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Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/14/2014: Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER INC

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AKA  Southern Poverty Law Center
Montgomery, AL
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Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/14/2014: Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER INC

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Also Known As: Southern Poverty Law Center
Physical Address: Montgomery, AL 36104 
EIN: 63-0598743
Web URL: www.splcenter.org 
Blog URL: www.splcenter.org/blog/ 
NTEE Category: R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R30 Intergroup/Race Relations
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R22 Minority Rights
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R60 Civil Liberties Advocacy
Ruling Year: 1971 


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Mission Statement

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

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Fiscal Year Starting: November 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: October 31, 2013

Total Revenue $42,742,124
Total Expenses $40,188,109

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Mr. Richard Cohen

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Since Nov 2003

Profile:

A Virginia native, Richard received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 1976 and his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1979. Prior to joining the SPLC staff in 1986, he was a shareholder in a Washington, D.C. law firm. He has been involved in a wide variety of civil rights litigation ranging from traditional employment discrimination and voting rights cases to lawsuits against neo-Nazi organizations. Richard has appeared in numerous state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1997, Richard was named by American Lawyer magazine as one of 45 “young lawyers outside the private sector whose vision and commitment are changing lives.” In 1999, he was a finalist for the Lawyer of the Year Award from the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for his role in representing an African American church against Klan arsonists. As SPLC president, Richard also directs the SPLC project that monitors hate group activity across the country as well as the educational initiatives. He served as the executive producer of “Mighty Times: The Children’s March,” an SPLC-produced documentary film that won an Academy Award in 2005.

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Budget:
$14,263,365
Category:
None
Population Served:
Females, all ages or age unspecified
Males, all ages or age unspecified
None

Program Description:

The SPLC’s public information and education efforts seek to combat hate and bias in our society, expose extremism, and reduce discrimination and injustice. The SPLC provides information about hate groups and other extremists, their activities and their crimes to the public, law enforcement, policymakers, human rights organizations, and the media with the goal of preventing hate and extremism from entering the mainstream. The SPLC provides information and training materials to tens of thousands of law enforcement officers nationwide and conducts in-person training with thousands of officers per year. The SPLC also seeks to foster equality in the classroom and support tolerance education by providing award-winning, anti-bias materials to more than 400,000 teachers and schools nationwide. The SPLC educates the public on the structural causes, and impacts, of inequality and uses a multifaceted approach of community education, mobilization, media and legislative advocacy to combat bias and discrimination against minorities, immigrants, the poor, the LGBT community and other vulnerable members of society. All of the SPLC’s work is provided free of charge.

Program Long-Term Success:

Teaching Tolerance   Now in its 22nd year, Teaching Tolerance remains a critical resource for hundreds of thousands of educators.  As school budgets are slashed and high-stakes testing narrows the curriculum, teachers are forced to eliminate multicultural content.  Teaching Tolerance fills this need by consistently providing free, supplemental materials and activities that educators can integrate into core classroom lessons and their own professional development units.     Intelligence Project   The Intelligence Project is tracking a record number of hate and extremist groups.  Our network of law enforcement allies has grown extensively, and the project has assisted in shutting down dangerous hate groups like the White Aryan Resistance, the United Klans of America, the White Patriot Party militia, and the Aryan Nations. These victories have made the SPLC the reviled enemies of the radical right.  The SPLC headquarters in Montgomery has been the target of numerous plots by extremist groups, including a firebombing that destroyed our offices in 1983.  Several dozen people have been sent to prison for plotting against our founder, Morris Dees, our staff members, and the SPLC building.

Program Short-Term Success:

Teaching Tolerance We are piloting our new Common Core State Standards-aligned, K-12 tolerance curriculum, Perspectives for a Diverse America, and we will formally launch it for the 2014-2015 school year. We publish our Teaching Tolerance magazine three times a year, reaching 450,000 subscribers, and offer teaching kits, professional development, and school climate resources to every school in the country. We organize our annual Mix it Up at Lunch Day, which challenges students to cross social and racial boundaries through the simple act of taking a new seat in the cafeteria during lunch. Our website, tolerance.org, offers more than 500 no-cost, anti-bias lesson plans and classroom activities     Intelligence Project   The Intelligence Project trains thousands of officers from across the country each year about the activities of extremists in the U.S., the nature of hate crimes, and the role of law enforcement personnel in identifying and investigating such activities.  It delivers this programming through tailored workshops - which were recently expanded to meet an increased in demand in light of violent extremist activity - and training videos distributed free of charge to every law enforcement agency that requests it.  Recently, when two patrolmen were killed by members of the anti-government "sovereign citizen" movement, the Intelligence Project created a 12-minute video to help officers recognize the signs of this deadly group.  Response was so overwhelming that the project has committed to more videos that will help law enforcement protect themselves on the frontlines.

Program Success Monitored by:

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Program Success Examples:

Teaching Tolerance has attracted considerable external recognition, including 35 honors from the Association of Education Publishers (AEP) - including the Golden Lamp, its highest honor - two Oscars®, and awards from the National Education Association among others.  The AEP named Teaching Tolerance Periodical of the Year in Distinguished Achievement in three of the last four years.

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Budget:
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Category:
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Population Served:
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Males, all ages or age unspecified
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Program Description:

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) seeks justice by supporting victims of civil rights abuses and hate crimes, and promoting the civil and human rights of groups most affected by bias and discrimination in our society: minorities, immigrants, guest workers, children, the poor, and the LGBT community – both in the Deep South and nationwide. Its case docket focuses on holding hate groups accountable for murders and other violent acts committed by their members; ending workplace exploitation of immigrants; challenging unconstitutional or discriminatory laws and policies affecting immigrants, minorities and the LGBT community; and working to reform juvenile justice, mental health, and education systems that fail children and routinely push students out of classrooms and into the criminal justice system, disproportionately harming African-American and Latino students living in poverty. The SPLC attorneys focus on these critical civil rights issues from five SPLC offices in the Deep South.

Program Long-Term Success:

Forty-three years may have passed since the founding of the Southern Poverty Law Center, but today's work continues to transform society.  As the country has grown increasingly diverse, the SPLC's work has only become more vital.  And its history is evidence of an unwavering resolve to promote and protect our nation's most cherished ideals by standing up for those who have no other champions.

Program Short-Term Success:

Our most recent legal actions include:  enforcing the jury's verdict and take the Imperial Klans of America leader's compound for the brutal beating of a Latino teenager in Kentucky; securing access to children held at an abusive juvenile facility in Mississippi; gutting Alabama's tough immigration law; and, in a landmark ruling, we ensured that all veterans in legal, same-sex marriages receive equal benefits as other married couples. These victories have national impact as the SPLC continues to set precedence in the protection of society's most vulnerable.

Program Success Monitored by:

Our senior leadership team and our board of directors.

Program Success Examples:

A few of the SPLC’s landmark cases include: Keenan v. Aryan Nations(http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/case-docket/keenan-v-aryan-nations) , Penny Doe v. Richardson(http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/case-docket/penny-doe-v-richardson) , Macedonia v. Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan(http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/case-docket/macedonia-v-christian-knights-of-the-ku-klux-klan) , Mansfield v. Pierce(http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/case-docket/mansfield-v-pierce) , Mansfield v. Church of the Creator(http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/case-docket/mansfield-v-church-of-the-creator) , McKinney v. Southern White Knights(http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/case-docket/mckinney-v-southern-white-knights) , Donald v. United Klans of America(http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/case-docket/donald-v-united-klans-of-america) , and Vietnamese Fishermen's Association v. Knights of the Ku Klux Klan(http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/case-docket/vietnamese-fishermens-association-v-knights-of-the-ku-klux-klan) .
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For more than 40 years, the Southern Poverty Law Center has won justice for the most vulnerable in our society – from integrating the Alabama State Troopers to securing multimillion-dollar judgments on behalf victims of hate group violence. Each year, our Teaching Tolerance program reaches millions of students with award-winning tolerance education resources sent free to every school in the nation.
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Expert Assessment

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) brings issues of hate crimes to national attention through their research and public education work. Their research has informed policy, such as the James Byrd-Matthew Sheppard Act. Their research also helped to inform the public and program facilitators. SLC also has made significant progress in demonstrating the link between white nationalist activity ands anti-LGBTQ activity, helping to galvanize groups around the same issues. Read More »

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Evidence of Impact

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) brings issues of hate crimes to national attention through their research and public education work. Their research has informed policy, such as the James Byrd-Matthew Sheppard Act. Their research also helped to inform the public and program facilitators. SLC also has made significant progress in demonstrating the link between white nationalist activity ands anti-LGBTQ activity, helping to galvanize groups around the same issues.

Linking Social Issues
SPLC has made it a priority to link white nationalist activity to anti-LGBTQ activity. Their investment in framing the issues as intersectional have made a significant impact in the way people approach organizing around these issues. Researcher and Faculty
Litigation
They do strong work in the area of impact litigation focused on LGBT rights; they have achieved results and are bold about taking on cases that others turn down. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Information Sharing
The Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) newsletter titled "Intelligence Report" informs me about anti-LGBT and racist hate groups throughout the United States and what efforts are being made to prevent them from harming people. This is a unique service that the SPLC provides, and it helps me to know both what challenges LGBT people continue to face, who our allies are, and how we can work together to ensure our safety. Nonprofit Senior Staff
SPLC has brought awareness to the issue of hate/bias crimes into the national debate. Their research and watch-dog programs helped propel national policy into action through such laws as the James Byrd-Matthew Sheppard Act. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Organizational Strengths

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is great at translating their work into tangible actions at the local level. They collaborate with local community organizations and law enforcement to improve community safety. SPLC staff members excel at working across issues and communicating the way that various issues overlap. The organization also produces informative, well-written publications.

Cross-Issue Work
They are great at framing the arguments to make it easier to connect seemingly "different" issues together. Researcher and Faculty
They do strong cross-issue work. They are based in the South and deeply understand the region. They also have a talented group of staff members. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Great Communication
The Southern Poverty Law Center's publications are well-written and easy to read. The SPLC also makes clear the connections between different forms of hate. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Strong Local Connection
Specifically, they have done strong work in their mapping of hate groups, and working with local communities on awareness has allowed grassroots organizations to improve community safety and collaborations with local law enforcement. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Areas for Improvement

Southern Poverty Law Center could improve on their communication and messaging. For example making information on their website more accessible. They also need to grow their resources in order to better serve areas with less assessability.

Improve Communication
They need greater clarity on their website on how community members can seek assistance from SPLC. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Grow Resources
They just need more resources to bring their messages and trainings into more rural communities. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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