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SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER INC

MONTGOMERY, AL 36104-4344 | Tax-exempt since Aug. 1971
  • EIN: 63-0598743
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Public Interest Law, Litigation (Crime, Legal-Related)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
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The IRS Form 990 is an annual information return that most organizations claiming federal tax-exempt status must file yearly. Read the IRS instructions for 990 forms.

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Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2020

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2020

PDF

990

Full Text

990 (filed on April 12, 2021)

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990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Key Employees and Officers Compensation
RICHARD COHEN (OUTGOING PRESIDENT/CEO) $401,802
KAREN BAYNES-DUNNING (INTERIM PRESIDENT/CEO) $353,734
RHONDA BROWNSTEIN (OUTGOING LEGAL DIRECTOR) $272,365
ED LORD (CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER) $220,480
TEENIE HUTCHISON (SECRETARY/TREASURER) $205,898
SETH LEVI (CHIEF PROGRAM STRATEGY OFFICER) $204,646
LECIA BROOKS (CHIEF OF STAFF) $187,738
LISA GRAYBILL (DEPUTY LEGAL DIRECTOR) $174,088
HEIDI BEIRICH (DIRECTOR-INTEL PROJECT) $173,090
DAVID DINIELLI (DEPUTY LEGAL DIRECTOR) $168,885
MAUREEN COSTELLO (DIRECTOR OF TEACHING TOLER) $168,877
ERIK OLVERA (CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER) $167,599
JAMES KNOEPP (GENERAL COUNSEL) $159,709
BENNETT GRAU (DIRECTOR) $0
BRYAN FAIR (DIRECTOR) $0
COREY WIGGINS (DIRECTOR) $0
ELDEN ROSENTHAL (DIRECTOR) $0
EMERY WRIGHT (DIRECTOR) $0
ISABEL RUBIO (DIRECTOR) $0
JAMES MCELROY (DIRECTOR) $0
JOSH BERKENSTEIN (DIRECTOR) $0
KAROL MASON (DIRECTOR) $0
KATHERYN RUSSELL-BROWN (DIRECTOR) $0
LIDA ORZECK (DIRECTOR) $0
MARSHA LEVICK (DIRECTOR) $0
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Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2019

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2019

PDF

990
990-T

Full Text

990 (filed on Sept. 4, 2020)

Full Filing

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990

Total Revenue

$117,034,012

Total Functional Expenses $88,428,653
Net income $28,605,359
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $97,352,445 83.2%
Program services $328,083 0.3%
Investment income $2,770,007 2.4%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $128,264 0.1%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $16,393,259 14.0%
Net inventory sales $61,954 0.1%
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,786,803 2.0%
Professional fundraising fees $809,661 0.9%
Other salaries and wages $24,350,596 27.5%
Other
Total Assets $569,403,418
Total Liabilities $26,259,368
Net Assets $543,144,050
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
RICHARD COHEN (PRESIDENT/CEO) $383,231
MORRIS DEES (CO-FOUNDER) $373,899
RHONDA BROWNSTEIN (LEGAL DIRECTOR) $233,062
TEENIE HUTCHISON (SECRETARY/TREASURER) $190,609
HEIDI BEIRICH (DIRECTOR-INTEL PROJECT) $166,469
LISA GRAYBILL (DEPUTY LEGAL DIRECTOR) $161,144
MAUREEN COSTELLO (DIRECTOR OF TEACHING TOLER) $155,749
DAVID DINIELLI (DEPUTY LEGAL DIRECTOR) $154,939
WENDY VIA (CHIEF DEVELOPMENT & COMMUN) $154,634
JAMES KNOEPP (GENERAL COUNSEL) $149,375
ELDEN ROSENTHAL (DIRECTOR) $0
BRYAN FAIR (DIRECTOR) $0
PAM HOROWITZ (DIRECTOR) $0
MARSHA LEVICK (DIRECTOR) $0
KATHERYN RUSSELL-BROWN (DIRECTOR) $0
BENNETT GRAU (DIRECTOR) $0
KAROL MASON (DIRECTOR) $0
WILL LITTLE (DIRECTOR) $0
JAMES MCELROY (DIRECTOR) $0
HOWARD MANDELL (DIRECTOR) $0
LIDA ORZECK (DIRECTOR) $0
ELLEN SUDOW (DIRECTOR) $0
KAREN BAYNES-DUNNING (INTERIM PRESIDENT/CEO) $0
Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2018

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2018

PDF

990
990-T
990-T

Full Text

990 (filed on May 15, 2019)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$121,975,162

Total Functional Expenses $74,970,297
Net income $47,004,865
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $111,176,287 91.1%
Program services $72,861 0.1%
Investment income $2,377,689 1.9%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $92,515 0.1%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $8,191,805 6.7%
Net inventory sales $64,005 0.1%
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,443,725 1.9%
Professional fundraising fees $1,535,978 2.0%
Other salaries and wages $20,558,667 27.4%
Other
Total Assets $518,251,510
Total Liabilities $25,758,145
Net Assets $492,493,365
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
MORRIS DEES (CHIEF TRIAL COUNSEL) $375,181
RICHARD COHEN (PRESIDENT/CEO) $364,799
WENDY VIA (CHIEF DEVELOPMENT & COMMUN) $244,922
RHONDA BROWNSTEIN (LEGAL DIRECTOR) $222,606
TEENIE HUTCHISON (SECRETARY/TREASURER) $172,517
MARK POTOK (FORMER SENIOR FELLOW) $162,020
HEIDI BEIRICH (DIRECTOR-INTEL PROJECT) $155,699
LISA GRAYBILL (DEPUTY LEGAL DIRECTOR) $152,464
DAVID DINIELLI (DEPUTY LEGAL DIRECTOR) $144,405
MAUREEN COSTELLO (DIRECTOR OF TEACHING TOLER) $143,983
ALAN HOWARD (DIRECTOR) $0
WILL LITTLE (DIRECTOR) $0
JAMES MCELROY (DIRECTOR) $0
JAMES RUCKER (DIRECTOR) $0
ELLEN SUDOW (DIRECTOR) $0
LIDA ORZECK (DIRECTOR) $0
ELDEN ROSENTHAL (DIRECTOR) $0
HENRY SOLANO (DIRECTOR) $0
BRYAN FAIR (DIRECTOR) $0
JOCELYN BENSON (DIRECTOR) $0
BENNETT GRAU (DIRECTOR) $0
HOWARD MANDELL (DIRECTOR) $0
KAREN BAYNES-DUNNING (DIRECTOR) $0
PAM HOROWITZ (DIRECTOR) $0
MARSHA LEVICK (DIRECTOR) $0
Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2017

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2017

PDF

990
990-T

Full Text

990 (filed on April 2, 2018)

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Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$136,373,624

Total Functional Expenses $59,784,321
Net income $76,589,303
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $132,044,179 96.8%
Program services $877,357 0.6%
Investment income $1,187,566 0.9%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $59,972 0.0%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $2,154,225 1.6%
Net inventory sales $50,325 0.0%
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,003,663 1.7%
Professional fundraising fees $3,180,775 5.3%
Other salaries and wages $17,094,493 28.6%
Other
Total Assets $477,046,287
Total Liabilities $27,211,694
Net Assets $449,834,593
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
MORRIS DEES (CHIEF TRIAL COUNSEL) $357,834
RICHARD COHEN (PRESIDENT/CEO) $350,589
WENDY VIA (CHIEF DEVELOPMENT & COMMUN) $224,536
RHONDA BROWNSTEIN (LEGAL DIRECTOR) $213,454
TEENIE HUTCHISON (SECRETARY/TREASURER) $159,556
HEIDI BEIRICH (DIRECTOR-INTEL PROJECT) $149,499
LISA GRAYBILL (DEPUTY LEGAL DIRECTOR) $146,416
MARK POTOK (SENIOR FELLOW) $138,159
DAVID DINIELLI (DEPUTY LEGAL DIRECTOR) $137,156
MAUREEN COSTELLO (DIRECTOR OF TEACHING TOLERANCE) $136,933
LISA SAHULKA (Former COO) $134,194
ALAN HOWARD (Director) $0
WILL LITTLE (DIRector) $0
JAMES MCELROY (DIRECTOR) $0
JAMES RUCKER (DIRECTOR) $0
ELLEN SUDOW (DIRECTOR) $0
LIDA ORZECK (DIRECTOR) $0
ELDEN ROSENTHAL (director) $0
henry solano (director) $0
bryan fair (director) $0
JOCELYN BENSON (Director) $0
BENNETT GRAU (Director) $0
HOWARD MANDELL (DIRECTOR) $0
Karen Baynes-Dunning (director) $0
Pam Horowitz (director) $0
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Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2016

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2016

PDF

990-T

Full Text

990 (filed on July 20, 2017)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$58,176,499

Total Functional Expenses $45,799,486
Net income $12,377,013
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $50,297,653 86.5%
Program services $1,015,215 1.7%
Investment income $648,825 1.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $65,706 0.1%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $6,119,550 10.5%
Net inventory sales $29,550 0.1%
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,197,837 2.6%
Professional fundraising fees $2,267,045 4.9%
Other salaries and wages $1,228,810 2.7%
Other
Total Assets $353,174,928
Total Liabilities $24,779,836
Net Assets $328,395,092
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
MORRIS DEES (CHIEF TRIAL COUNSEL) $359,592
RICHARD COHEN (PRESIDENT/CEO) $355,140
WENDY VIA (CHIEF DEVELOPMENT & COMMUN) $213,934
RHONDA BROWNSTEIN (LEGAL DIRECTOR) $204,116
LISA SAHULKA (COO) $188,812
TEENIE HUTCHISON (SECRETARY/TREASURER) $158,251
HEIDI BEIRICH (DIRECTOR-INTEL PROJECT) $148,837
MARK POTOK (SENIOR FELLOW) $147,821
JAMES M KNOEPP (SR. SUPERVISING ATTORNEY/GENERAL COUNSEL) $140,281
ALAN HOWARD (Director) $0
MARSHA LEVICK (Director) $0
WILL LITTLE (DIRector) $0
JAMES MCELROY (DIRECTOR) $0
JAMES RUCKER (DIRECTOR) $0
ELLEN SUDOW (DIRECTOR) $0
LIDA ORZECK (DIRECTOR) $0
ELDEN ROSENTHAL (director) $0
henry solano (director) $0
bryan fair (director) $0
JOCELYN BENSON (Director) $0
BENNETT GRAU (Director) $0
HOWARD MANDELL (DIRECTOR) $0
Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2015

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2015

PDF

990
990-T

Full Text

990 (filed on July 7, 2016)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$54,267,891

Total Functional Expenses $45,371,841
Net income $8,896,050
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $44,968,003 82.9%
Program services $257,244 0.5%
Investment income $875,749 1.6%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $45,673 0.1%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $8,085,410 14.9%
Net inventory sales $35,812 0.1%
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,291,447 2.8%
Professional fundraising fees $2,484,614 5.5%
Other salaries and wages $12,846,238 28.3%
Other
Total Assets $338,470,618
Total Liabilities $23,117,551
Net Assets $315,353,067
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
MORRIS DEES (CHIEF TRIAL COUNSEL) $337,146
RICHARD COHEN (PRESIDENT/CEO) $333,296
WENDY VIA (CHIEF DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER) $186,645
JERRI KATZERMAN (DEPUTY LEGAL DIRECTOR) $183,752
LISA SAHULKA (COO) $176,511
JOSEPH J LEVIN JR (GENERAL COUNSEL) $160,626
TEENIE HUTCHISON (SECRETARY/TREASURER) $154,457
HEIDI BEIRICH (DIRECTOR-INTEL PROJECT) $138,605
MARK POTOK (SENIOR FELLOW) $138,583
DAVID UTTER (JUVENILE JUSTICE POLICY ST) $136,039
ALAN HOWARD (DIRECTOR) $0
MARSHA LEVICK (DIRECTOR) $0
WILL LITTLE (DIRECTOR) $0
JAMES MCELROY (DIRECTOR) $0
JAMES RUCKER (DIRECTOR) $0
ELLEN SUDOW (DIRECTOR) $0
LIDA ORZECK (DIRECTOR) $0
ELDEN ROSENTHAL (DIRECTOR) $0
HENRY SOLANO (DIRECTOR) $0
BRYAN FAIR (DIRECTOR) $0
JOCELYN BENSON (DIRECTOR) $0
BENNETT GRAU (DIRECTOR) $0
HOWARD MANDELL (DIRECTOR) $0
Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2014

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2014

PDF

990
990-T

Full Text

990 (filed on Feb. 6, 2015)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$54,420,509

Total Functional Expenses $42,414,311
Net income $12,006,198
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $43,667,375 80.2%
Program services $194,008 0.4%
Investment income $950,843 1.7%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $76,028 0.1%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $9,501,446 17.5%
Net inventory sales $30,809 0.1%
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,357,834 3.2%
Professional fundraising fees $2,327,734 5.5%
Other salaries and wages $12,131,298 28.6%
Other
Total Assets $340,597,498
Total Liabilities $25,849,366
Net Assets $314,748,132
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
MORRIS DEES (CHIEF TRIAL COUNSEL) $326,893
RICHARD COHEN (PRESIDENT/CEO) $319,820
WENDY VIA (CHIEF DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER) $177,054
JOSEPH J LEVIN JR (GENERAL COUNSEL) $167,158
TEENIE HUTCHISON (SECRETARY/TREASURER) $142,344
MARK POTOK (SENIOR FELLOW) $135,987
JERRI KATZERMAN (DEPUTY LEGAL DIRECTOR) $135,895
DAVID UTTER (JUVENILE JUSTICE POLICY STRATEGIST) $135,029
HEIDI BEIRICH (DIRECTOR-INTEL PROJECT) $133,897
LISA SAHULKA (COO) $45,050
ALAN HOWARD (DIRECTOR) $0
MARSHA LEVICK (DIRECTOR) $0
WILL LITTLE (DIRECTOR) $0
JAMES MCELROY (DIRECTOR) $0
JAMES RUCKER (DIRECTOR) $0
ELLEN SUDOW (DIRECTOR) $0
LIDA ORZECK (DIRECTOR) $0
ELDEN ROSENTHAL (DIRECTOR) $0
HENRY SOLANO (DIRECTOR) $0
BRYAN FAIR (DIRECTOR) $0
JOCELYN BENSON (DIRECTOR) $0
BENNETT GRAU (DIRECTOR) $0
Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2013

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2013

PDF

990
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990

Total Revenue

$42,742,124

Total Functional Expenses $40,026,789
Net income $2,715,335
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $37,503,868 87.7%
Program services $1,219,629 2.9%
Investment income $1,071,011 2.5%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $87,384 0.2%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $2,824,147 6.6%
Net inventory sales $36,085 0.1%
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,097,382 2.7%
Professional fundraising fees $2,537,049 6.3%
Other salaries and wages $11,666,538 29.1%
Other
Total Assets $314,344,507
Total Liabilities $23,139,626
Net Assets $291,204,881
Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2012

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2012

PDF

990
990-T

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990

Total Revenue

$40,418,368

Total Functional Expenses $38,237,350
Net income $2,181,018
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $38,759,765 95.9%
Program services $157,287 0.4%
Investment income $885,523 2.2%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $80,902 0.2%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $504,574 1.2%
Net inventory sales $30,317 0.1%
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,273,487 3.3%
Professional fundraising fees $2,218,356 5.8%
Other salaries and wages $10,973,908 28.7%
Other
Total Assets $279,420,404
Total Liabilities $22,865,646
Net Assets $256,554,758
Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2011

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2011

PDF

990
990-T

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990

Total Revenue

$38,712,628

Total Functional Expenses $34,565,412
Net income $4,147,216
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $36,125,562 93.3%
Program services $170,326 0.4%
Investment income $807,932 2.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $70,127 0.2%
Rental property income $9,155 0.0%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $1,489,639 3.8%
Net inventory sales $39,887 0.1%
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,285,855 3.7%
Professional fundraising fees $1,036,895 3.0%
Other salaries and wages $9,521,109 27.5%
Other
Total Assets $260,547,642
Total Liabilities $22,413,078
Net Assets $238,134,564
Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2010

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2010

PDF

990
990-T

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990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2009

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2009

PDF

990
990-T

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2008

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2008

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2007

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2007

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2006

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2006

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2005

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2005

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2004

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2004

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2003

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2003

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2002

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2002

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Oct. 2001

Fiscal year ending Oct.

2001

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

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