• Your gift today supports FBB in 2020 and as we plan for our next decade of groundbreaking humanist service. 

  • Raising funds to assist families separated at the southern US border.

  • The camps of the Rohingya refugees are flooding from monsoons. Your donation can help.

  • Highlights 4 carefully vetted charities per quarter in the areas of Poverty and Health, Education, Human Rights, and Natural World.

  • Sign up here to be considered for our next volunteer deployment.

  • Service Corps volunteers save lives and fight for gender equality by supporting local human rights organizations in Ghana’s Northern Region.

  • Our Beyond Belief Network is a collective of organizations putting compassionate humanism into action through community volunteering and charitable fundraising. 

  • The hosts of our official podcast travel the country telling stories of life-changing events, expanding our horizons and our compassion.

We are Humanism at Work

Foundation Beyond Belief is a humanist charity that promotes secular volunteering and responsible charitable giving. Guided by the principles of secular humanism, our mission is to:

  • Unite the humanist community in volunteering and charitable efforts.

  • Advocate for compassionate action throughout the world.

We forward our mission through our programs: Grants, Disaster Recovery, Service Corps, and Volunteer Network.

Upcoming at FBB

December 3: Giving Tuesday!
On this international day of charitable giving, we hope you'll support FBB!

March 8-14, 15-21: Secular Spring Break!
The Secular Student Alliance and Foundation Beyond Belief are partnering to give college students the opportunity to spend their 2020 Spring Break doing recovery work in the Bahamas. Learn more at: https://secularstudents.org/springbreak/

April 27 - May 10: Humanist Disaster Recover volunteer deployment to the Bahamas.
Stay tuned for details!


What is Humanism?

The word "humanism" has a number of meanings, depending on who you ask. In different contexts, the word may reference philosophy, literary pursuits, values connected to religion, or secular movements looking to stand in contrast to it.

When FBB talks about humanism, we mean a philosophy for living that implores us to lead fulfilling, ethical lives. Without necessarily believing in the supernatural, we seek to meet human needs and solve human problems, both individually and collectively. In short, humanism is a philosophy of right-here, right-now integrity. 

Humanists value:

  • Civil liberties and human rights
  • Global consciousness
  • Mindfulness of the natural world
  • Seeking new knowledge
  • Imagination
  • Scientific inquiry
  • Analytical thought, reason, and science
  • Radical compassion extending beyond the boundaries of geography, gender, sexuality, ability, belief, or race.

While many humanists eschew religious belief, we at FBB are less concerned with theological debate and more concerned with direct, compassionate action. We are a community that largely believes that no supernatural power will make the world a better place for us; we must do it ourselves. We invite anyone who shares this drive to join us.


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This article is part of a series written by guest contributors exploring how to incorporate humanist values into their everyday lives. The opinions expressed in this article may not necessarily express those of Foundation Beyond Belief, its staff, or donors. 

I start nearly every weekday morning the same way. I drink hot tea, eat peanut butter toast, and:

  • Listen to NPR News
  • Scan headlines online from NBC News and the Washington Post
  • Read my hometown newspaper, the Houston Chronicle
  • Watch highlights from the previous evening’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” 

Media Bias/Fact Check rates my go-to news outlets as having a slight-to-moderate liberal bias. Colbert is a self-proclaimed liberal.


By Paul Babb, guest contributor

October may be a very spooky month, but BBN teams ain't afraid of no service!

Pikes Peak Atheists & Pikes Peak Atheist Families in Colorado Springs, Colorado participated in Creek Week, the largest Waterway cleanup event in Colorado. PPA had thirteen volunteers who cleaned trash and debris from a one mile stretch of their adopted waterway (Sand Creek) in Colorado Springs. They removed roughly 300 pounds of trash during this event!




Chiemi Maloy is a Humanist Service Corps volunteer who has traveled to Ghana for the first time as part of a year-long service commitment in the town of Cape Coast. This is her second entry in this blog series. (Click here for her first installment.)

One of the best and worst parts of being away from home is new food experiences. People plan entire vacations around cuisine in foreign places, and then some people find comfort in eating the exact same sandwich for lunch every day. I was in neither of these categories. I love to try new foods, but since I almost never travelled, I was left with options close to home. I thought Salt Lake City had a pretty diverse food scene, but I realized there is a big gap in African cuisines; it caters more to South American, European and Asian foods. Proximity to Mexico is probably a huge contributor to SLC having almost unlimited options for cooking or going out to eat authentic Mexican foods, and that might be one of the things I miss most. I realized though, that I had probably not had the best opportunities to expand my palate for what to expect in Ghana. And sometimes my relationship with food here is a struggle.


By Chiemi Maloy, HSC Volunteer

A bag of paper bones.

That’s what instantly comes to Turtle Haste’s mind when asked to describe a pivotal moment in her long and distinguished career as a science educator.

She was a graduate student at Oregon State University, studying with Norman Lederman—“Mr. Inquiry,” Haste calls him—when she and her classmates were presented with the bag. Lederman told them that they needed to assemble the paper cut-outs of bones from the bag into the correct animal skeleton.

“How do you figure out what are the arms? What are the legs? Where the backbone stops and becomes the shoulders?” Haste recalls asking herself.



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