Grant Rants

I get feedback: Atheists don’t give to charity edition, part 2

- October 22nd, 2012

Greetings web denizens, heathens, zealots and the rest of you!

So following up to part one of getting feedback on my latest Grant Rant, I did get emails from atheists who said, yes, organizing atheists is sometimes a challenge for charity and it’s an issue in the community, BUT it is happening.

By way of a for instance, take the B.C. Humanists which is raising money for cancer research and treatment. It’s good stuff. Check them out:

In a recent column [18 Oct 2012, Mere atheism isn't enough -- help your community] Grant LaFleche expressed a common frustration among atheist and Humanist organizations, that we keep getting beat at charity by the religious. Luckily, things are changing fast.

The Foundation Beyond Belief is a young American charity that is coordinating giving among non-believers. They have over 1200 donors and a network of over 2000 volunteers that are good without god.

Their current campaign has raised over $300,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Their goal is to raise $500,000, every dollar of which will be matched by The Stiefel Foundation. Here in Vancouver, members of the BC Humanist Association have raised over $3,500.

As the freethought community grows, it’s only a matter of time until we are able to match the capacity for giving that traditional religions have. Please join and support your local atheist or Humanist group today.

Ian Bushfield
Executive Director
BC Humanist Association
http://bchumanist.ca

 

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