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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Southern Poverty Law Center

Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance, Seeking Justice

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three stars

88.78

400 Washington Avenue Montgomery, AL 36104
tel: (888) 414-7752   Web Site
EIN: 63-0598743

Board Leadership
Bryan Fair
Chair

CEO
Richard Cohen
President / CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.78 three stars
  Financial 84.42 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups. Throughout its history, SPLC has worked to make the nation's Constitutional ideals a reality. The SPLC legal department fights all forms of discrimination and works to protect society's most vulnerable members, handling innovative cases that few lawyers are willing to take. The SPLC Intelligence Project monitors hate groups and tracks extremist activity throughout the U.S. To combat the causes of hate, SPLC in 1991 established Teaching Tolerance, an educational program to help K-12 teachers foster respect and understanding in the classroom.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups. Throughout its history, SPLC has worked to make the nation's Constitutional ideals a reality. The SPLC legal department fights all forms of discrimination and works to protect society's most vulnerable members, handling innovative cases that few lawyers are willing to take. The SPLC Intelligence Project monitors hate groups and tracks extremist activity throughout the U.S. To combat the causes of hate, SPLC in 1991 established Teaching Tolerance, an educational program to help K-12 teachers foster respect and understanding in the classroom.

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Financial

three stars

84.42

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
65.5%
  Administrative Expenses 13.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 21.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 8.86
  Program Expenses Growth 13.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Southern Poverty Law Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Southern Poverty Law Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Southern Poverty Law Center (AL) 88.78 three stars
Committee to Protect Journalists (NY) 93.17 four stars
A.J. Muste Memorial Institute (NY) 88.22 three stars
Advocates International (VA) 95.49 four stars
UnidosUS (DC) 91.83 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $131,815,727
   Federated Campaigns $228,452
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $132,044,179
   Program Service Revenue $877,357
Total Primary Revenue $132,921,536
   Other Revenue $3,452,088
TOTAL REVENUE $136,373,624
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $39,211,766
   Administrative Expenses $7,945,725
   Fundraising Expenses $12,626,830
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $59,784,321
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $76,589,303
   
Net Assets $449,834,593

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Supporting Victims of Civil Rights Abuses $19,673,321 50.2%
Public Information and Education $19,538,445 49.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-10 08/01/2018 88.78 three stars
2016-10 10/01/2017 85.50 three stars
2015-10 10/01/2016 86.00 three stars
2014-10 06/01/2016 84.59 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-10 10/01/2015 86.11 three stars
2013-10 10/01/2014 88.12 three stars
2012-10 06/01/2013 86.09 three stars
2011-10 06/01/2012 89.57 three stars
2010-10 09/20/2011 86.84 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-10 09/01/2010 70.03 two stars
2008-10 10/01/2009 78.82 two stars
2007-10 04/01/2009 85.48 three stars
2006-10 06/01/2008 88.57 three stars
2005-10 06/01/2006 82.57 three stars
2004-10 05/01/2005 69.78 one star
2003-10 08/01/2004 66.82 one star
2002-10 04/15/2003 73.91 two stars
2001-10 10/15/2002 74.95 two stars
2000-10 04/15/2002 71.31 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 63-0598743
Name in IRS Master File SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER INC
NTEE Code I83
NTEE Classification Public Interest Law, Litigation
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(430) Defense of human and civil rights
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date August, 1971
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End October
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • October, 2017
  • October, 2016
  • October, 2015
  • October, 2014
  • October, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$350,589 0.58% Richard Cohen President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$357,834 0.59% Morris Dees Chief Trial Counsel

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Southern Poverty Law Center (AL) 88.78 three stars
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles (CA) 92.22 four stars
Corporate Accountability (MA) 93.98 four stars
A.J. Muste Memorial Institute (NY) 88.22 three stars
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (DC) 90.91 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
tel: (888) 414-7752
EIN: 63-0598743

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Board Leadership

Bryan Fair
Chair

CEO

Richard Cohen
President / CEO

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