This Summer, in Chicago, a Conference About Atheism, Philanthropy, and Putting Our Humanism to Work

Chicago doesn’t host all that many atheism-related national events, but I’m excited that Foundation Beyond Belief’s first ever conference will take place here July 18-20 at the Hilton Rosemont/O’Hare.

Why would you want to go?

Because you’ll get to hear from inspirational atheists who are putting their Humanism in action.

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Foundation Beyond Belief Announces Q2 2014 Slate of Charities

The Foundation Beyond Belief has just announced its five beneficiaries for the new quarter — each charity will likely receive several thousands of dollars, courtesy of atheist donors:



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Chicago Tribune Covers the Upcoming ‘Humanism at Work’ Conference

This summer, in Chicago, Foundation Beyond Belief will be holding its first ever conference to discuss how non-theists can come together to make the world a better place:

The Chicago Tribune‘s Manya Brachear Pashman has a great story on the event and why we feel it’s so necessary. (Unfortunately, it’s behind a paywall. Good thing atheists don’t spend a lot of time online or anything…)

Anyway, here are some of the highlights:

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Runs Full Page Ad in USA Today to Thank Partners — Including Atheists

This may not be exactly earth-shattering or groundbreaking, but after Foundation Beyond Belief teams raised more than a quarter-million dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their Light the Night Walk, it was a pleasant surprise to see this full-page ad in USA Today earlier in the week (red box is mine):



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Could Atheism be the End of Charity? (Hint: No)

While not the focus of a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch, the Columbus Coalition of Reason and quite a few of its member organizations are mentioned favorably because of their awesome tradition of doing community service. For example, the Humanist Community of Central Ohio has regular blood drives every eight weeks and Mid Ohio Atheists sponsors collections for the Harmony House shelter in Mansfield, Ohio. This is not necessarily news (but it is still great to hear).

However, despite all of the great work that non-religious groups can do, researchers are still concerned that charitable giving will decline along with the decline of church attendance. Some are concerned that soup kitchens and medical facilities (most often funded and run by religious organizations) will close because they won’t have the support they used to.

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