Foundation Beyond Belief’s Humanist Giving Program presents our 2015 Fall Q4 Beneficiaries. Each beneficiary was chosen after extensive research based on their methods of work. We concentrated on finding superb organizations working in community-based programming this quarter. Each beneficiary will receive a grant from Foundation Beyond Belief regular giving members. Natural World EcoViva EcoViva is…

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World Faith, our Challenge the Gap beneficiary during July, August, and September 2015, endeavors to disincentive violence. How? By countering cultural narratives that explicitly or implicitly create divisions and animosity between diverse groups. By encouraging humanization through volunteering together to work on shared community concerns—rather than traditional interfaith dialogue—and addressing the underlying economic issues that…

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Our Q3 2015 Beneficiaries at Foundation Beyond Belief have one thing in common: they all use long-term studies and evidence-based practices to guide their programming.  The underlined portions of the descriptions highlight some of the examples of this evidence-based approach. Human Rights and Conference Charity Benefit Beneficiary Community Change, Inc #blacklivesmatter: listen, learn, think, discuss,…

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For the second year in a row, Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless (ATXAHH) was invited to speak with students enrolled in a Perspectives on Atheism class taught by Dr. Innes Mitchell at St. Edward's University. Although St. Edward’s is a private, Catholic University, not all its students hold religious beliefs. Some of the students in…

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Akili Dada has been our Human Rights beneficiary this quarter. “…In Swahili, “akili dada” translates to “intelligent sister,” and that is the goal of Akili Dada – to build an intelligent sisterhood of talented young women and future leaders in Kenya….Program participants learn from other women and each other through mentorship and work to build…

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​Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), our first-quarter Challenge the Gap beneficiary, is a program that trains leaders at college campuses in religious tolerance and understanding. This message of interfaith cooperation and community service has been supported and encouraged by many. Even President Obama has emphasized interfaith service through the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.…

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Interfaith Youth Core, our first-quarter Challenge the Gap beneficiary, is a program that trains leaders at college campuses in religious tolerance and understanding. IFYC is a returning beneficiary – Foundation Beyond Belief also featured them in the first quarter of 2011. With the 2011 grant, IFYC expanded their Better Together campaign. This campaign was designed…

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Throughout the years, Foundation Beyond Belief has worked to achieve philanthropic best practices and stay true to our values and mission. Incorporating best practices into our Humanist Giving model is a closely monitored balancing act. We are currently adapting our approach to selecting beneficiaries—while selecting our first-quarter 2015 beneficiaries, we reviewed and researched the following:…

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Because Foundation Beyond Belief is engaging in an exciting new initiative, the Compassionate Impact Grant, for the fourth quarter of 2014, we won’t be selecting charities for our traditional five focus areas this quarter (Human Rights, Poverty & Health, The Natural World, Education, and Challenge the Gap). Let’s use this opportunity to look back at…

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Our Challenge the Gap program was created to find and support progressive, non-proselytizing religious charities whose work reflects shared values with the humanist community. The Night Ministry was our Challenge the Gap Q3 2014 beneficiary and received a grant of $10,260. On October 22, the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Family & Youth…

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