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.
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

Charts

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

Mission

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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Southern Poverty Law Center (AL) 88.78 three stars
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Alliance for Justice (DC) 95.83 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