Want to donate to a worthy cause and ensure that your funds won’t be used to further the agenda of a religious organization? Looking for an easy way to give money to groups that are hand-selected by a team of intelligent, caring humanists? Would you like to go to just one place to check out a different set of charities to donate to each quarter?
If so, then look no further than Foundation Beyond Belief. The organization was founded by Dale McGowan who has edited and authored books on nonreligious parenting and other subjects. In 2008, he was named Harvard Humanist of the Year by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University. Two of his books are Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers.
Foundation Beyond Belief is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation created to focus, encourage, and demonstrate humanist generosity and compassion. Each quarter, FBB offers its members five organizations to which they can donate funds that cover five causes: education, poverty and health, human rights, the “natural world,” and “challenge the gap.” Watch this video to learn more. This last category, “challenge the gap,” offers humanists a way to give to progressive, faith organizations that promise positive change without proselytizing.
I am pleased to say that this quarter, my nonprofit the Child-Friendly Faith Project was selected for this category. The mission of the CFFP is to end child abuse and neglect that is enabled by religious belief and other ideologies. We do this by educating clergy, religious administrators, and professionals who affect children’s lives, such as social workers, law enforcement, and teachers.
Last year, we held our first conference where audiences heard from some of the country’s foremost experts on children’s issues. Currently, we are developing a unique program that supports faith communities in their efforts to not only improve abuse prevention policies but examine how they teach faith to children in light of what we understand about healthy child development.
Janet Heimlich is a former freelance reporter for National Public Radio, the author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Childmaltreatment, and the founder and president of the Child-Friendly Faith Project.