Foundation Beyond Belief (Official)


Foundation Beyond Belief (Official)

Foundation Beyond Belief is a charitable and educational foundation created to focus, encourage and demonstrate humanistic generosity and to support nontheistic parent education.

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Latest Activity: Jan 24, 2017

Foundation Beyond Belief is a charitable foundation created by and for atheists and humanists. The Foundation highlights ten charitable organizations per quarter in such categories as health, poverty, environment, education, human rights, and more.

Members join by signing up for a monthly automatic donation in the amount of their choice, then set up personal profiles to indicate how they would like their contribution distributed among the categories. Maybe you'd like to give 25 percent each to human rights, poverty, education, and the environment. We'll distribute it accordingly. By year's end, you will have helped support a dozen organizations in the areas you care most about.

Only secular organizations are considered for support, with the exception of our Challenge the Gap category, which features progressive, non-secular, non-proselytizing organizations. At the end of each quarter, 100 percent of the donations will be forwarded and a new slate of beneficiaries selected.

Active members can join online discussions centered on the ten categories of giving, advocate for causes, and help us choose the new beneficiaries each quarter. We also host a multi-author blog focused on the cause areas, as well as humanism, philanthropy, and the intersection of the two.

On January 1, 2010, we launched the full site, including the ten featured causes and the means for members to select and change their preferred distributions. As of August 2011, we've raised over $175,000 for 60 charities and have launched Volunteers Beyond Belief, a US-national network of humanist volunteer teams working for the improvement of their communities.

We've begun creating a powerful presence for compassionate humanism in the world of philanthropy. Join us!

Dale McGowan, Executive Director


Discussion Forum

friend's daughter dying; need contacts asap

Started by Rogi Equality Riverstone Apr 7, 2012. 0 Replies

Yeah, this is off topic. But you people have connections and Ariel doesn't have a lot of time. So, I'm asking. Sue me. Or produce a story about her. If ANYBODY has ANY idea how to contact cast…Continue

Death of YouTube Atheism?

Started by Rogi Equality Riverstone Nov 17, 2011. 0 Replies

I uploaded this today. Continue

Help us build a world-class blog

Started by Dale McGowan. Last reply by Rogi Equality Riverstone Oct 21, 2011. 15 Replies

Beginning 01/01/10 with the launch of our full website, the Foundation will host a multi-author invitational blog centered on big issues in philanthropy and humanism.If you know an atheist/humanist…Continue

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Comment by Claire on February 16, 2012 at 2:03pm

Get Ready to Light the Night!

Strap on your walking shoes and grab a friend... and then go join one of our Light the Night Walk Teams! Or if there isn't one in your area, start your own.

We are now a "Special Friend" team partner with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for their Light the Night Walks, which raise money for blood cancer research.

We're hoping to bring atheists, humanists, freethinkers, etc. aroun... Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 for LLS and blood cancer research. To help us out, the Stiefel Freethought Foundation will match our fundraising efforts.

So go to our Team Homepage and join one of our teams, or start your own!

(Not sure you want to walk? Don't live in the U.S.? Go here to learn more about what we're doing and how you can help.)

Comment by Claire on February 7, 2012 at 4:59pm

Ultra-Big-Exciting News!

It's so exciting I can hardly talk about it. Suffice to say:

Foundation Beyond Belief.


Learn more.

Comment by Claire on January 3, 2012 at 3:18pm

Welcome 2012!

It's a brand new year, and we have a brand new giving structure. Also, thanks to the generous donations of our many supporters, will be starting the year strong.

Year-End Funds Drive a Success

Our fundraising efforts met with a wonderfully generous response, and we managed to raise $14,460 of our $15,000 goal before December 31st of 2011. Many thanks to all of you who gave your support!

New Giving Structure

In response to a member survey and after a great deal of thought, we've decided to simplify our giving structure - now instead of ten categories, we only have five. This will mean we can focus more closely on our beneficiaries, and give more to each one, increasing our impact.

We no longer have Foundation Beyond Belief as a beneficiary, but you can still designate some of your donation to us if you choose. Don't forget to re-allocate your giving percentages - log in and click Manage Donations!

Meet the Beneficiaries

It's the new year and a new quarter, so we have new beneficiaries!

Poverty and Health: Roots of Development

The Natural World: Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

Human Rights: Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR)

Education: Vidnyanvahini

Challenge the Gap: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

and since the famine in the Horn of Africa is still a crisis, we continue our support for our Humanist Crisis Response Programbeneficiary: the International Rescue Committee.

Comment by Claire on December 13, 2011 at 10:14am

Finishing Strong in 2011
3 Ways YOU Can Help!

1. Donate or Create Your Own Fundraising Page. We're trying to raise $15000 before the end of the year, and we still have a long way to go! Will you help us out by giving or creating your own fundraising page, and encouraging your friends and family to give?

2. Give a Gift Membership. The holiday season is upon us, and if you're wondering what to get for that hard-to-shop for humanist on your list, we've got just the thing - a gift membership to Foundation Beyond Belief!

3. Use Our Amazon Portal.  Doing most of your holiday shopping online this year? Well if you use our portal to, every purchase you make helps us - without costing you a penny more!

We're lucky to have such great members that give so much all year 'round. Thank you for your support!

Comment by Claire on October 5, 2011 at 6:04pm


Last Quarter Beneficiary Line-Up

These wonderful organizations are going to help us do good for the rest of 2011, so get ready to spread some humanism and compassion!

Animal Protection: Operation WildLife
Challenge the Gap: Islamic Relief USA
Children: HeartStrong
Education: Adopt-A-Classroom
Environment: Plastic Pollution Coalition
Health: African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF)
Human Rights: Polaris Project
Peace: War Child (Canada)
Poverty: ActionAid USA

and Humanist Crisis Response: International Rescue Committee


PS. Think you have the perfect charity organization for us to support? Nominate them!

Comment by Claire on September 9, 2011 at 2:32pm


Humanist Response for an Uncertain World

We've officially launched our Humanist Crisis Response Program! We were initially inspired to create this program after the major disasters that have impacted so many in the few years since we started the Foundation - namely, the earthquakes that struck Haiti and Japan. Many of our members, and we ourselves, wished to help our fellows in need.


Now we're set up to respond to major humanitarian crises, and the first we're focusing on is the devestating famine in the Horn of Africa.  Unlike the major earthquakes that rocked Haiti and Japan, this crisis hasn't seen the kind of widespread, 24/7 news coverage that those disasters inspired. Probably because this crisis has been a while in the making. Severe drought, as well as a number of other factors, have caused the UN to make a formal declaration of famine for Southern Somalia - the first such declaration in 20 years.


We're hoping to not just raise money to help alleviate the famine, but to raise awareness as well. Many people have not even heard about the desperate situation in the Horn of Africa, or if they have, don't know much about it. We'll be regularly posting articles about the famine in Southern Somalia on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter to help keep people informed. Please aid us in responding to this crisis! You can donate here, and help us spread the word by re-posting, re-tweeting, and sharing the articles we put up!


Thank you!

Comment by Claire on August 31, 2011 at 7:49am

An FBB Member Lays Down a Challenege

FBB member Christopher Johnson has laid down a challenge to Foundation Beyond Belief and his fellow members:

If you're a FBB member, make a donation on this page and be sure to include FBB in your name, or in the comments section. If I can raise $100 from members between now and race day on September 4th, I will commit to organizing a local group of runners to run for the Foundation Beyond Belief sometime in 2012. This should be easy, right? If just 10 of you give $10 dollars we're there!
And on top of that, a generous donor has agreed to make a matching donation of $100 to the first ten PETAPack runners to raise $100 this week--so there's an easy way to double our efforts.
I truly believe that we cannot have a serious discussion about humanist ethics without addressing the subject of animal suffering. If you're with me on that, if you're a humanist who cares for the well being of all conscious life, then please join me in this.

If you want to take up this challenge, visit his PETA Pack site and donate! Remember, you only have until September 4th!
Comment by Claire on July 12, 2011 at 2:23pm

Wanted: Fall/Winter Interns

Did you miss your chance to apply for our Summer Interns Team? Well you're in luck! We've enjoyed working with our Summer Interns so much, we decided to choose some new wonderful people to be Fall/Winter Interns for us. Don't miss this opportunity - Apply Now!

Comment by Claire on July 5, 2011 at 11:58am

Why do you support Foundation Beyond Belief?

Well if you're looking for a reason, we've got 20! We're hoping to spread the word, and convince other people that they should support Foundation Beyond Belief too! Will you help us?


Here are a few things you can do:

  1. Go to our 20 Reasons page, pick your favorite reason to join, and click the ShareThis button. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and tweet and retweet with the hashtag #FBB20Reasons all month long.
  2. Make a 1 minute video telling why you're a member -- like this one, or completely different. Make it funny, serious, moving, animated, whatever you want. Upload to YouTube, then send us the link, OR post as a response to this. Promote it like mad, and we'll do the same by featuring it on our social media pages. The 2 videos with the most Likes by July 31 will each win $50 in FBB swag OR a $50 Amazon gift certificate.
  3. Tell your friends to type your name in the referral field when they join. The top two referrers will win $100 Amazon gift certificates.

Thanks so much for your support!

Comment by Claire on July 1, 2011 at 10:56am

Quarter 3 - 2011 Beneficiary Line Up

It's that time again - time to learn about some great new beneficiaries, and remember why you loved some of the old ones!

Quarter 3 is here and we've got a great line up:

Animal Protection: Wildlife Conservation Network
Challenge the Gap: International Assistance Mission
Children: Camp Quest
Education: Uganda Humanist Schools Trust
Environment: Center for Biological Diversity
Health: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Human Rights: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Peace: Peace Direct
Poverty: Responsible Charity


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