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A few years ago the Salvation Army ran a full-page advertisement in popular magazines announcing, “We Combat Natural Disasters With Acts of God” A play on the centuries-old claim of disasters as “Acts of God,” this line surely makes many a relief worker and recovery volunteer cringe. Disasters are the result of nature interacting with society in an unfavorable way. Unlike the Salvation Army’s claim, the ability of a community to recover is decidedly not the result of divine intervention, but rather the blood, sweat, and tears of survivors and helpers. (Of course there are economic and political factors that interfere, but let's not forget, those too are human-caused.) Disaster recovery has a way of bringing out the best in ...

By Samantha Montano, Humanist Disaster Recovery Coordinator

Congratulations to Beyond Belief Network’s August Team of the Month: Humanist Alliance Philippines, International! This Level 3 team is Beyond Belief Network’s only international team. HAPI was chosen for this honor because of their regular service event schedule, strong spirit of volunteerism and commitment towards improving their community. HAPI was previously chosen as our May Picture of the Month. One of HAPI’s initiatives is Feeding sa Riles, a bimonthly nutritional campaign that aims to diminish hunger, poverty and financial illiteracy in slum areas. The team is currently monitoring the growth of 200 children in Alabang, Philippines. Volunteers usually prepare and cook nutritional fruits and green leafy vegetables for the kids to have a more nutritious and inexpensive lifestyle. So far ...

By Elizabeth Minutello

Congratulations to Fellowship of Freethought Dallas in Dallas, TX! This Level 3 team submitted August’s Picture of the Month. Fellowship of Freethought Dallas was previously honored in April as Beyond Belief Network’s Team of the Month. Fellowship of Freethought Dallas helped sort and pack several thousand pounds of food for North Texas Food Bank as part of an annual "full on faith" event. The DFW Coalition of Reason (mostly FoF) and Muslims for Loyalty were the biggest participators. Picture of the Month recognizes teams who submit great pictures with their event reports.  

By Elizabeth Minutello

D.C. Central Kitchen is Foundation Beyond Belief’s 2015 Q3 Poverty and Health beneficiary  for the Humanist Giving program. As with all FBB beneficiaries, D.C. Central Kitchen was chosen based on compatibility with the FBB mission, program effectiveness, financial responsibility, and an innovative approach to solving a problem. D.C. Central Kitchen’s mission is to “use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities.” You can use this guide for service event ideas to help D.C. Central Kitchen’s goals. D.C. Central Kitchen’s Work D.C. Central Kitchen tackles hunger and poverty through food distribution, food recycling, and job training using a social enterprise model. They distribute 5,000 meals every day at little or no cost to 80 nearby homeless ...

By Elizabeth Minutello

Foundation Beyond Belief is proud to announce that it has reached the $2 million mark in funds raised and distributed to charities in the United States and around the world.   In addition to small grants in the $10,000 range to dozens of organizations during that time, that total also includes larger Compassionate Impact Grants to two selected organizations, The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Starfish that totaled $50,000 or more.   It also includes more than $100,000 in Humanist Crisis Response funds sent to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the devastating earthquake in Nepal a few months ago, as well as funding for refugees from the Syrian civil war and legal help for child refugees ...

By Ed Brayton

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