The Foundation Beyond Belief is a “charitable foundation created to focus, encourage, and demonstrate humanist generosity and compassion.” Embodying the humanist belief that charity is good in and of itself, and need not be accompanied by proselytism, the 501(c)(3) has become a powerhouse for philanthropy in the secular community.
In 2012, the Foundation has taken on the ambitious project of raising $1 million to fight cancer by becoming a special partner with the The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for their Light the Night Walks. Secular philanthropist Todd Stiefel has pledged dollar for dollar matching funds up to $500,000, so this event marks a tremendous opportunity for secularists to get the most out of their charitable donations.
The University of Georgia Secular Student Alliance — UGAtheists has formed a team to walk this October 5th in Athens, Georgia. I’ll be walking with them, and I hope my loyal friends and readers will join me by making a donation.
You may remember there was a stink a while back after the American Cancer Society turned down a donation from Todd Stiefel. That was last year, and the donation was $250,000 dollars in matching funds. The ACS never came out and said it directly, but all the evidence points to the fact that Stiefel is an atheist, and the ACS did not want to promote an atheist organization or give them face time.
Secularists are not that easily defeated. This year, it’s half a million dollars, and it’s going on all over the country. If we can, between all of us all over the country and the world, come up with $500,000 between us, Todd Stiefel will give half a million dollars out of his own pocket to help people in suffering. No strings attached, no proselytism, no hoops to jump through. This is about giving because giving is the compassionate thing to do.
Each team member is encouraged to raise $100 for their walk, but I’m shooting a lot higher than that. Last year, this blog logged over 250,000 hits from over 20 countries. I feel certain that there’s one reader who can donate $100. I’m setting my personal goal at $2500, and I hope to be able to set it much higher as we get closer and closer to the date.
This is a win/win for secularists. The American Cancer Society doesn’t want our money, and that makes them look bad. This is a wonderful cause, and the money you donate will help people who are facing a devastating disease, at the same time shining a light on secularists, humanism, and the beautiful truth — We do not need God to be good. We are good because it’s good.
Please click the banner at the top of this article. It will take you directly to my page, where you can make a donation in any amount you wish. The LLS suggests a minimum donation of $30, which will help provide pamphlets with up-to-date health information for sufferers. A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
For anyone who is financially able, I encourage a donation of $100, which helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures. Pamphlets and support personnel are great, but we want to get down to the science and find better ways to treat the disease.
If you’re not able to make any of these amounts work, even $5 would help. Every penny of your donation goes to the LLS. I am donating my time to walk, and will not receive a penny. This is all about charity. Please donate to my Walk, and share this article with everyone you know.