Last Chance to Help the SSA and Camp Quest Win $5 Million!

Here's the summary of this post: If you have a Facebook account and just a few minutes of spare time, you can help some hardworking atheist organizations win tens of thousands of dollars! All it takes is a few clicks, and this is your last chance. If you're willing to step up, please vote for Camp Quest here and vote for the Secular Student Alliance here. And here's the longer version: The Chase Community Giving program I wrote about earlier this month is still going on, but not for long. … [Read more...]

Help the SSA and Camp Quest Win $5 Million!

If you have a Facebook account, you have an opportunity this month to help out two worthy secular organizations in a big, big way. The Secular Student Alliance and Camp Quest have both been nominated for the Chase Community Giving program, in which Chase gives out $5 million to the charities that win the most votes. The prize money is distributed like this:$250,000 to the charity receiving the most votes $100,000 to the next ten runners-up $50,000 to the next thirty-five runners-up … [Read more...]

The Best Ways to Ask for Money

(more info here)The majority of paper mail I get is from people asking me for money. Political candidates from every state, advocacy groups, seemingly every charity under the sun, museums, parks, orchestras, even religious groups. But probably the most surprising solicitation I've gotten to date was a letter from the U.S. Olympic Committee, asking me to give them money to support the American team. Since when are the Olympics a charity? As politically engaged as I am, even I tend to … [Read more...]

The Camp Quest Challenge: Time for a Rematch

Earlier this week, the blogger Emily Dietle (Emily Has Books) put out an appeal on behalf of one of her guest authors, Christi, who's a student on a limited income but wanted to join the Freedom from Religion Foundation:College student & blossoming blogger, @hypochristi, would like to join @FFRF. Want to help make this happen? Only $25 needed. — Emily Dietle (@emilyhasbooks) July 10, 2012This was opportune because of this article I just read about the relationship of happiness … [Read more...]

SSA Week Day 6/7: My Picks

Today's the last day of SSA Week, and the end is in sight! At the time of this writing, we've raised just over $88,000 out of a target of $100,000. We can do this, people! If you haven't donated yet, now's your chance: get out your credit card, click this link, and become a donor by giving whatever you can to support an excellent secular organization empowering atheist students. I have a special offer for people who donate today, about which I'll say more later. But first, here are my favorites … [Read more...]

SSA Week Day 5: My Picks

SSA Week is ongoing, as atheist bloggers come together to raise money for the Secular Student Alliance. At the time this post was published, we've come roaring back to blow past the previous total, raising more than $10,000 since yesterday for a total of $73,054! There was just one blogathon participant today, but I'm not going to pick a whole post because, really, the whole endeavor was just too ambitiously weird for me to sum up: Greg Laden of The X Blog has written an entire novel in a … [Read more...]

SSA Week Day 4: My Picks

SSA Week is ongoing, as atheist bloggers come together to raise money for the Secular Student Alliance. At the time this post was published, they've collectively raised $61,250 out of a goal of $100,000. (Hmm. Didn't I write yesterday that the total amount was over $65,000? Either it's somehow gone down or, more likely, I wrote it wrong. Ah well.) Here's the cream of the crop from yesterday's blogathon! First up: Chana Messinger, author of The Merely Real (great blog title!). My favorite of … [Read more...]

SSA Week Day 3: My Picks

SSA Week is ongoing, as atheist bloggers come together to raise money for the Secular Student Alliance. At the time this post was published, they've collectively raised $65,000 out of a goal of $100,000, a gain of more than $5,000 since yesterday. Awesome! Yesterday's ongoing blogathon had two participants, but three participating bloggers. Here are my favorites from the bunch: At WWJTD?, JT Eberhard points out that Kansas is at it again with teaching anti-science in science classes, and asks … [Read more...]

SSA Week Day 2: My Picks

SSA Week is ongoing, as atheist bloggers come together to raise money for the Secular Student Alliance. At the time this post was published, they've collectively raised $59,680 out of a goal of $100,000. Keep it up! For Sunday's blogathon, we had four participants. Here are my picks: First, Dale McGowan at The Meming of Life wrote 33 excellent, thoughtful posts, which somehow seems like cheating. Of them all, my favorite was Dying, about how an atheist parent can teach their kids about death. … [Read more...]

SSA Week Day 1: My Picks

I'm back! Apologies for the radio silence these past few days - as I mentioned earlier, I was in Providence, Rhode Island attending Netroots Nation, an annual convention of liberal bloggers and political activists. I've had a jam-packed three days of panels, forums, and afterparties, all of which left scarce time for sleep, let alone blogging. (Although, if you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw a lot of tweeting about all the speakers I saw.) I'll have more to say about the convention … [Read more...]


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