Richard Dawkins Encourages Atheists To Raise $1,000,000 for Charity

I’ve already encouraged you all to sign up for the Light the Night walks across the nation — where atheists are coming together to raise $1,000,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Todd Stiefel has done the same:

Now, Richard Dawkins is getting in on the action:

I am proud to say that the US branch of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDFRS) is an official supporter of the project, and I am also delighted to learn that FBB has decided that their 2012 effort will be dedicated to the memory of my friend Christopher Hitchens. Details of the project can be found here. I encourage all non-believers to go to this site and donate, or better yet, join the team as a fundraiser to multiply the power of our efforts.

He’s the atheist Pope, so we have to do what he says!

Also, we’re good, kind, generous people who want to band together to show that atheists don’t conform to the stereotypes pastors have made up about them. We can and will help people in the here and now instead of waiting for some non-existent afterlife. (You can join a team here!)

Also, atheist Pope!!!

Need more incentive? It’s Light the Night Registration Week!

An anonymous donor will give $1 to LLS for every new walker registered during Registration Week. If we meet our goal of 5,000 new walkers, LLS will receive $10,000, thanks to matching by the Stiefel family!

In addition, every person who is signed up for a team by July 14th will have their name put in for a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. This includes people who have already registered for a team prior to Registration Week.

There is also a promotion just for team captains! The team captain who gets the most number of new members signed up to their team during the Registration Week a $50 American Express gift card!

Click here to find out how to join a local team!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FDGYHBEWVNGUG763L5X4TON3JQ Nazani14

    I am convinced that the best way to fight all forms of cancer is environmental activism, fighting the causes of cancer.
    Do you have a link where we can see exactly how much  of  donations goes to patients and to research?  I’m not frothing-at-the-mouth mad at “big pharma,” but I don’t think they need any of my money, so I don’t want to subsidize anything they benefit from.  
    Not for nothing do they call me a skeptic.

  • Randomfactor

    Just out of curiosity…I know it’s early and it’s just folks donating in lieu of walking… but are donations really at less than $22K?  It appears so from the link.

    • Annie

      I’ve been a team captain for LTN walks before, and in my experience donations don’t really pick up until closer to the walk.  I haven’t started hitting people up yet (other than one call-out on Facebook).  September is always my biggest fundraising month, as the walk is just a month and a half away (in my area) and it is also Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month.  Also, walkers usually don’t turn in their donation envelopes until much later… sometimes not until the night of the event, as they are still collecting.  I think 22K is very promising for this early in the game!

      • Randomfactor

        Thanks.  I’m unlikely to be able to walk but have already donated to the general effort.

  • Trickster Goddess

    Raising money for cancer research is certainly a worthy cause and I don’t wish to detract from this particular campaign, but it has been bothering me for some time now that it seems whenever I see a charity fundraiser here or on other atheist blogs, it always seems to be for some type of cancer.

    As important as it is, cancer is the rock star of medical research and receives billions of dollars a year through thousands of fundraising activities. Yet there are so many other medical conditions that need study but they get much less attention when it comes to these campaigns.

    Could we atheists get off the bandwagon once in a while and bring our attention and good will toward other less sexy worthwhile projects?

    My particular interest would to see more effort into researching the brain in regards to mental illness. So little is still known about the brain and it has been only in the past decade that serious research has start to ramp up. For example, for nearly a hundred years it was accepted as gospel that adult brain cells never reproduce and it was only about 5 years ago when it was discovered that this is not true.

    And the most damning evidence that this is an underresearched area: mental illness is the _only_ ailment that a doctor will diagnose and treat will without performing a single physiological test on the patient!

    For myself, with drug-resistant depression, for my ex-partner with bi-polar, for my 2 cousins with schizophrenia and the millions of others with various brain ailments, I long for that day when research into brain dysfunctions are given even a tenth of the attention that cancer research is given.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      Todd Stiefel’s foundation is making the $500,000 matching offer and his family has been affected by cancer. That’s why the focus is there.

      But I agree that it’s not the only worthy cause out there and I hope we hit our goal here and then tackle other problems in the future!

    • Christinatrin

       It’s nice to see someone else concerned about neuroscience and research as a potential avenue of charity. In addition, there have been exciting new technologies developed for the field, which directly affects our ability to pinpoint and diagnose/work on curing many mental illnesses (possibly without bathing our brains in chemicals like pharmaceuticals do currently). It’s a worthwhile endeavor.


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