When you decide to include the Southern Poverty Law Center in your Will, you make the ultimate gift. Your legacy will help ensure the Center can continue to promote tolerance and aid victims of injustice far into the future.

A gift by Will or bequest is totally deductible for estate tax purposes. Once you notify the Center of your bequest intention, you join Partners for the Future.

Here are different ways to support the Center through a charitable bequest, along with commonly used language:

  • A residual bequest grants the residue, or portion of the residue, of your estate to the Center after explicit bequests have been made;

    "I give to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc., a non-profit organization located at 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36104, all (or ____ %) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal property of whatever kind and wheresoever situated."

  • A specific bequest of a stated dollar amount or specific securities;

    "I give to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc., a non-profit organization located at 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36104, the sum of ____ dollars (or describe the specific property or security you intend to give)."

  • A contingent bequest in case one or more of your bequests cannot be fulfilled;

    "If any of the above-named beneficiaries should predecease me, I hereby give his/her share of my estate to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc., a non-profit organization located at 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36104."

  • A life income bequest which gives income to someone close to you with the principal reverting to the Center after his/her lifetime.


You should always consult your attorney when drawing up or revising your Will to ensure your intentions are carried out properly.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our tax identification number is 63-0598743. The name and address to include in your Will is:

Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc.
400 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104


If you have any questions or need additional information, please call the planned giving department toll free at 1-888-414-7752 or contact us online.

We recommend that you consult with your attorney or tax advisor for the various tax benefits and restrictions that may apply to your specific situation. We are available to you and your advisors to answer questions or help arrange a planned gift to the Center. The Center's future programs depends on the partnerships we form today.