As a result of all your help in voting and getting the word out, we were ultimately able to secure 3,429 votes, qualifying Foundation Beyond Belief for a $20,000 grant from the Chase Community Giving program! With this funding we’ll be able to tremendously expand our membership, partnership, and Volunteers Beyond Belief programs.
But we weren’t the only secular charity that met success through the program: Secular Student Alliance finished in 27th place, securing a $50,000 grant, and Camp Quest in 69th, also receiving $20,000.
Special thanks to Jessica Kirsner, Amanda Metskas, PZ Myers, Hemant Mehta, Greta Christina, The Atheist Rabbi, David Niose, Greg Epstein, Chris Stedman, Ingo Soeding, Darrel Ray, Rebekah Bennetch, Zach Moore, JT Eberhard, Kara Long, Kiersten Brown, Margaret Downey, all the FBB members and partners, the VBB teams, all the interns and staff of FBB and SSA, Responsible Charity, European Humanists Atheists and Agnostics, the Mothers Beyond Belief board, the Society for Humanistic Judaism, the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, Kasese Humanist Primary School, Minnesota Atheists, Fargo-Moorehead Atheists, Malta Humanist Association, the American Humanist Association, and—of course—Chase Community Giving.
With the help of these inspired individuals and organizations, as well as everyone who worked with us to make these grants possible, the secular movement will now see extraordinary change in its philanthropy, student activism, and youth education. The future of humanist giving is on the horizon, and now we have the resources to help us on our journey.
UPDATE: Here’s a big THANK YOU from members of FBB, Camp Quest, and the Secular Student Alliance, Gangnam Style: