Lump of Coal

Fairfax Journal, December 16, 2003

Read more about the questionable dealings of Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC):
The Church of Morris Dees
Lump of Coal
When a hate crime is something to love
Morris Dees Fact Sheet
Charity Navigator - the SPLC receives an overall rating of only one star and a score of 39.
Photos - The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Expands
... human nature being what it is, there always seems to be a lump of coal lurking among the sugarplums.

We were reminded of this unpleasant fact again by a Journal reader in Arlington who considered making a contribution to the Southern Poverty Law Center, listed as No. 0454 in the Combined Federal Campaign...

In fact, unknown to most CFC donors, the tax-exempt SPLC flunked an audit by the Arlington-based Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, which requires that "a reasonable percentage, at least 50 percent of total income from all sources, should be applied to programs and activities directly related to the purposes for which the organization exists."

...SPLC...spent 89 percent of its total income on fund-raising and administrative costs...

Granted, administrative costs tend to run high when executive salaries are in the six-figure range. For example,... Morris Dees, SPLC's chief trial lawyer, pulls down a cool $280,699...

... give your hard-earned dollars to a real charity, not a bunch of slick, parasitic hucksters who live high on the hog by raising money on behalf of needy people who never see a dime of it.

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