All of us at Foundation Beyond Belief have been anxiously awaiting this milestone for some time now and it’s finally happened: Three and a half years after starting the organization, atheist donors have given over $1,000,000 to worthy causes!
“What moves me most about reaching this goal is the way it’s been achieved,” said Dale McGowan, FBB’s founder and executive director. “Our goal was to encourage individual humanists to make compassionate giving a greater part of their humanist identity. And though we’ve had some very generous large donors, most of this million-dollar achievement has happened five and ten and twenty dollars at a time — over a thousand individual humanists giving what they can each month to make the world a better place.”
That number includes $430,000 raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; $45,000 raised in a matter of days this past May for local relief organizations in Moore, Oklahoma; and several thousands of dollars each for the dozens of charities we’ve highlighted each quarter since our inception.
The Foundation’s website explains our impact in a little more detail:
Here’s what a million dollars can do:
- Support gender equality around the globe
- Create access to safe drinking water in developing countries
- Promote peace and protect the most vulnerable victims of war
- Bring humanist education to schoolchildren in Uganda
- Fund blood cancer research and compassionate patient care
- Provide shelter, food, and medicine in response to disasters in East Africa, Haiti, Japan, and the United States
- Protect fragile ecosystems and endangered species
I think the world of this organization and what it’s done in such a short amount of time. That’s why I’m so proud to be a part of it. Giving to charity has always been rewarding, but giving to charity as a group of atheists just makes me feel that much better, like we’re dismantling stereotypes while helping other people. It’s really a win-win for everyone.
If you’re not a member already, please considering becoming one!