Welcome to the Beyond Belief Network, a collective of over 100 freethought organizations putting compassionate humanism into action through community volunteering and charitable fundraising. To date, our BBN teams in over 82 cities and 34 states have donated over 45,000 hours of community service, and counting.
BBN is a Foundation Beyond Belief program designed to encourage and assist local and online groups of secular humanists, atheists, and other nonbelievers to serve their communities. BBN staff assist teams with ideas and tips for service, planning events, and finding existing opportunities for service in their areas. Teams can submit reports about their events to earn perks like t-shirts, grants for service activities, and national recognition.
Teams with a non-theistic or secular humanist identity are encouraged to apply. Individuals looking for volunteer opportunities can connect to local groups, seek advice on starting a group, or get ideas for volunteering as an individual.
Please contact us with any questions.
The Beyond Belief Network exists to offer support, encouragement, visibility and community to freethought groups across the country working to serve their communities.
BBN staff assist groups in researching, planning and promoting events, and we provide a range of event guides to help groups plan events. Our online community is available to help brainstorm, troubleshoot, and offer advice and encouragement.
Teams that let us know what they’ve been up to by submitting event reports are eligible for all kinds of perks, including free t-shirts, grants for service projects, and a range of awards.
Being a part of BBN means that your team will join a national movement of humanists visibly working towards a better world.
If you are an individual interested in humanist volunteering, we will do our best to connect you to a nearby team, offer ideas for how you can find projects on your own, or give you guidance on starting your own team.
A BBN event is any gathering of your group to work for good, whether by volunteering, raising funds for a good cause, or a combination of the two.
There are two kinds of BBN event:
Social events and fundraisers for your own group do not count as BBN events, unless there is a significant amount of community outreach, education, or fundraising for another group besides your own.
For ideas for service events, take a look at our event guides published on the blog and in the BBN Facebook group.
BBN teams can earn perks by reporting on their FPP or VBB events to achieve a new BBN level.
Student teams must fulfil 75% of these requirements due to the shorter timeframe allowed by the academic year. That is:
Events not submitted to the event report form will not be considered for leveling up.
All BBN teams receive the following benefits:
Additional Level 1 benefits:
Additional Level 2 benefits:
Additional Level 3 benefits:
Levels renew on an annual basis. Teams return to Level 0 each January and have the opportunity to level up, with all the associated perks (such as t-shirts and grants) renewing each year.
Monthly BBN Awards
Two awards are available to BBN teams on a monthly basis:
Heart of Humanism Awards
The annual Heart of Humanism awards recognize sterling service from BBN teams, LTN teams, and other humanists who have made extraordinary contributions to compassionate humanism.
Beyond Belief Network Team Awards:
Light the Night International Team Awards:
Since Foundation Beyond Belief became a Special Friend of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night program, Beyond Belief Network teams have come together to raise donations and awareness for this cause. Interested BBN teams can register to become part of Foundation Beyond Belief’s International Light the Night Team through our team page. Registered teams are considered for the following awards:
Individual awards recognizing those who have made extraordinary contributions to compassionate humanism:
Foundation Beyond Belief aims to be present at as many freethought conferences as possible. For BBN teams, staffing FBB’s table at a local event counts as an FPP event.
If your team is interested in tabling at an event:
Take a look at the calendar below to find an event in your area. The “Agenda” view best displays the full name and location of each event.
Many events in 2015 have not yet had date and/or location confirmed, and are marked with “Date/location TBC”. Please contact us to let us know if our information is not up to date, or if you know of an event not in our calendar.