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AA028213Asking for money is not a strength of mine. My allowance stayed put for about seven years when I was a kid because I never thought to ask for more. So it’s no surprise that my least favorite part of heading up a non-profit is asking those who support its mission to help keep us going financially.

Yet here I am…and there you are.


The expenses incurred in running Foundation Beyond Belief are not huge, but they are a decidedly positive number. One hundred percent of our member contributions goes straight to our featured beneficiaries. But before the checks can go out, we have to assess and select the charities and present them to the membership. We’ve created a unique website to showcase their work, to allow our members to distribute their donations as they wish, and to provide a distinctive voice for humanists in the philanthropic community.

That’s what you see in front of the curtain.

Behind it, there’s a tremendous amount of sawing and drilling going on. In addition to assessing nearly 100 new nominated charities each quarter, we have communications with members and beneficiaries, professional web design and maintenance for a complex site, bookkeeping, grant writing, publicity, tax preparation, web hosting, and ever so much more. To pay for all that, we rely on the generosity of our friends — those who believe that what we’re doing has real value.

We’re 60 percent of the way through our year-end fund drive but only 22 percent to the amount needed to finish the year in the black. Our sincere thanks go out to those of you who’ve brought us this far.

Now we need all the rest of y’all. No, really. Don’t make the puppy sad.

IF you think the Foundation is a worthwhile project AND you can help us out, please consider clicking on the big orange button in the pretty blue widget in the sidebar of this humble blog. Thanks!


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Dale McGowan is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and Atheism for Dummies. He holds a BA in evolutionary anthropology and a PhD in music.