A New Year’s Resolution That Will Benefit Others

My friend Danielle and a couple of her colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania are working on a neat project called Resolution12. The idea is simple: Instead (or in addition to) making a resolution for yourself — lose weight, get healthier, etc. — make a resolution that’s more outwardly focused and that’s going to help [Read More…]

How Did the Second Harvest Food Bank Charity Drive Go?

Last month, I mentioned that the Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics (AHA!) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison were in a (friendly) battle against Christian and Muslim groups on their campus in order to raise money for the (non-sectarian) Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin. Well, the results are in! Looks like a lot of readers [Read More…]

About That Recent Surge in Atheist Charity…

Kimberly Winston of the Religion News Service has a article making the mainstream media rounds about how atheists (as a group) have been giving a lot more to charity recently. Between atheists on Reddit giving to Doctors Without Borders, the atheist group outgiving every other group at micro-financing site Kiva, and Foundation Beyond Belief raising [Read More…]

The Most Expensive Copy of The God Delusion in the Universe

Here’s a beautiful and inspiring story, told by Secular Coalition for America founder Herb Silverman about his now-deceased friend Bill Upshur: Knowing in 2007 that he didn’t have long to live, Bill told me he wanted to donate $20,000 to the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry. He devised an unusual plan to make the donation. [Read More…]

The American Cancer Society Lost a Few More Supporters

Not to rehash that whole controversy again, but here’s a story worth sharing, courtesy of blogger vnectar: I said [to my husband,] “Hey honey, I did a good deed today! I convinced K. not to donate money to the American Cancer Society!”. Then I started laughing because I realized that I would sound like a [Read More…]