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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Southern Poverty Law Center

Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance, Seeking Justice

93.53

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

Board Leadership
Bennett Grau
Chair

CEO
Margaret Huang
President and Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.53
  Financial 91.37
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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.

Financial

91.37

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
72.3%
  Administrative Expenses 14.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.69
  Program Expenses Growth 22.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.3%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Southern Poverty Law Center (AL) 93.53
Southern Center for Human Rights (GA) 99.61
The Sentencing Project (DC) 90.17
re:power fund (MN) 87.78
Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty (MI) 92.65

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $107,623,895
   Federated Campaigns $454,761
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $108,078,656
   Program Service Revenue $72,635
Total Primary Revenue $108,151,291
   Other Revenue $24,767,285
TOTAL REVENUE $132,918,576
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $72,797,794
   Administrative Expenses $13,955,505
   Fundraising Expenses $10,655,731
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $97,409,030
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $35,509,546
   
Net Assets $587,803,614

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 $33,018,760 45.4%
Public Information and Education $39,779,034 54.6%

Ratings History
Southern Poverty Law Center has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-10 10/01/2021 93.53
2019-10 11/01/2020 91.30
2018-10 09/03/2019 90.96
2017-10 08/01/2018 88.78
2016-10 10/01/2017 85.50
2015-10 10/01/2016 86.00
2014-10 06/01/2016 84.59
 
CN 2.0
2014-10 10/01/2015 86.11
2013-10 10/01/2014 88.12
2012-10 06/01/2013 86.09
2011-10 06/01/2012 89.57
2010-10 09/20/2011 86.84
 
CN 1.0
2009-10 09/01/2010 70.03
2008-10 10/01/2009 78.82
2007-10 04/01/2009 85.48
2006-10 06/01/2008 88.57
2005-10 06/01/2006 82.57
2004-10 05/01/2005 69.78
2003-10 08/01/2004 66.82
2002-10 04/15/2003 73.91

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • October, 2018
  • October, 2017
  • October, 2016
  • October, 2015
  • October, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Margaret Huang President & CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$401,802 0.41% Richard Cohen Former President & CEO
$353,734 0.36% Karen Baynes-Dunning Interim President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Southern Poverty Law Center (AL) 93.53
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law (NY) 92.20
American Family Association (MS) 90.71
The New World Foundation (NY) 89.48
Centurion Ministries (NJ) 95.09

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

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Board Leadership

Bennett Grau
Chair

CEO

Margaret Huang
President and Chief Executive Officer

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