Humanity at Work · Compassionate Humanists supporting charities worldwide

  • Highlights 5 carefully vetted charities per quarter in the areas of Poverty and Health, Education, Human Rights, The Natural World, Challenge the Gap.

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

  • A collective of organizations putting compassionate humanism into action through community volunteering and charitable fundraising. 

  • A Humanist Disaster Recovery Team deployed in January to rebuild homes in Columbia, SC damaged by flooding during Hurricane Joaquin.

We are Humanity 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: Giving, Volunteering Network, Service Corps, and Disaster Recovery.

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The amount of forest protected by Cool Earth’s partners grows every year. That’s because good ideas spread fast. In Peru, neighbors have learned about Cool Earth at volleyball matches, chatonka tournaments, and vaccination drives. In the Congo, it’s usually at a wedding. In Papua New Guinea, where the rainforest meets the sea, how better to spread the word than a sailing race?

At the very first Cool Earth regatta, 28 outrigger canoes with tarpaulin sails turned up at Gadaisu for a day of racing and dancing. People came from far and wide to compete, and the news about Cool Earth traveled back to a remote village called Wabumari, who sent Basil Matasi to ask if we would come for a visit. Wabumari means ‘morning dew’ and it lies about an hour’s boat ride from Gadaisu. Houses constructed from sago poles with screens woven from coconut sit alone a muddy, sheltered shore. Situated just behind is a shallow basin covered in pristine flat rainforest that is, unfortunately, ideal for palm oil production.


By Special to FBB from Cool Earth

I am an atheist. There I said it.

More accurately, I am a secular humanist. This description doesn’t mean a lot to many people, but it is how I approach my work in the world. It does mean that I don’t adhere to any belief in any particular god. I adhere to the tenets of secular humanism. By default, I am an atheist. Humanism is defined by the American Humanist Association as a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

When people learn I am an atheist they are often shocked and completely overlook the overall humanist part of my makeup. My wife, who is an openly secular nonbeliever, was once told, “but you seem like such a nice person” when she informed the individual of her worldview. I’ve been told that many times as well. People who say that don’t realize how insulting that is. Atheists as a group have been wrongfully stigmatized as miserable, evil people who are determined to fight religion and curb religious rights in the world. One of my many goals in coming to work in Ghana for the Humanist Service Corps (HSC) is to help disprove that misconception by showing that there are good and decent people who are making a difference in the world without the adherence to any particular religion or a belief in a higher power.

Atheists are everywhere.


By Warren Tidwell, HSC:Ghana Voluteer

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