Another Major Gift to an Atheist Group November 14, 2010

Another Major Gift to an Atheist Group

Wow. Another story about an extremely generous atheist donor. That’s #3 this week!

A couple days ago, I mentioned a $15,000 matching offer from software entrepreneur Ron Verstappen to the Secular Student Alliance.

This comes right after Todd Stiefel‘s six-figure contribution to the American Humanist Association’s “Consider Humanism” campaign. (Which is on top of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation’s $50,000 gift to the Secular Student Alliance to promote high school atheist groups.)

Now, PalmPilot creator Jeff Hawkins and partner Janet Strauss have made a major $500,000 matching offer of their own to the Secular Coalition for America:

PalmPilot creator Jeff Hawkins has offered a $500,000 matching grant to Secular Coalition of America, whose mission is to preserve the separation of church and state.

“Our government was founded on the principles of separation of church and state,” Hawkins said in a statement Secular Coalition released this week along with the announcement of the grant.

“This challenge grant from Janet and Jeff will spark innovation in our movement, empowering Secular Coalition for America to vigorously execute “Our Secular Decade” strategic plan. We intend to create a secular coalition affiliate in every state, each advocating for the secular government as the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, intended,” said Sean Faircloth, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America.

“We’re excited about the first challenge grant and the opportunity to expand our lobbying and coalition-building efforts. This is a true leadership gift, one we hope will be followed by others,” said Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition for America. “This challenge grant gives people an opportunity to double their contribution to our movement.”

If you’d like to contribute to the match, you can always make a donation here.

It’s nice to see atheists with means offering secular groups the opportunity to do really major things. I’m hopeful (and confident) that the SCA and SSA will have big things to show for these gifts in a couple years.

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  • Revyloution

    On a barely related note, I loved the Palm Pilots. I bought one of the very first grey scale units back in ’96, and have been upgrading every couple of years ever since. Currently packing the Palm Pre, which IMHO is the best smartphone platform out.

    Good to know a tiny fraction of all the $ Ive spent on these things went to a good cause.

  • I’m joining the Secular Student Alliance as a corp. member ( The youth are the future.

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful news.

  • Excellent, I was worried these worthwhile organizations weren’t receiving enough funds. It’s good to know there are people with money to spare giving it to worthwhile charities.

  • But, but, but why would those Godless Atheists give any of their hard earned $$$ to help other people? No one will reward them in the eternal afterlife.

    Wait!!! This is evidence that Athiesm is a faith and Scientism is a religion isn’t it!

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