Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc.

Fighting Hate, Learning for Justice, Seeking Justice

aka Southern Poverty Law Center   |   Montgomery, AL   |  http://www.splcenter.org

Mission

The SPLC is a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people.

Ruling year info

1971

President & CEO

Margaret Huang

Main address

400 Washington Ave

Montgomery, AL 36104 USA

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EIN

63-0598743

NTEE code info

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Minority Rights (R22)

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The SPLC 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.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education

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 450,000 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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 six SPLC offices in the Deep South.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Emmy Award 2005

National Television Academy

Oscar 1994

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Oscar 2005

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Induction into the Trial Lawyers' Hall of Fame by the American Trial Lawyers'' Association 2009

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice named SPLC Founder & Chief Trial Counselor "Trial Lawyer of the Year"

Periodical of the Year 2010

Association of Educational Publishers

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of hategroups in the U.S.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Each year since 1990, the SPLC has published an annual census of hate groups operating within the United States.

Number of legal practice groups

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Legal

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The SPLC is focused on impact litigation n these practice areas: Children’s Rights, Economic Justice, Immigrant Justice, LGBT Rights, Criminal Justice Reform and Voting Rights.

Number of Facebook followers

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of teachers and schools who receive our free anti-bias resources

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our community includes more than 500,000 educators who read our magazine, screen our films, visit our website, participate in Mix It Up at Lunch Day, use our curriculum.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Southern Poverty Law Center's goals are to fight hate, to teach tolerance, and to seek justice. We work on behalf of victims of civil rights abuses and hate crimes, and promote 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. We organize our work in eight programmatic priorities: Hate and Extremism; Criminal Justice Reform; Children at Risk; LGBT Rights; Immigrant Justice, Economic Justice; Voting Rights; and, Teaching Tolerance.

The SPLC's strategies combine litigation, public information and education, media outreach, and advocacy.

The SPLC has been on the forefront of social justice since its founding in 1971. We are an internationally recognized leader in advancing civil rights and social equality and considered the nation's preeminent organization monitoring the radical right. We have an active case docket, and focus 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 six SPLC offices in the Deep South.

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 450,000 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.

Hate and Extremism: We are the only organization that produces an annual hate group list, making our efforts essential to gauging the level of extremism in the United States. Currently, there are 954 known hate groups operating across the country, including neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, border vigilantes and others. We also combat hate through litigation designed to hold hate groups and individuals accountable for their crimes, deter their future misconduct, and win justice for their victims.

Children at Risk: The SPLC has a longstanding commitment to ensure that vulnerable children in the Deep South have an equal opportunity to reach their full potential. Our attorneys focus primarily on two public systems with a significant impact on the life outcomes of at-risk children: the juvenile justice and education systems. Currently we're focusing on stopping the “school-to-prison pipeline; ensuring equal access to for children in poverty and those with disabilities; and ensuring access to mental health services for children living in poverty.

Criminal Justice Reform: We focus on making sure these systems operate fairly and equitably; to ensure the dignity and humanity of those interacting with these systems; and to reduce the population of jailed, detained, and incarcerated juveniles, immigrants, and adults.

Economic Justice: We legal cases and advocacy seeks to ensure that people living in poverty in the Deep South, particularly communities of color, are not punished or exploited because of their economic status. We focus on court debt and bail, government safety nets and consumer protection.

Immigrant Justice: The SPLC works to ensure that immigrants are treated fairly, equally, and with dignity and are empowered to live their lives as full members of society. We focus on immigrant enforcement and “crimmigration"; civil rights of immigrants; and protecting immigrant workers from workplace abuse.

LGBT Rights: We work to eliminate discrimination against the LGBT community, particularly in the Deep South.

Voting Rights: We work to end systematic voter suppression and to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to make their voice heard at the ballot box.

Teaching Tolerance: Our mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.

Financials

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Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/19/2021
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Board chair

Bennett Grau

Bryan Fair

Lida Orzeck

Elden Rosenthal

Pam Horowitz

Joseph Levin

Karol Mason

Verna Williams

Katheryn Russell-Brown

Corey Cortez Wiggins

Emery Wright

Isabel Rubio

Josh Berkenstein

Minjon Tholen

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes