Reimagined and Revamped. Fighting the spread of nonsense often feels like a Sisyphean task. However, the joy is in making the information available, not the hope of conversion.

Atheist Charities

This is the season of giving, as they say. There are a lot of religions who use this time of year for reflection, charity and general goodwill. I dont see why atheists can't also use this time of year to be benevolent. Any time of year is good of course, but personally I find winter solstice to be one of the most uplifting days of the year, so why not?

I've been asked often why there aren't any atheist charities. Of course, as usual, people are just presuming or parroting things they heard. Of course there are atheist charities. And like in my videos post, I am considering charities that do not promote a specific religion to be an atheist charity.

I found most of these at the Internet Infidels discussion board (and copied descriptive text from there, apologies if that was a problem). But I thought a nice list would be better, plus I added a few more. There are useful sites like CharityNavigator to help you sort through all the charities out there. If there are comments proposing ones that I missed (and surely there are plenty), I will add them to this list, if they are highly rated (not that all of these are). So here goes:

UPDATE 2009: I apologize for not refreshing this list. No time this year. Please feel free to leave some more a-theist charities for me to include in future versions in the comments.Please read the comments for more and add your own! I know there are more good secular charities out there that I have missed. I also recommend donating so some of the excellent critical thinking podcasts out there.

Secular Charities and Aid groups:

DonorsChoose.org
a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack.

Kiva.org
lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world.

The Union of Concerned Scientists
The leading science-based non-profit working for a healthy environment and safer world.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The USA's premier emergency response organization, over 91% of Red Cross spending is on charitable services.

American Civil Liberties Union
The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of constitutional protections and guarantees relating to First Amendment rights, including the freedom to practice religion and the freedom not to have religion rammed down our throats, equal protection, due process, and right to privacy.

United Nations Children's Fund
UNICEF mobilizes political will and material resources to help countries, particularly developing countries, ensure a "first call for children" and to build their capacity to form appropriate policies and deliver services for children and their families. UNICEF provides emergency and disaster relief.

Doctors without Borders
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in nearly 70 countries.

Amnesty International
AI’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
In pursuit of this vision, AI’s mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.

Oxfam International
Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. The Oxfams operate in over 100 countries worldwide working with local partners to alleviate poverty and injustice.

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a leading international, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the diversity of life on Earth. An environmental group that protects natural habitats and the wildlife within them. Focuses on "science-based" initiatives.

Population Connection
Population Connection is the national grassroots population organization that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth's resources. Works against faith-based policies that are supported by the Religious Right.

DefCon: Campaign to Defend the Constitution
DefCon is an online grassroots movement combating the growing power of the religious right. It includes a blog on religious freedom issues, action alerts, and in-depth articles on scientific, religious, and legal issues of the day.

The SEED foundation
National nonprofit that establishes urban public boarding schools to prepare students from underserved communities for success in college.

Project Peanut Butter
Project Peanut Butter is a therapeutic feeding program for malnourished children in Malawi and Sierra Leone, on the continent of Africa. It was founded by Professor Mark Manary, M.D., a pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and a professor of pediatric medicine at Washington University School of Medicine.

Electronic Frontiers Foundation
When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. Blending the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists, EFF achieves significant victories on behalf of consumers and the general public. EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the US government or large corporations.

Mercy corps
Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

Seva
Our programs serve people who have been economically, politically, or otherwise marginalized. We change our program approach to relate to their culture and circumstances, reaching out in very different ways, for example, to nomads in Tibet, women in Tanzania, or indigenous Mayans in Guatemala. Our aim is to build a bridge of compassion between our donors and the people we serve — people around the world who have the fewest resources.

International Peace Institute
The International Peace Institute (IPI) formerly International Peace Academy is an independent, international institution dedicated to promoting the prevention and settlement of armed conflict between and within states through policy research and development.

Issue-Specific Secularist Organizations

Anti-Discrimination
The ADSN Project.
The Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia's Anti-Discrimination support network (ADSN) is collecting narratives highlighting instances of bigotry against the nontheist community.

Southern Poverty Law Center
SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.

The Alternatives to Marriage Project
The Alternatives to Marriage Project (AtMP) advocates for equality and fairness for unmarried people, including people who are single, choose not to marry, cannot marry, or live together before marriage.

Pro-choice organizations
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Provides reproductive health care services, advocates for women's reproductive rights, and offers educational services for women.

NARAL Pro-choice America
Focuses mostly on the social and legal activism for women's abortion rights.

Womens Health Organizations
EngenderHealth
an international nonprofit organization that has been working for 60 years to make reproductive health services safe, available, and sustainable for women and men worldwide.

Ipas
an international organization that works around the world to increase women's ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, and to reduce abortion-related deaths and injuries.

Teen Pregnancy Reduction
National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Sadly this charity is rated with only 2 stars due to low efficiency. However their goal is highly respectable and needed, to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults.

HIV/AIDS
Treatment Action Campaign
campaign for treatment for people with HIV and to reduce new HIV infections. Our efforts have resulted in many life-saving interventions, including the implementation of country-wide mother-to-child transmission prevention and antiretroviral treatment programes.

U.S. Military
Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers
Challenging the myth that "there are no atheists in foxholes." There certainly are.

Gay rights
Lambda
A national non-profit gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT) agency dedicated to reducing homophobia, inequality, hate crimes, and discrimination by encouraging self-acceptance, cooperation, and non-violence.

Lambda Legal
The legal arm of the Lambda organization that protects GLBT civil rights through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
Dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Human Rights Campaign
Large organization working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equal rights.

School vouchers
National Education Association (NEA) on school vouchers
Provides several arguments for the case against private school vouchers.

Pledge of Allegiance
Restore the Pledge
Support Michael Newdow in his quest to remove the phrase "under God" from the official Pledge of Allegiance, coercively recited by millions of schoolchildren every day.

Evolution/Creationism in the science classroom
National Center for Science Education
Great resource with current news and resources (including the famous "Project Steve" list!) on defending evolution and science against pseudoscience advocates.

Texas Freedom Network
The Texas Freedom Network advances a mainstream agenda of religious freedom and individual liberties to counter the religious right

Boy Scouts of America discrimination against atheists, gays
Scouting For All
Composed of mostly former Boy Scouts, it is working to influence the BSA to include all participating youth members and leaders regardless of religious beliefs or sexual orientation.

Children in Poor countries
PlanUSA
an organization committed to helping children, their families and communities in 49 developing countries around the world.

Internet tools
Wikipedia
a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project. The name "Wikipedia" is a portmanteau (a combination of portions of two words and their meanings) of the words wiki (a type of collaborative Web site) and encyclopedia. Wikipedia's articles provide links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.


Church/state separation and secularist organizations

Americans United for Separation of Church and State
A national watchdog organization (with local chapters all around the U.S.---find one near you!) dedicated to preserving religious liberty. It is open to theists and nontheists of all kinds, and is headed by a minister with the United Church of Christ (Rev. Barry Lynn) who can be seen often in the national media and news stories centering on church/state separation issues.

American Civil Liberties Union (click on the "Religious Liberty" link)
A favorite target of the Religious Right. The ACLU defends civil liberties on many fronts including church/state separation, personal privacy, and legal protection through due process. Look for a local chapter in your area to join.

People for the American Way
Progressive group that supports secular values in government. PFAW is an activist organization and PAC (political action committee) working to battle such groups as the Christian Coalition. Click the "Religious Freedom" link for action alerts and information.

Freedom from Religion Foundation
Great organization that defends the rights of nontheists in courtrooms, sponsors a fun-filled annual national convention, and publishes the popular "Freethought Today" (magazine written by and for freethinkers).

Godless Americans Political Action Committee
Endorses and supports U.S. political candidates that support secular values in government and the rights of "godless Americans." We will have our "seat at the table" in formulating public policy.

Atheist Alliance
Democratic association of various individual atheists and atheist organizations. It is a great all-around resource for all-things atheist.

Interfaith Alliance
Alliance of leaders of various religions, worldviews, and beliefs that includes Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, agnostics, atheists, et al. It works to promote religious freedom for everyone regardless of religious beliefs as well as civic participation and civility. Nontheists can find theist allies here.

American Atheists
Controversial atheist organization started by the infamous Madalyn Murray O'Hair. Today it fights for the complete separation of church and state, as well as for the rights of atheists in America.

Secular Coalition for America
Vast coalition of secular and freethought organizations (including the Internet Infidels!) dedicated to sending lobbyists to Washington, D.C. to gain support for protecting the rights of nontheist Americans.

Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
Explores the causes of religious belief, promotes science in public schools, maintains a list of public lecturers, sells pro-secularist books and other media, and facilitates the giving of humanitarian aid to organizations that are completely secular in nature.

Europe

National Secular Society
Supports secularism in the UK, as well as church-state separation.

Rationalist Association
The Rationalist Association is a focus for rationalist thought and debate in the UK and worldwide. The RA is the UK's leading freethought and rationalist book publisher.

Australia

Atheist Foundation of Australia, Inc.
Something for our friends Down Under -- lots of good information, book lists, humor, etc.



Organizations that promote humanism/Atheism

Center For Inquiry
The purpose of the Center for Inquiry is to contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of science and reason, and their applications to human conduct.

Council for Secular Humanism
Large organization that offers support for secular humanists through activities such as magazine publishing, conducting secular ceremonies (weddings, funerals, etc.), educational courses, and summer camps for kids that teach critical thinking skills and secular ethical values.

American Humanist Association
Promotes the spread of humanism and furthering of the humanist philosophy in the U.S. by working with and/or establishing like-minded organizations.

The Continuum of Humanist Education
Online courses available for humanists in areas such as law, science, ethics, and secular humanist philosophy.

The Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS)
A think-tank that offers news, opinions, information, and humor relating to humanism. It works to spread public awareness and acceptance of humanist principles.

British Humanist Association
The largest provider of humanist ceremonies in England and Wales. Offers services for weddings, funerals, and baby-namings as well as general resources on humanism and support for humanist organizations.

Humanist Association of Canada
Provides secular officiants, information, services, and support for humanists in Canada.

Positive Atheism
Comprehensive resource for positive atheists to learn about atheism, history, philosophy, religious freedom, and responsibility.

Unitarian Universalist Assocation
A popular "church" for atheists, agnostics, deists, very liberal Christians, etc. Check your local yellow pages for one in your community or use this website's handy Congregation locator.

The Brights
A movement endorsed by several prominent nontheists to adopt a new term ("Brights") with an accompanying philosophy to describe secularists, freethinkers, atheists, naturalists, etc. with the intent of putting forth a positive, and less-stigmatized, perception of ourselves. Many nontheists have encouraged its use, while many others reject it.

The Objectivist Center
A controversial philosophy founded by Ayn Rand that embodies particular principles on various philosophical, political, economic, and religious issues. Objectivists generally are atheists, but atheists are generally not Objectivists.

Skeptic Society
Learn how to live life free of nonsensical beliefs, and develop your own scientific and critical thinking skills. Also publishes a popular monthly magazine, SKEPTIC, which can be found in major bookstores.

Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP)
Investigates extraordinary claims from a scientific and rational perspective. CSICOP also puts out a popular monthly magazine, Skeptical Inquirer, found in major bookstores.

American Ethical Union (AEU)
The American Ethical Union (AEU) describes "Ethical Culture" as a humanistic religious and educational movement inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of human life is working to create a more humane society.

International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU)
IHEU is the sole world umbrella organization for humanist, atheist, rationalist, secularist, skeptic, laique, ethical cultural, freethought and similar organizations world-wide.

Internet Infidels
A nonprofit educational organization dedicated to defending and promoting a naturalistic worldview on the Internet. They offer thousands of outstanding essays, reviews, and critiques, covering everything from articles of general interest to scholarly papers by prominent nontheistic philosophers, scientists, historians, and others. Unlike most of our opponents, we even publish responses to our own pieces to encourage readers to make up their own minds. In addition to such encyclopedic resources, other features of the site are outlined in the Secular Web pamphlet, which readers may download, print out, and distribute, as desired.

87 comments:

On 12/8/08, 6:01 AM , Teacherninja said...

Thanks for doing this--awesome and inspiring list!

 
On 12/8/08, 6:05 AM , HereticChick said...

Even though you call these "Atheist Charities" I'd like to suggest Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) which is run by Mikey Weinstein. He support religious & non-religious alike from religious persecution in the Military.http://militaryreligiousfreedom.org

 
On 12/8/08, 6:17 AM , Rainedaye said...

Thanks for putting this up! I hope all atheists bloggers take a minute this holiday season to try and spread the word about charities.

 
On 12/8/08, 6:25 AM , Rev. BigDumbChimp said...

Pretty Sure Big Brothers Big Sisters isn't religiously affiliated.

 
On 12/8/08, 6:35 AM , MiddleO'Nowhere said...

What about Child's Play the charity run by the guys at Penny Arcarde?

 
On 12/8/08, 6:39 AM , Ubi Dubium said...

Great list. Perhaps you should also add the James Randi Educational Foundation, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSICOP).

 
On 12/8/08, 7:14 AM , CJ said...

You should add Heifer International to your list. They make excellent stocking stuffers for those that celebrate Giftmas and their friends and relatives who may celebrate Xmas ... no religion required.

 
On 12/8/08, 7:33 AM , Techskeptic said...

Thanks all. I put this list up there originally because I had come across a number of people saying that atheists are immoral and selfish.

I used to have heifer on the list. They have changed their website since last year. Last year when I read their history it was religiously founded. They have really made religion take a back seat in their new descriptions.

I'll probably put it back on.

 
On 12/8/08, 7:53 AM , Ron Coy said...

You should put Child's Play up as a charity.

They buy video games and systems for terminally ill kids, and donate them to hospitals. I'm pretty sure they're at the very least secular.

 
On 12/8/08, 9:11 AM , Anonymous said...

You might consider adding The Center for Victims of Torture which:

"... works to heal the wounds of torture on individuals, their families and their communities and to stop torture worldwide."

You can find more information here:

http://www.cvt.org/main.php

 
On 12/8/08, 10:22 AM , Ukulathiest said...

Oxfam has Quaker roots but I would still support this superb organisation.

 
On 12/8/08, 12:00 PM , NotOneGod said...

A helpful list. Thanks for putting it together.

Please add Free Software Foundation
http://www.fsf.org

From the "about" page:
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a 501(c)3 donor supported charity founded in 1985 and based in Boston, MA, USA. The FSF has a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users.

And:
The Free Software Foundation receives the bulk of its funding from thousands of individual donors. Financial information about the Free Software Foundation is available from the independent charity rating organization Charity Navigator. Our tax returns are also available via Guidestar:

I would like to add that Freely licensed and open source software isn't only important for programmers. It is important for anyone that doesn't like adware, spyware and/or malware. Being able to inspect and fix the code makes better software for everyone.

 
On 12/8/08, 3:02 PM , Raytheist said...

the link to DefCon doesn't work but the Wikipedia info says they are "taking a break"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_to_Defend_the_Constitution

 
On 12/8/08, 3:08 PM , Techskeptic said...

hmm... so i see.
Well it'll come off next time. Looks like their funding ran out in 2007.

 
On 12/8/08, 5:19 PM , sphitz said...

Please don't forget the microlending site, kiva!

http://www.kiva.org/

Cheers!

 
On 12/8/08, 5:58 PM , Techskeptic said...

errr...ah....ahem....

its second on the list.

:)

 
On 12/8/08, 7:35 PM , SteveC said...

Nice list! Pretty much every issue you can think of is included- Amazing... There is another one IMO that should be on it also - The Walrus Foundation - A Canadian charity devoted to things Canadian! Quite a great magazine ("The Walrus" of course)and charity.

 
On 12/9/08, 3:01 AM , Kade Azkyroth said...

I'd add Engineers Without Borders, too.

 
On 12/9/08, 5:46 AM , Robin Levett said...

The Rotary Foundation?

http://www.rotary.org/en/AboutUs/TheRotaryFoundation/Pages/ridefault.aspx

(Got here from Pharyngula)

 
On 12/9/08, 5:46 AM , nowise said...

Don't forget about your local NPR station!

 
On 12/9/08, 5:38 PM , Sitakali said...

Survival International—very important secular organisation protecting indigenous peoples. http://www.survival-international.org

 
On 2/13/09, 8:00 AM , Techskeptic said...

Note to self: add operation smile

 
On 4/28/09, 7:20 AM , Anonymous said...

The Freethought Association of Canada
www.freethoughtassociation.ca

(the charity that recently did the Canadian Atheist Bus Campaign)

 
On 7/24/09, 11:07 AM , Anonymous said...

Brilliant resource; thanks for putting this together!

 
On 10/6/09, 4:22 AM , Anonymous said...

As a counselor I would like to find secular organizations that offer financial assistance in emergencies for rent, utilities etc. I often refer to Catholic Charities, Jewish Family Services and the United Way. I would like to offer secular options but do not know of any. The Red Cross tends to be more disaster relief. Thanks for this great list.

 
On 11/17/09, 8:52 PM , Anonymous said...

Thanks for the list! Just reading it is enriching!

 
On 12/14/09, 5:28 PM , Anonymous said...

What about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?

 
On 12/16/09, 9:42 AM , funkotron said...

Harlem Children's Zone? I think your list will be too long if you add them all.

 
On 12/16/09, 9:59 AM , Anonymous said...

I would also add S.H.A.R.E., the Secular Humanist Aid and Relief Effort: http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?section=main&page=SHARE

 
On 12/16/09, 10:06 AM , Techskeptic said...

Note to future self:

was given these by email

The Rationalist Association:
http://newhumanist.org.uk/ra which is a rationalist publisher – producing New Humanist magazine http://newhumanist.org.uk/

and in your children in poor countries
Uganda Humanist Scholl Trust (UK) supporting 3 secular schools in Uganda: http://www.ugandahumanistschoolstrust.org/

 
On 12/16/09, 10:31 AM , Jeremy said...

You need to add the Secular Student Alliance. secularstudents.org

 
On 12/16/09, 10:31 AM , Anonymous said...

United Way is a secular organization, though some of their funding does find its way to religious-based org's

 
On 12/16/09, 10:33 AM , Anonymous said...

I see that you have national freethought organizations such as the Center for Inquiry and the American Humanist Association. I'd recommend the Secular Student Alliance as well (www.secularstudents.org) - they work to organize freethought student groups on high school and college campuses. I've been a supporter for years.

 
On 12/16/09, 10:44 AM , Anonymous said...

You forgot the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), who is in the middle of it's "Season of Reason" fund drive. (http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/jref-news/789-the-season-of-reason.html)

 
On 12/16/09, 10:47 AM , Techskeptic said...

True, I did, but it was mentioned above and will certainly make it into the next version of this list.

 
On 12/16/09, 11:18 AM , Cathy W said...

How 'bout Charity: Water? The founder's statement mentions a Bible verse, but his agenda seems to be "get clean drinking water to people".

Also Share Our Strength, focusing on childhood hunger in the US.

 
On 12/16/09, 11:21 AM , Anonymous said...

How about the Miracle Foundation? That's a great secular charity

 
On 12/16/09, 11:34 AM , Jessika said...

This list is rather good. My problem is that I usually do most of my donations through my employer via Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). (The only exception is Child's Play. It's one of my must donate charities.) There are a ton of religious based charities listed in CFC, including Answers in Genesis and Reasons to Believe, but very few skeptical/atheist based charities.

I think some of them, like JREF, should get listed to receive donations through CFC. I know there are other federal employees who would give! I did a post at my lowly blog about it, and if anyone has some people they know in a non-profit organization, please let them know about CFC.

For next year through CFC, I gave to my local Planned Parenthood, and a cool organization I found called Science Olympiad.

 
On 12/16/09, 11:37 AM , Claire said...

This is a great list! Thanks. Of course, like many others, I'd like to add to the list - Foundation Beyond Belief is launching in January and it actually acts as a site that finds humanistic charities for people to donate too. It picks 10 charities once a quarter to highlight.

http://foundationbeyondbelief.org/node

 
On 12/16/09, 11:40 AM , Anonymous said...

I did not see Save the Children on your list. I believe it is entirely secular (hope so, as I have supported them for years!), and gets high ratings for use of money collected, and the programs it runs.

 
On 12/16/09, 12:12 PM , Aditya Rao said...

One! International

http://www.one-international.com/

 
On 12/16/09, 12:28 PM , Anonymous said...

Don't forget the Canadian Red Cross! The Red Cross does much more than just disaster relief - in my area they offer financial help for housing, support for people who have experienced family violence, life skills/job skills classes, and more.

 
On 12/16/09, 1:03 PM , Anonymous said...

This is a great list. I have been looking for such a list for ages. Thanks a lot for compiling this list.

Btw, if it's not too much trouble, would it be possible to include charities which are tax exempt in the US?

 
On 12/16/09, 1:17 PM , Anonymous said...

most important for choosing the right charity:

http://www.givewell.net/

 
On 12/16/09, 4:28 PM , Anonymous said...

Don't forget Sam Harris' Reason Project! :)

 
On 12/16/09, 4:48 PM , 6p00e54eecd27a8834 said...

Negative Population Growth (NPG), People for the American Way, NORML, The Center for Public Integrity, NAMBLA, League of Women Voters, Death With Dignity Alliance.

 
On 12/16/09, 4:56 PM , Michelle said...

There is also www.womenforwomen.org
which helps women in war torn areas. I could not find any mention of religious affiliation on their site.

I've also donated to RAWA - Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.
www.rawa.org

 
On 12/17/09, 1:31 AM , Anonymous said...

UNICEF ?

ActionAid?

SightSavers ?

 
On 12/17/09, 6:54 AM , Anonymous said...

Atheists Helping the Homeless

http://www.atheistvolunteers.org/

 
On 12/17/09, 6:55 AM , matt said...

Atheists Helping the Homeless

http://www.atheistvolunteers.org/

 
On 12/17/09, 6:56 AM , matt said...

Atheists Helping the Homeless

http://www.atheistvolunteers.org/

 
On 12/17/09, 9:41 AM , Tony said...

A good list of aid/development organization is InterAction.org. It is the largest coalition of U.S.-based humanitarian groups working in the developing world. About 2/3 of the members are secular, some of which you've already included above.

 
On 12/17/09, 9:45 AM , Tony said...

I would also recommend Citizens for Global Solutions, which is often a target of the farthest far-right for their support of global governance institutions. They are currently sponsoring a holiday giving and membership drive.
http://www.globalsolutions.org

 
On 12/17/09, 5:33 PM , Bill Schultz said...

There is also one explicitly atheist charity to help victims of religious violence: Earthward. http://www.earthward.org/

 
On 12/18/09, 4:12 PM , Myk said...

Plan International is another entirely secular charity: http://plan-international.org/

 
On 12/18/09, 8:09 PM , Atheists Helping the Homeless Interview said...

Matt mentioned Atheists Helping the Homeless. There's an audio interview with them in the link.

 
On 12/23/09, 11:47 AM , Anonymous said...

Before you give to any charity you are unsure of or unfamiliar with, regardless of who recommends them, check their status with the state the nonprofit is registered in.
There should be a current "active" status with no pending dissolution notice and all board should be available for viewing.
Transparancy is key.
Also check with the BBB.
When we donate, we have the best intentions, please make sure your money is going to a cause you want it to go to. Do your homework and due dilligence.

 
On 12/28/09, 4:55 PM , irishlight said...

I'm not adding a specific charity, but putting in a plug for the arts. Performing, visual or literary arts, they help educate the young, improve quality of life and contribute to the economy. The arts give amusement, entertainment, social commentary, and/or cause for thought. Community music or theater, local galleries, public readings, all need support. Some may have religious connections or overtones, but many don't. Choose what speaks to you.

 
On 1/14/10, 6:43 PM , Anonymous said...

Thanks for the useful info!

 
On 2/15/10, 3:06 AM , Pavan sharma said...

Should a doctor be allowed to pick and choose his patients, then?”. A lawyer could not be similar to a doctor, since a lawyer may choose who he/she wishes to fight its cases on. When a victim of crime meets with a lawyer and explains he/shes case, the lawyer right than has a choice, in saying he/she is right and his justice when against law. A lawyer even has a choice, by saying i believe he/shes client is injustice to law, and still may fight a case going with the client, saying he/she is serving justice to law. This makes the case gradually harder, so basically lawyers have an opportunity to choose clients.

law directory

 
On 3/8/10, 9:12 AM , Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this list.
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The Atheist Perspective

 
On 3/19/10, 1:30 PM , Anonymous said...

Atheists are people with no moralities of their own. They cotton onto that of one group or another. There are Catholics who are practical atheists, which is not much different from atheists who generally follow a Catholic moral code. Neither thinks of God as a person but as a concept.

 
On 4/22/10, 9:33 PM , Terry Stone said...

I think there is another aspect of this discussion and is the power that the religious community has by virtue of "passing the plate." They decide who gets the money, what values are supported, and usually with very little input from those who drop in their dollars.

Because of this imbalance, The Foundation Beyond Belief (foundationbeyondbelief.org) was created. It is a site where atheist, humanists, nonbelievers make donations to charities that are selected because their world view is in tune with ours. New charities are selected every quarter and members are asked to help choose them.

This a new idea and we're looking for ideas and help spreading the word.

 
On 6/19/10, 2:47 AM , Tertia said...

International Rescue Committee

 
On 7/18/10, 11:43 AM , Aristarchus said...

Unitarian Universalism isn't atheism, and I'm pretty sad to see it listed here, especially under the "promoting atheism" category. It's an extremely tolerant denomination that leaves your choice of spirituality up to you, but it calls itself a "church" and a "religion" and claims to be a Protestant denomination. A lot of Unitarians are basically atheists, but they generally don't say it very clearly, and they increase the societal perception that good people are religious. They also promote an extremely broad idea of "tolerance" that not only teaches respect for others and religious freedom, but also prevents it from being acceptable to point out the lack of evidence for religion and to argue against believing in it.

 
On 7/18/10, 1:27 PM , Techskeptic said...

To some degree I agree with you. But what about this? Can I list it?

http://firstchurchofatheism.com/

it also calls itself a church, is it allowed? That said, i do agree with you and will probably remove it in the next update.

 
On 9/6/10, 3:02 PM , Sildenafil said...

I think that there should not be a special season of giving, we can give whenever we feel it and it is also rewarding, well maybe more rewarding when someone doesn't ask you to give because the desire of giving came from your heart. Both ways are good deeds!

 
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On 11/24/10, 12:05 AM , Dosage said...

There should be a current "active" status with no pending dissolution notice and all board should be available for viewing.

 
On 12/21/10, 9:50 PM , Anonymous said...

Broken Link on Atheist Charities page:

http://www.defconamerica.org/

Domain is for sale and the Religious Right link brings in Fundamentalist Christian sponsored web pages.

 
On 12/22/10, 2:42 AM , David Morning said...

http://www.childsplaycharity.org/ is always a good option, buying games for sick children to play while in hospital (board games, card games, video games, etc)

 
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I was going to do this for our secular meetup, but hadn't completed my list yet. Now I don't have to! Thanks

 
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On 12/22/10, 3:30 PM , Anonymous said...

Reporters Sans Frontiers [http://www.rsf.org/]

 
On 12/26/10, 9:30 AM , Jon Claerbout said...

Pedals for Progress
http://www.p4p.org/
Ship used bicycles to the third world from America.

 
On 12/27/10, 6:00 PM , Anonymous said...

no animal charities?

 
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Unitarian Universalism isn't atheism, and I'm pretty sad to see it listed here, especially under the "promoting atheism" category

 
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