Foundation Beyond Belief – Atheists Give Over $70,000 So Far This Year

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Many of my readers have asked for me to do more posts about money/investments/the economy.  I will start a new program in an effort to do at least one per week.  It will be called Money Monday.  Each Monday there will be a post about money. 

For our first Money Monday we have a story about an upswing in giving from the Philanthropy Journal

Most Americans plan to give as much or more to charity in the final three months of the year, compared to the same period in previous years a new survey says.

Another good sign that the economy is getting better.  When people are scared or the market makes a big drop – they give less money. 

The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund says its donors recommended over 212,000 grants totaling over $741 million to nonprofits in the first nine months of 2010, up 22 percent and 13 percent, respectively from the same period last year.

Incoming charitable contributions in the first nine months of the year grew 54 percent to $610 million.

If you can, please give to a Secular charity like the Foundation Beyond Belief

It’s been a great year. With six weeks to go in 2010, the humanist members of Foundation Beyond Belief have raised over $70,000 for 37 outstanding charities.Now we’re asking for a little help ourselves.

In 2010, our members fed, clothed, and paid school tuition for 22 impoverished children in Nepal. We have funded science education in India and in US public schools and supported efforts to fight global warming and protect biodiversity.

We put textbooks in Uganda’s humanist schools and peacebuilding teams in Uganda’s conflict areas. We funded efforts to improve access to health care for marginalized populations on four continents and in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake. We helped launch a new Camp Quest in Virginia and helped build a new school for girls in Pakistan.

We’ve added humanist voices and dollars to the fight for LGBT rights, the key civil rights struggle of our time. We’ve empowered adoptions, fed the hungry, and worked to protect the most vulnerable—refugees in war, victims of torture, women under threat of religious violence, political asylees, people struggling with addiction, and those hoping for dignity at the end of their lives.

Creating a truly new humanist community effort has been so gratifying. But it also comes with expenses such as grant writing, publicity, web hosting, member communications, and professional accounting. Since we are committed to remaining a 100 percent pass-through organization, we rely on separate donations for our own operational costs. Because the current economy took a serious bite out of our major funding sources, we are left with an operating deficit for 2010.

Can you help us close that gap?

We have big plans for 2011, including tripling membership and donations, creating a disaster relief fund, and launching both a kids’ giving program and an initiative reaching out to other worldviews. It’s going to be an amazing year of active, compassionate humanism.

Please help us end our first year strong and secure by going to our ChipIn page to make a tax-deductible donation of any amount to the Foundation, or by simply clicking on One-Time Donation.

Deepest thanks for your support and encouragement!

Dale McGowan

Executive Director

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