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.

Members: 251
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

Tags: Blog

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Foundation Beyond Belief (Official) to add comments!

Comment by Lina Baker on November 24, 2010 at 10:12am
I want to encourage any atheists who are volunteering as a group to consider nominating themselves as a group for state volunteer awards, if you feel you are having big impact. Even if you don't win, you are still getting recognition for your efforts and changing minds about who volunteers and why. For instance, Texas, Oregon, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine and various other states have annual Governor's Volunteer Awards (in California, it's called the Governor and First Lady's Service Award), recognizing group and individual volunteer efforts. Also, there's the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which "recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime." Let's show that atheists care!
Comment by Claire on November 18, 2010 at 12:58pm
There are only six weeks left in what will be our first year as an organization, and our members have already accomplished an awful lot. 631 members have raise over 70,000 dollars for 37 awesome charities.

With the generous donations of our members, we have 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.

We want to keep up this awesome work, but we can't do it without some help. 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?

This holiday season, give a gift that will help us keep giving:
Comment by Bryanderthal on October 14, 2010 at 3:46pm
And that's why I will never worry about this organization. Can you imagine a priest or pastor responsible for a charity saying, "Oops, I made a mistake. Here's how I fixed it."
Comment by Claire on October 13, 2010 at 10:23am
There is a change in the line up for this quarter's Human Rights beneficiary. The Foundation Beyond Belief will no longer be sponsoring Soulforce, and will be selecting a new beneficiary in the coming days.

To learn more about why the change is being made, read Executive Director Dale McGowan's blog post on the subject:
Comment by Claire on October 1, 2010 at 1:14pm
New beneficiaries!

It's the 1st of October today, and also the 1st day of the new quarter, which means we've got a whole slew of new beneficiaries!

Here's the roll call:

Animal Protection: Animal Welfare Institute
"Big Bang": AHA Foundation
Child Welfare: Camfed
Education: Vidnyanvahini ("Science in Motion")
Environment: The Center for Biological Diversity
Health: FAME—the Foundation for African Medicine & Education
Human Rights: Soulforce
Peace: The Federation of American Scientists
Poverty: Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK)

To learn more about them go to:
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 5, 2010 at 8:44am
Secular Believers
The film Secular Believers provides an example of how secular beliefs can be included in a religious education syllabus.
It was made for the UK education system and its message is that beliefs, and believers, come in many shapes and sizes, and not all of them can be described as ‘religious’.
"Many religious people think that a secular society is a good thing, because it offers freedom of choice to everybody."
Comment by Claire on July 30, 2010 at 2:32pm
Become a Foundation member...for free! We have dropped the $9 a year membership fee. For the first sixth months of our operation, this fee provided a small, reliable income stream to see us through the early days. Those of you who joined under that system helped provide that extra support we needed, and we thank you.

But now we've now decided to drop the membership fee entirely. New members can now sign up for our charitable giving program with no additional fee.

We still have operational costs, of course, but it's now entirely up to each member whether to contribute to the running of the Foundation. We hope this organization is valuable enough for members to designate a small percentage of their monthly donation to the care and feeding of the Foundation itself.

Sign up!
Comment by Claire on July 2, 2010 at 2:57pm
The third quarter is upon us! In the second quarter our wonderful members raised over $21,000 - twice what was raised in the first quarter! - for our beneficiaries. Let's see if we can double our numbers again for this quarter and raise over $42,000! Check out the line up of beneficiaries for our third quarter:

Animal Protection: Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
"Big Bang": Camp Quest
Child Welfare: Gift of Adoption Fund
Education: Uganda Humanist Schools Trust
Environment: Energy Action Coalition
Health: National Association of Free Clinics
Human Rights: Compassion and Choices
Peace: Quaker Peace and Social Witness
Poverty: The Mountain Fund

To learn more about our current beneficiaries go to:

And if you're on Facebook don't forget to "Like" our Facebook Page to keep up to date with all the Foundation happenings and news about our beneficiaries!
Comment by Claire on June 12, 2010 at 9:38am
We've hit a milestone! We now have over 500 Foundation Beyond Belief members who have raised over $30,000!
Comment by Claire on May 27, 2010 at 1:53pm
Want to help spread the word about the Foundation Beyond Belief? Now there are cool FBB badges and banners that you can add to your website! Check it out:

Members (251)




Update Your Membership :




Nexus on Social Media:


© 2018   Atheist Nexus. All rights reserved. Admin: Richard Haynes.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service