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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.

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We are thrilled to announce the winners of our latest Heart of Humanism Awards. This year’s awards recognize the outstanding community service of local groups who are part of our Beyond Belief Network program who made extraordinary contributions to compassionate humanism.

In addition to being eligible for these awards, our BBN teams are also eligible for perks such as t-shirts, and the opportunity to apply for grants for service projects. Congratulations to this year's winners! The winners for 2016 are:

Humanism at Work: This is our top award awarded to the team with the most volunteer hours in 2016 and the winning team is Humanist Alliance Philippines, International. HAPI is our only international team and focuses on literacy and the environment.

Best Photo: You can see the winning photo by Central Ohio United Non-Theists above.

Gimme Food and Shelter: This is awarded to the team with outstanding contributions to causes related to homelessness and food. In 2016, Tri-State Freethinkers volunteered at and held events for several different organizations addressing homelessness and food. Including Hosea House, The Giving Fields, and Freestore Foodbank.

Humanist Communication: Our winners for communication are Pikes Peak Atheists & Pikes Peak Atheist Families because they always send great photos and details of their events, like the time they found mannequin parts during their cleanup.

Eat. Sleep. Volunteer. Awarded to the team with the most volunteer events in that calendar year. This year’s winner, Austin Humanists at Work, had 57 events in 2016.

Backbone volunteers: Awarded to a team that played a consistent and reliable role in a local organization. This year’s winner, Flagstaff Freethinkers, not only held a monthly event at a local food center that serves families experiencing homelessness, they also stepped in when needed at the last minute three times as well as doing a food drive for the center.

Rookie of the Year: Our winner in this category, South Texas Atheists for Reason (STAR), was one of the most active teams across the board, not just among new teams. They had the second most events of any team with 56.

We are so grateful to all of the BBN teams that work so hard making their communities better every day. For more information on how you can join a group in your area or how your local team can join the Beyond Belief Network, please go to our website.


Austin Humanists at Work (ATXHAW) has received a 501(c)(3) designation, officially establishing it as a nonprofit organization. The group is an extremely active, Beyond Belief Network team and have received grants from Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB). FBB will continue to support them and their mission and are excited by this development that will allow them to better serve their community. 

Since 2014, ATXHAW has collected donations of personal care items to help people in Central Austin who are experiencing homelessness or who have limited means. With the 501(c)(3) status, ATXHAW can accept nonprofit monetary donations to fund the most-needed items for clients. Additionally, monetary and in-kind donations are tax-deductible.


Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) is proud to announce that we have chosen Proyecto Matria as our first beneficiary in the Humanist Disaster Recovery Drive to aid the people of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria. More than $25,000 was raised to aid Puerto Rico in hurricane recovery and Poyecto Matria will receive the majority of the funds. Details are still being worked out for the remainder of the funds and that announcement will be made at a later time.

Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm, hit Puerto Rico on September 20 with 150 mph winds and rainfall that measured in feet in some areas. The island was already suffering from damage that occurred when Hurricane Irma clipped the island on September 7. Of the 1 million people Irma had left without power on the island, 60,000 were still without electricity when Maria hit two weeks later. As Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said the Monday after Maria hit,  “Make no mistake — this is a humanitarian disaster involving 3.4 million US citizens.” Sadly, the US government response to the crisis, which left the island without electricity or access to clean drinking water, was slow and desperately inadequate.



We are happy to announce our September Beyond Belief Network (BBN) Picture of the Month and Team of the Month winners. This month, we would also like to welcome our Picture of the Month winner, Long Island Atheists, to our network. This photo is from one of their first events as a BBN team. They have adopted a trail near the Little League of the Islips and will have cleaning events every two months. At this event, they collected over 20 bags of trash and recyclables and even had people who were playing at the park help them clean. Great job, Long Island Atheists!

A welcome is also necessary for our September’s Team of the Month winner. Secular Student Alliance at Ohio State University has restarted their service this semester. In September, six of their members volunteered for half a day at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore. That’s a great way to get back into the swing of things. Welcome back SSA at OSU!


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