Foundation Beyond Belief Raised Over $30,000 During the Past Quarter

The 830 members of Foundation Beyond Belief raised over $30,000 for our ten beneficiaries in the Second Quarter of 2011.

Incredible. It’s the most money we’ve ever raised in one period.

I think the fact that the Challenge the Gap beneficiary received the least amount of the money, but still a significant amount (7% of total giving), shows that the CtG idea is working. People who don’t want to give to a religious organization doing purely secular work are choosing not to, but most people don’t seem to mind.

We’re currently taking suggestions for our Fourth Quarter charities if you’d like to chime in!

In the meantime, consider becoming a member. There are incentives if you join up this month!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Jamie

    I’m not sure that the CtG idea would’ve worked that well if people could only choose beneficiaries with an Abrahamic religion.

  • Ibis3

    At the risk of sounding like I’m obsessed with the issue, your conclusion about CtG isn’t sound. You have no way of knowing how many people would have donated through FBB but chose not to because of this policy (likewise, how many of the people who did donate to FBB but would stop if you didn’t have CtG). That’s the kind of data you need to determine whether CtG is “working”.

  • Trace

    Not enough secular groups? Really?

  • Rich Wilson

    @Ibis3
    There was a question on that ‘Ask an Atheist’ thing Hemant did last week, about whether atheists run the risk of having a narrow view because they surround themselves with like minds.

    I’m not sure CtG is a bad thing. I’m not sure it’s a good thing either. I for one appreciate someone willing to point out the possibility that the emperor might be buck naked. We need watchdogs.

  • Whit

    I appreciate the idea, even though they hardly get the lion’s share of my donations. It is good PR, if nothing else, but Ibis3 is right, you need more data to determine if is a detriment or a draw to the program’s membership and total donations.

    Personally, I don’t see the problem, it just adds an option that you don’t have to endorse.

  • Daniel

    Isn’t the Central Asia Institute the Greg Mortenson-run “non-profit” that was exposed by Jon Krakauer and 60 Minutes? I would hope that the Foundation Beyond Belief would more thoroughly investigate the beneficiaries that they give money to.

    (Hemant says: FBB is well aware of the CAI issue and we sent out a statement to all of our members at the time that 60 Minutes segment aired. We told them about the accusations, and left it to them to decide whether they wanted to continue giving money to that charity this quarter.)


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