Char­ity web­site flags dozens of non­prof­its as hate groups

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BA­TON ROUGE | A web­site that touts it­self as the world’s largest source of in­for­ma­tion about char­i­ties has added a new fea­ture: a warn­ing la­bel on tax­ex­empt non­prof­its ac­cused of spread­ing hate.

Guidestar, a self-de­scribed “neu­tral” repos­i­tory for data on more than

2 mil­lion char­i­ties, re­cently flagged 46 non­prof­its for be­ing la­beled as hate groups by the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter.

A ban­ner atop each non­profit’s Guidestar pro­file in­cludes the law cen­ter’s logo and a link to its home­page.

Guidestar’s pres­i­dent and CEO, Ja­cob Harold, said the new fea­ture re­flects a “broader shift in how we imag­ine our role in the [non­profit] field.”

Adding data sources is part of that shift, but Mr. Harold framed the warn­ing la­bels as a re­sponse to the re­cent rise in “hate­ful rhetoric” in the U.S.

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