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Welcome to the full launch!

Jan 1, 2010
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Welcome to the full launch of Foundation Beyond Belief! Foundation membership is now open, and our first slate of beneficiaries is in place.

And what a slate it is. There’s an organization of scientists committed to biodiversity, another providing health care to marginalized communities on five continents, and a secular alternative for addiction recovery. There’s a non-profit bringing safe drinking water to people in desperate need, an advocacy group for refugees fleeing war, and another for asylum seekers fleeing torture. A scholarship fund for GLBT students who have been disowned by their families. An organization protecting children in war zones, and another protecting the environment by working toward "greener" buildings and cities.

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Welcome!

Dec 31, 2009
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The full launch of Foundation Beyond Belief is just hours away.

Beginning January 1, members can sign up for automatic contributions and distribute them among our ten featured beneficiaries, nominate and advocate for future beneficiaries, and engage in a social network built around humanist philanthropy.

For now, feel free to explore the site. Click “Current Charity List” by the flash bar above to learn about our current slate of featured charities, visit the Video Center, or read the FAQs.

Just be sure to pop in again tomorrow for the full launch!

Dale McGowan
Executive Director

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Our final beneficiary: FOUNDATION BEYOND BELIEF

Dec 23, 2009
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fbbEach quarter beginning January 1, Foundation Beyond Belief will highlight one charitable organization in each of ten categories. The tenth charity each quarter will be the Foundation itself.

Members sign up for an automatic monthly donation in the amount of their choice, then set up personal profiles to indicate how they would like their contribution distributed among the ten categories. 

Those who choose to include the Foundation in their distribution will help fund our day-to-day operations, including the charitable giving program, our humanist parenting support program, and such planned programs as a humanist volunteer corps and a kids’ philanthropy program. 

The centerpiece of the Foundation will be a lively online community. Active members can join a social network and discussion forums centered on the ten categories of giving, advocate for causes, and help us choose the new beneficiaries each quarter. We are also creating a multi-author blog of world-class contributors focused on humanism, philanthropy, and the intersection of the two. 

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Our ninth beneficiary: BERGEN COUNTY SANCTUARY COMMITTEE

Dec 22, 2009
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LibertytorchBeginning Jan 1, the Foundation will highlight ten charitable organizations per quarter. Between now and then, we’ll gradually introduce you to our first slate.

Today we are proud to introduce the BERGEN COUNTY SANCTUARY COMMITTEE as our ninth announced beneficiary and the first in the HUMAN RIGHTS category for the first quarter of 2010.

The Bergen County Sanctuary Committee serves as a sponsor organization for people who have applied for political asylum in the US, providing humanitarian support and advocacy.

BCSC is a model community-based alternative to detention. It is a coalition of religious and humanist communities, human rights organizations, and other groups and individuals in the Greater New York City area who provide support and services for asylum seekers who are released from detention.

BCSC is the only organization of its kind operating in the New York area.

The beneficiaries for the first quarter of 2010 have been selected by the Foundation Board. Active members can help us choose future beneficiaries by researching and nominating charities and (beginning Jan 1) by discussing, debating, and advocating for the causes of their choice through our social network. Final decisions will be made by the Board, but collective member input will be among the most important considerations.

Visit BCSC online

Visit Foundation Beyond Belief’s HUMAN RIGHTS page

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Our eighth beneficiary: WATER FOR PEOPLE

Dec 21, 2009
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wfplogoBeginning Jan 1, the Foundation will highlight ten charitable organizations per quarter. Between now and then, we’ll gradually introduce you to our first slate.

Today we are proud to introduce WATER FOR PEOPLE as our eighth announced beneficiary and the first in the POVERTY category for the first quarter of 2010.

Water For People helps people in developing countries improve their quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities and health and hygiene education programs.

Their vision is a world in which all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation; a world where no one suffers or dies from a water- or sanitation-related disease.

The beneficiaries for the first quarter of 2010 have been selected by the Foundation Board. Active members can help us choose future beneficiaries by researching and nominating charities and (beginning Jan 1) by discussing, debating, and advocating for the causes of their choice through our social network. Final decisions will be made by the Board, but collective member input will be among the most important considerations.

Visit Water For People online

Visit Foundation Beyond Belief’s POVERTY page

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Our seventh beneficiary: SMART RECOVERY

Dec 17, 2009
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srlogoBeginning Jan 1, the Foundation will highlight ten charitable organizations per quarter. Between now and then, we will gradually introduce you to our first slate.

Today we are proud to introduce SMART RECOVERY as our seventh announced beneficiary and the first in the BIG BANG category (small budget, big impact) for the first quarter of 2010.

SMART Recovery® provides free, science-based, self-empowering support groups for individuals desiring to abstain from any substance or activity addiction. We operate in ten countries, and provide over 500 weekly face-to-face meetings, as well as daily online meetings, message boards and a 24/7 chat room.

There is overwhelming agreement in the research community that no single treatment or recovery approach is appropriate for all individuals. There should be many recognized paths to recovery. Yet one recovery path based on faith in a higher power is the only option generally known. Many individuals who are not appropriate for AA end up there without realizing they have choices. Many of these individuals leave AA quickly, not knowing where else to turn. A rapid increase of SMART Recovery meetings would be a major boost for public health. Increasing awareness of the "many paths to recovery" principle and the SMART Recovery alternative would enrich many lives and save many lives.

Visit SMART Recovery on the web

Visit the Foundation’s BIG BANG page

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Our sixth beneficiary: REFUGEES INTERNATIONAL

Dec 8, 2009
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RILOGOBeginning Jan 1, the Foundation will highlight ten charitable organizations per quarter. Between now and then, we’ll gradually introduce you to our first slate.

Today we are proud to introduce REFUGEES INTERNATIONAL as our fifth announced beneficiary and the first in the PEACE category for the first quarter of 2010.

Our PEACE category will include organizations advocating for peace, promoting alternatives to violent conflict, or mitigating the suffering and destruction brought on by violent conflict.

Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.

Refugee crises left unattended threaten stability around the world. There are 41.9 million refugees and internally displaced people and 12 million stateless people living in limbo without citizenship rights. People forced from their homes by conflict are among the world’s most vulnerable and they all have individual stories of loss, heartache and survival.

Timely responses to refugee crises can increase stability in a region before the conflict spreads across borders. Due to our efforts, abandoned refugees receive food, medicine and education; displaced families return home; peacekeepers are sent to protect displaced people from harm; and stateless people obtain legal status.

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Feeling the Pulse in Copenhagen

Dec 4, 2009
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Tommaso BoggiaBy Tommaso Boggia,
Foundation Beyond Belief Environment Blogger

Hi, Foundation Beyond Belief community!

I am about to ship out to Copenhagen to attend the international climate negotiations, in which world leaders will be setting the framework for global reductions of climate-altering gasses. Haven’t heard about it? Well, here is the spiel:

Remember the Kyoto Protocol? Back in 1997, developing nations agreed to give reducing their emissions a shot, but the United States never ratified it. After eight years of an anti-science federal government, the U.S. finally has a shot at taking responsibility for the fact that we consume so much more than anyone else on the planet.

I heart KyotoThe successor to the Kyoto Protocol was initially supposed to be finalized this December in Copenhagen, but was delayed due to the United States Senate taking forever to come up with a climate bill (did you call your senator yet?). Without a mandate from the Senate, President Obama’s negotiators don’t have anything to negotiate around and, with the United States gone from the table, so are 20 percent of the world’s current emissions. Needless to say, we won’t be getting a treaty signed yet, but hopes are high that participants in Copenhagen can, at the very least, get the overall framework in place so that they can plug in tangible numbers at a later date (probably at next year’s conference in Mexico).

Policy spiel over!

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Our fifth beneficiary: GLOBAL GREEN USA

Nov 24, 2009
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gglogoBeginning Jan 1, the Foundation will highlight ten charitable organizations per quarter. Between now and then, we’ll gradually introduce you to our first slate.

Today we are proud to introduce GLOBAL GREEN USA as our fifth announced beneficiary and the first in the ENVIRONMENT category for the first quarter of 2010. 

Global Green is the US arm of Green Cross International (GCI), which was created by President Mikhail Gorbachev to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future by reconnecting humanity with the environment.

Global Green is working to address some of the greatest challenges facing humanity. In the United States, their work is primarily focused on stemming global climate change by creating green buildings and cities.

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Coming Together to Solve the Climate Crisis

Nov 7, 2009
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Tommaso Boggia

By Tommaso Boggia, Foundation Beyond Belief Environment Blogger

Getting people interested in the climate crisis can be tough. For some reason, when you start talking about political corruption and scientific data, most people tune out, fall asleep, stop caring, or start acting like contrarians for the hell of it, but I know the climate crisis discussion can be much more exciting than that!

What is more exciting than windmills slowly spinning their blades in the American heartland?

What is more inspiring than recently laid-off factory workers heading back to work building new batteries for electric cars?

What is more beautiful than 15,000 young Ethiopians marching in the streets of Addis Ababa to preserve a future with plentiful crops, accessible drinking water, and sustainable development?

Sure, puppies and polar bears are cute and draw people‚Äôs attention, but I won’t be talking about those here (check out the animal protection section for your cute-animal fix). The climate crisis is a human problem, and human stories will demonstrate the exciting opportunities and potential threats that lie ahead.

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