Black Skeptics LA Announce Winners of “First in the Family” College Scholarships

I mentioned back in April that the group Black Skeptics Los Angeles was giving out “First in the Family” scholarships, aimed at helping students who were the first in their family to go to college. This year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation gave the group a $10,000 grant to expand the program:

They just announced the winners, and when you read excepts from their essays, you can tell the scholarships are helping a lot of promising individuals:

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2015 Humanism at Work Conference Will Be Held in Boston

Foundation Beyond Belief will be holding its second annual conference on July 25 in Boston. The theme is #BlackLivesMatter and, unlike most atheist gatherings, the focus here is entirely on philanthropy, volunteering, and community building. It’s a refreshing change of pace.

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Atheist Groups Are Making Large Donations to Help Nepal Relief Efforts

I mentioned earlier this week that Foundation Beyond Belief’s Humanist Disaster Recovery team was raising funds to help victims and families affected by the Nepal earthquake.

We just announced that the first beneficiary of the fundraiser is the Women’s Foundation Nepal:

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Atheists Are Raising Money to Help Victims of the Nepal Earthquake

Last night, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal and every report offers even more tragedy. What we do know is that more than 1,000 people are dead and many more are injured and homeless.

Foundation Beyond Belief’s Humanist Disaster Recovery team is now raising funds to help the victims and their families.

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Foundation Beyond Belief’s Next Major Grant Will Benefit Starfish, a Group Helping Young Women in Guatemala

When we launched Foundation Beyond Belief in 2010, the plan was to encourage atheists to give to a bunch of amazing charities — 10 of them each quarter, to be precise — and help make giving to others a habit for secular people (who usually have no formal way to do that).

In 2012, we decided to cut the number of beneficiaries from 10 to 5 in order to give larger donations to each organization. That, coupled with a rising donor base, took us from giving about $1,200 to each group at our launch… to about $12,000 per group today.

And then, at the end of last year, we tried something completely different: We chose just one beneficiary, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. We ended up raising $56,700 for them.

We’d like to do that again. This time, our Compassionate Impact Grant will help Starfish, an education and mentorship organization that helps the native Mayan community in Guatemala:

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