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FAQ

FOUNDATION FUNDING

FOUNDATION STAFF

  • Are you hiring staff/looking for volunteers?

    • The Foundation has several part-time staff positions, as well as several volunteer opportunities, including internships. Watch the Job/Volunteer Listings page.

  • Is the Foundation staff compensated?

    • Our staff includes compensated part-time employees and several volunteers. We also have an unpaid Board of Directors. All staff compensation is funded through grants and discretionary donations only, never from donations to our beneficiaries. All compensation is set well within non-profit norms.

HUMANIST CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM

  • Why am I seeing the same beneficiary multiple times?

    • Usually you'll see four different charities as beneficiaries, but one quarter a year we feature a single, game-changing grant tofor one innovative organization. This grant is called the Compassionate Impact Grant (CIG). It's all part of our ongoing commitment to seeking out the best practices in philanthropy.

      In this instance, you see four of the same charity because our online tools for calculating your donation percentage assignments are based on a four-beneficiary system. In order for those tools to function properly, we are currently required to duplicate our single Compassionate Impact Grant recipient four times. Please feel free to use your donation percentage assignment tools as before by clicking "manage donations" on your account dashboard, knowing that percentages set for any of the four duplicate entries will all be allocated to the same Compassionate Impact Grant recipient. Questions? Please don't hesitate to contact us.

  • Why aren’t you rated by Charity Navigator?

  • Why is the Foundation necessary? Can’t I just donate directly to these charities?

    • Of course you can. But if you are a humanist, and the idea of working together with other humanists to make the world a better place as a direct expression of what you believe is appealing and inspiring to you, and you'd like to be a part of articulating the collective humanist voice in the world of philanthropy...well, that's what we're here for. Pull up a membership and let's get started.

  • Can I submit an organization for consideration?

    • Due to increased interest in our grant funding, we are no longer able to take Charity Nominations from the public.

      At some point in the future, we will reopen this opportunity. Please do not use any other contact forms to submit a charity nomination, otherwise your charity will not be considered now or in the future.

  • Why hasn’t my favorite freethought organization been featured?

    • FBB was created for a different purpose -- to give humanists and atheists a collective presence in philanthropic giving for the general good, outside of our own community. Beneficiaries can have a specifically humanist/atheist identity so long as their programs serve the general good, not just those in our own worldview.

  • What if I don’t like one of the beneficiaries you select?

    • That will certainly happen from time to time, which is why members can change their donation distribution at any time. Suppose you have 50 percent of your distribution in Human Rights, then one quarter we choose an organization you do not wish to support. Simply go into your Account and move your 50 percent to another category.

  • What are the channels for member input?

  • What is the process for selecting beneficiaries?

    • The Humanist Grants Program staff carefully reviews, analyzes, and vets charities based on Best Philanthropic Practices. Every quarter, numerous options in each beneficiary category are considered, along with staff and board comment. The FBB staff chooses a final slate of candidates that is approved by the Board of Directors.

  • What are the criteria for selecting a beneficiary?

    • Beneficiaries are chosen for efficiency, effectiveness, moderate size, compatibility with humanist focus on mutual care in this world and this life, and geographic diversity. Beneficiaries must work for the common good -- not advocate for, defend, or promote any single worldview, even our own. In addition to direct research, FBB makes use of Charity Navigator, the Better Business Bureau, GiveWell, GuideStar, and other third-party sources of information and charity review. Beneficiaries in our four categories are strictly secular. A previous initiative provided a fifth category called Challenge the Gap gave those members so inclined the option to support a non-proselytizing, progressive religious charity working for the common good. Challenge The Gap is on hiatus in 2017-2018.

  • How does the Humanist Grants program work?

    • The Foundation highlights four charities per quarter, one in each of four areas:

      • Poverty & Health
      • Education
      • Human Rights
      • Natural World

      Members join the Foundation by signing up for an automatic monthly donation in the amount of their choice, then indicate how they would like it distributed among the four categories. At the end of each quarter, all donations are forwarded to the beneficiaries and a new slate is featured. Though members may choose to distribute a portion to the Foundation Beyond Belief General Fund if they wish, the Foundation retains no portion of the donations designated for our featured charities.

PERSONAL ACCOUNTS

  • I don’t like PayPal. Is there another way to create a regular account?

    • If your bank has an automatic Bill Pay function, you can set up a monthly payment in the amount of your choice to Foundation Beyond Belief, Inc., 211 Baker Rd #531, Barker TX 77413. Once you've set up the automatic payment, let us know. We'll create your account and send you the logins so you can distribute your donation.

  • How do I cancel my monthly donations?

    • This is done through your PayPal account in either of two ways:

      1. Select Profile > My money > My pre-approved payments and cancel your Foundation payment; OR 2. Choose Payments Sent and find any entry marked "Recurring Payment To - Foundation Beyond Belief, Inc." Click "Details" for that entry; Click "View Details" on the next page; then select Cancel.

  • How do I change my monthly donation amount?

    • All of our accounts are currently processed through PayPal. Simply log into your PayPal account and click Profile > My money > My pre-approved payments. Cancel your previous order, then return to your FBB account to purchase a new plan.

  • Why do you ask for donations on a monthly basis?

    • The Foundation exists for a very specific purpose -- not just collecting money for causes, but helping to create a systematic culture of giving among humanists and atheists. That's why actual Foundation membership requires a regular monthly commitment in the amount of your choice -- even $5 a month will do -- to build that culture of regular giving. We are also building an ongoing conversation around best practices for humanist philanthropy, and that requires an ongoing, connected community.

  • I keep seeing references to automatic monthly donations. Can’t I make a one-time donation?

    • We will always gratefully receive one-time donations to the Foundation itself (click on One-Time Donation), and individuals can go directly to our featured charities if they wish to make one-time donations to them, but a regular monthly donation is required for membership.

  • What about Canada, Australia, etc?

    • To register as an eligible charity in Canada, FBB would have to show a physical presence there or show that a substantial part of our programmatic expenditure is in Canada, neither of which is likely soon. Two exceptions:

      If you are a Canadian citizen with U.S. income, you can claim any gifts to U.S. charities that would be allowed on a U.S. return up to 75% of the net U.S. income you report on your Canadian return.

      If you live near the border in Canada throughout the year and commute to your principal workplace or business in the United States, and if that employment or business was your main source of income for the year, you may be able to claim the eligible amount of your gifts to certain U.S. organizations up to 75% of your net world income.

      Obstacles similar to the Canadian restrictions appear (quite sensibly) to be in place in Australia and the UK.

      UPDATE: Plans are currently underway to establish affiliates of FBB in Australia and Canada. 

  • Are donations tax-deductible?

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