Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Southern Poverty Law Center

Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance, Seeking Justice

four stars

90.96

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

Board Leadership
Bryan Fair
Chair

CEO
Karen Baynes-Dunning
Interim President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.96 four stars
  Financial 87.58 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of hategroups in the U.S.
1,020
Number of legal practice groups
6
Number of Facebook followers
1,165,240
Number of teachers and schools who receive our free anti-bias resources
500,000
This impact information is current as of September 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

87.58

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
67.8%
  Administrative Expenses 13.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 8.12
  Program Expenses Growth 21.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.9%
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 $110,486,370
   Federated Campaigns $689,917
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $111,176,287
   Program Service Revenue $72,861
Total Primary Revenue $111,249,148
   Other Revenue $10,726,014
TOTAL REVENUE $121,975,162
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $53,074,538
   Administrative Expenses $10,558,501
   Fundraising Expenses $11,337,258
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $74,970,297
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $47,004,865
   
Net Assets $492,493,365

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$364,799 0.48% Richard Cohen President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$375,181 0.50% 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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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

Karen Baynes-Dunning
Interim President