As a result of all your help in voting and getting the word out, we were ultimately able to secure 3,429 votes, qualifying Foundation Beyond Belief for a $20,000 grant from the Chase Community Giving program! With this funding we'll be able to tremendously expand our membership, partnership, and Volunteers Beyond Belief programs.
But we weren't the only secular charity that met success through the program: Secular Student Alliance finished in 27th place, securing a $50,000 grant, and Camp Quest in 69th, also receiving $20,000.
Special thanks to Jessica Kirsner, Amanda Metskas, PZ Myers, Hemant Mehta, Greta Christina, The Atheist Rabbi, David Niose, Greg Epstein, Chris Stedman, Ingo Soeding, Darrel Ray, Rebekah Bennetch, Zach Moore, JT Eberhard, Kara Long, Kiersten Brown, Margaret Downey, all the FBB members and partners, the VBB teams, all the interns and staff of FBB and SSA, Responsible Charity, European Humanists Atheists and Agnostics, the Mothers Beyond Belief board, the Society for Humanistic Judaism, the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, Kasese Humanist Primary School, Minnesota Atheists, Fargo-Moorehead Atheists, Malta Humanist Association, the American Humanist Association, and—of course—Chase Community Giving.
With the help of these inspired individuals and organizations, as well as everyone who worked with us to make these grants possible, the secular movement will now see extraordinary change in its philanthropy, student activism, and youth education. The future of humanist giving is on the horizon, and now we have the resources to help us on our journey.
UPDATE: Here's a big THANK YOU from members of FBB, Camp Quest, and the Secular Student Alliance, Gangnam Style:
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It's simple but profound—empathy and compassion. I am proud to be able to bring news of this Foundation to my readers. --Avert Your Eye
Foundation Beyond Belief is demonstrating humanism at its best. --Digital Chum
The best part [of FBB membership] is sharing the experience with our children. We want them to help us figure out what our monthly contribution should be and where it should go. --Raising Three Thinkers
[My] kids watched the videos from War Child and Water for People. Learning happened. Humanitarianism happened. My children felt compassion for others and wanted to help. -- Learning from the Kitchen Table
A vital test of any humanist organization's humanism is its ability to help those in need, which the Foundation is doing so admirably. --Paul Kurtz Institute for Science and Human Values
The regular contribution [model] means that our total charitable giving will most certainly increase this year. --Amy Schirmer, member
I scrolled down the list of contribution levels until I hit one that hurts, just a little. But it's a good kind of hurt. --Peter Nothnagle, member