I’ve mentioned on here before that I’m the chair of an organization called Foundation Beyond Belief. It’s a group that puts Humanist values in action, by selecting a variety of charities each month for our members and allowing them to choose how much of their donations go to each one. If you really like the charity in our Peace category, you can give more of your donation to them. If you don’t want to support the charity in our “Challenge the Gap” category (which is where we nominate a theistic group that does amazing secular work), then you don’t have to give them anything at all. Again, it’s entirely your choice how you divvy up your donations.
One of our board members, Zachary Moore, explains why the Foundation matters so much to him in this video:
(I detect a little William Shatner in him, no?)
As we begin our new Quarter with new beneficiaries, we’re looking to get as many people to join up in July as possible and while I know people give money because they support what we do (and not some ulterior motive), we’re offering a few incentives for people who take the leap this month. The best part is, even if you don’t win a prize, you’re still giving to an incredible cause.
Donate $20 to Foundation Beyond Belief OR become a contributing member at the $20 a month level in the month of July and your name will automatically be entered in a drawing for an iPad2. Forty dollars gets you two entries, $100 gets you five…
(All current members will be automatically entered as well based on their donation levels in July.)
If you can make a video (like Zach’s) in which you tell us why you support the Foundation, you have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate or $50 in FBB swag 🙂 The video can be funny, serious, animated, etc. Just upload it to YouTube and let us know. Or post it as a response to Zach’s video. The two videos with the most Likes by the end of July win one of the prizes! (It’s the Internet — no doubt you can get tons of people to Like it. Be clever!)
The two people who encourage the most people to join FBB will receive an Amazon gift certificate. Just have them put your name in the “referral” box when they join!
Forget the incentives. It feels good to give money to worthy causes as a group of atheists. It helps dispel the notion that we can’t be good without a god. I’ve been working with national atheist organizations for nearly a decade and I’ve never seen so many different charities impacted by any one group.
And if you don’t want to become a member of FBB, that’s fine, too. There are a lot of good causes out there that could use your support and I would encourage you to give to them independently. We’re merely a vessel to allow you to do that, and we can save you the hassle of vetting the groups to make sure they’re legit. By all means, go to the Foundation’s website simply to get suggestions on groups you might want to give to on your own.
However, if you were considering becoming a member, there’s no better time to do it. If you have any questions about the Foundation, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to respond to them.