The first effort to duplicate the humanist giving and volunteering model of Foundation Beyond Belief outside of the United States is preparing for launch in Australia.
Though FBB has a global impact through the charities we support, our US 501(c)(3) status requires us to primarily fund charities incorporated here in the US, and only US members can claim a tax exemption. Within weeks of our launch, we began getting inquiries from members in Canada, Australia and the UK about any plans we might have to expand.
Humanists in Australia are now moving from questions to action, working rapidly to establish an FBB Australia. Though based on the same model and sharing our brand and name, the new foundation will be governed independently and will focus on Australia-based charities and members.
“Foundation Beyond Belief is an idea whose time has come in Australia,” says Avi Chapman, lead organizer of the effort. “Aussies are both generous and secular – a perfect fit for the Foundation. We’re very excited to be working to bring this concept to fruition down under.”