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Starfish is a powerful model of education and support focused within the native Mayan community in Guatemala. Throughout their history, they have a track record of empowering Girl Pioneers, increasing literacy in students and their parents, and encouraging traditional education and strong mentorship for girls after the sixth grade. Their mentorship program strengthens the bonds between different aspects of their community, education, students, families and mentorship. They take the successes and failures of their Girl Pioneers into account to advance their programs for the better. After years of supporting Girl Pioneers with strong mentorship, Starfish recognized that while some education is better than no education, the traditional Guatemalan education program is not designed to move their Girl Pioneers into a ...

By AJ Chalom, Humanist Giving Program Coordinator, Foundation Beyond Belief

Foundation Beyond Belief’s Beyond Belief Network is a network of secular humanist groups volunteering in their communities and raising money for FBB’s featured charities and programs. Any group with a public secular humanist or atheist identity is welcome to join, regardless of experience or group size. Members of Upstate Atheists participated in an Adopt a Highway cleanup in Greenville, SC. They removed trash and debris from the adopted stretch of highway from Roper Mountain Rd. to Laurens Rd. Humanists of Houston, based in Houston, TX, recently participated in The Race Against Violence. The Race Against Violence is an annual fundraiser benefiting the Houston Area Women's Center, whose mission is to end domestic and sexual violence. This is the third year ...

By Elizabeth Minutello

Foundation Beyond Belief is proud to announce our most recent Small Grant Awardee, Hispanic American Freethinkers.  They have an impressive track record of supporting and raising awareness of educational support for Latina students in STEM fields. This award will support their new program to offer a scholarship to one student in the upcoming year. We congratulate them on this honor that will include financial support in the near future. For more information, follow them on Twitter or visit and like them on Facebook.    

By AJ Chalom, Humanist Giving Program Coordinator, Foundation Beyond Belief

March is Women’s History Month. Unfortunately, women of color are often underrepresented even among change movements. This makes the work of a group like our first quarter 2015 Human Rights beneficiary, Akili Dada, even more important. Akili Dada helps young women establish their own voice and empower themselves so that they may become the history makers of their society through programs like their Young Changemakers and Innovation in Leadership. Even just a quick follow of their Twitter shows a dedication to bringing the ideas and voices of women to a larger audience. Their page often quotes program participants right alongside famous historic female leaders – showing their participants are the history-makers to come. Akili Dada's videos provide a chance for women and girls to speak in their own ...

By Stephanie Jackson Ali

At Pikes Peak Atheists and Pikes Peak Atheist Families, we’re very excited about a new initiative we started in November. It’s called Taking Care of Each Other, and the idea is that we will support our fellow community members. We have already had a number of great successes with our two-month-old program, including: Gathering clothing (over three hundred pieces) and other items for a low-income single mom. Donating a bike for someone whose broken bike had been their only mode of transportation to and from work. Gathering a number of furniture pieces for a woman who had recently moved out on her own Rehoming a washer and dryer for a low-income family and their roommate. This was badly needed because ...

By Michelle Swenson and Crystal Starkey

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