Mission and Accomplishments


Foundation Beyond Belief's mission is to unite the humanist community in volunteer and charitable efforts, and to advocate for compassionate action throughout the world.

Accomplishing Our Mission

Since our launch in 2010, our members and supporters have donated over $2 million to organizations working to improve the world.

We have funded education in Cambodia, Pakistan, Uganda, India, the United States, and nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa, improved access to health care for marginalized populations on four continents, and supported populations at risk after disasters both natural and human in their origins.

We've supported efforts to fight global warming and protect biodiversity. We've helped open a new school for girls in Pakistan and funded a four-year college scholarship for indigenous Guatemalans. We've added humanist voices and dollars to the fight for LGBT rights, empowered adoptions, helped feed the hungry, and worked to protect the most vulnerable - refugees in war, victims of torture, women under threat of violence, political asylees, people struggling with addiction, and those seeking dignity at the end of their lives.

Through our Challenge the Gap program, we seek the best expressions of non-secular worldviews and have funded effective, non-proselytizing charities based in world religions.The Challenge the Gap program is on hiatus in 2017-2018 and  will be revisited in 2018-2019.

Our more than 125 Beyond Belief Network teams have put humanist compassion to work with over 100,000 volunteer hours contributed across the US, from AIDS hospices and food pantries to blood drives and environmental protection projects. And we've raised over $1,000,000 to fight blood cancers for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, thanks in part to grants from the Stiefel Freethought Foundation.

There's no supernatural power to make this world a better place. It is up to us. Foundation Beyond Belief is humanity at work.

Learn more on our About page

Help out! Donate to the FBB General Fund, give to Humanist Grants, or support the Humanist Action: Ghana

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Dale McGowan

Our Beginnings

Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) was founded in 2009 in Georgia by Dale McGowan, who envisioned a way for humanists to give to charity by "passing the tithing plate". Dale served as executive director from 2009 to May 2015.

Humanist Grants was our first program, and the first slate of beneficiaries was selected for Q1 2010. Beyond Belief Network was launched in July 2011. Current Executive Director Noelle George first joined FBB as a volunteer in 2011 to help launch the Beyond Belief Network as the BBN Program & Internship Program Coordinator.

We are very grateful to Dale for his hard work in getting FBB off the ground. 

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