When this life is all you have, you’re naturally motivated to care more about it. That’s why I’ve often encouraged readers to support the Foundation Beyond Belief, an excellent secular charity, and this holiday season I’d like to renew that call.
If you don’t already know how the FBB operates: Each quarter, they choose a slate of charities – one each in the areas of animal protection, children, education, the environment, health, human rights, peace and poverty – with a track record of effectiveness, low overhead, and a secular mission. (They also choose one religious charity for those who want to support interfaith work.) FBB members pledge a set monthly donation, which they can split up among the featured charities however they wish. They’ve also recently launched separate programs for community service volunteering and crisis response, currently targeting the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.