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 these programs:
Grants: providing an avenue for humanists to regularly give to highly qualified and vetted charities in a number of cause areas.
Disaster Recovery: providing humanists an avenue to donate to a qualified and vetted charity in the event of a disaster and sending volunteers out to help rebuild after a disaster strikes.
Service Corps: An international volunteering program supporting and strengthening local, well-established nonprofits to improve lives.
Volunteer Network: supporting secular groups in doing service activities in their local communities with our Beyond Belief Network.
In short, Foundation Beyond Belief is humanity at work.
Foundation Beyond Belief is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation accomplishing its mission through four programs:
Each quarter our Humanist Grants staff selects five charitable organizations, one in each of the following cause areas:
You can contribute a monthly automatic donation in the amount of your choice, then set up your profiles to indicate how you would like your contribution distributed among the five categories.
Carefully selected for impact and efficiency, our featured beneficiaries are secular organizations with the exception of Challenge the Gap, which features non-proselytizing organizations based in other worldviews. At the end of each quarter, all donations designated for our featured charities are forwarded, no percentage is retained, and a new slate of beneficiaries selected.
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In cooperation with the American Humanist Association, our Humanist Disaster Recovery (HDR) program serves as the focal point for the humanist response to disaster events. HDR Drive raises funds for disaster recovery, and HDR staff has developed the first organized humanist disaster recovery volunteer program in the US, HDR Teams. Learn more about HDR Teams and join the volunteer database.
The Humanist Service Corps (HSC) is an international volunteering program run by Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB). HSC is a logical extension of FBB’s Humanist Grants program, which provides catalyst grants to small organizations with a track record of effective, data-driven innovation. HSC expands upon this idea by providing assistance in the form of volunteers to a smaller subset of such organizations.
The Humanist Service Corps currently supports Songtaba, a women's rights organization in northern Ghana. Songtaba's mission is to end the local, entrenched custom of accusing women of witchcraft and forcibly exiling them into lives of extreme poverty, isolation and desperation. While more than 90% of Ghanaians believe in witchcraft, witch-hunting primarily occurs only in Ghana’s highly impoverished Northern Region. In collaboration with Songtaba, HSC volunteers work to improve conditions in the witch-camps, empower women to become effective advocates for an end to gender-based violence inside and outside the witch-camps, and provide greater access to healthcare and education in the surrounding communities so that witchcraft is no longer used as an explanation for tragedy.
The Foundation sponsors over 100 humanist volunteer teams through our Beyond Belief Network (BBN). These local humanist groups bring people together to improve their communities. Learn more about BBN, or fill out the team application form for your local group.