The Secular Pathfinders Are Trying to Build Latrines in Haiti

Atheists spend a lot of time talking about how to improve the world, but the four students who are part of the Pathfinders Project are actually doing that overseas right now.

One of the projects they’re working on (with Children of the Border) is building latrines for people in La Fond-Jeannette, Haiti, a community still dealing with the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.

If you can help them out, every $300 raised is enough for one more latrine.



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Foundation Beyond Belief Announces Q1 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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Foundation Beyond Belief Seeks Spring Interns

The Foundation Beyond Belief is looking for a few interns for the spring:

Experience in the nonprofit sector is not a requirement but is certainly a plus, as are experience working with local groups, research skills, and writing experience. Foundation Beyond Belief is happy to work with students who are participating in internship credit programs through their school.

Although interns often have tasks that overlap several areas of Foundation operations, each intern is primarily focused on one specific program area. Candidates should apply to only one internship position, but may indicate interest in other roles.

It’s a great organization and our volunteers do a wonderful job. More information is right here. The deadline is Sunday night, so apply soon!

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Are Religious People Really More Generous Than Atheists? A New Study Puts That Myth to Rest

Last year, a study released by The Chronicle of Philanthropy suggested that the most religious states were also the most charitable:

Donors in Southern states, for instance, give roughly 5.2 percent of their discretionary income to charity — both to religious and to secular groups — compared with donors in the Northeast, who give 4.0 percent.

Before you jump to conclusions that religion and generosity were somehow connected, keep in mind that those numbers included giving “both to religious and to secular groups”… In other words, church counted as charity.

But when you excluded donations given to churches and religious groups, the map changed dramatically, giving an edge to the least religious states in the country:

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How Atheists Can Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses How atheists can help victims of Typhoon Haiyan:

A quick note: After Foundation Beyond Belief quickly raised $50,000 for Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, we realized there was also a strong need for medical and search-and-rescue missions in the area, so we decided to send all additional donations to Team Rubicon, “an outstanding organization of military veterans repurposing their skills for disaster relief.” Therefore, all crisis donations through FBB will be sent to them.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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