To date, our BBN teams across the United States and internationally have donated over 100,000 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.
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.
Are you 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.
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, see the BBN resources page.
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:
Events not submitted to the event report form will not be considered for leveling up.
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.
Two awards are available to BBN teams on a monthly basis:
The annual Heart of Humanism awards recognize sterling service from BBN teams and individual humanists who have made extraordinary contributions to compassionate humanism.
Individual awards recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to compassionate humanism: