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06-12-2012, 09:02 AM
Secular Charities
Are there any?

They all seem to be religion based...

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06-12-2012, 09:05 AM
RE: Secular Charities
Doctors without borders?

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06-12-2012, 09:06 AM
RE: Secular Charities
There is also a charity that Seth (TTA editor) donated too and has talked about that gives clean water to those that need it in 3rd world countries. Anyone remember the name of that?

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06-12-2012, 09:35 AM
RE: Secular Charities
UNICEF is not religious. I tend to use them, because sometimes it's difficult to be sure about who's actually behind it.

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06-12-2012, 09:35 AM
RE: Secular Charities
http://freethoughtpedia.com/wiki/Secular_charities



EDIT: I'm surprised to see Goodwill Industries on the list. I thought they were religious based. Go figure.

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06-12-2012, 09:41 AM
RE: Secular Charities
(06-12-2012 09:35 AM)Erxomai Wrote:  http://freethoughtpedia.com/wiki/Secular_charities



EDIT: I'm surprised to see Goodwill Industries on the list. I thought they were religious based. Go figure.


Way cool. I assume all the animal charities are secular too, other than St. Francis of Assisi I doubt anyone preaches to the pooches.

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06-12-2012, 09:49 AM
RE: Secular Charities
(06-12-2012 09:41 AM)Dom Wrote:  
(06-12-2012 09:35 AM)Erxomai Wrote:  http://freethoughtpedia.com/wiki/Secular_charities



EDIT: I'm surprised to see Goodwill Industries on the list. I thought they were religious based. Go figure.


Way cool. I assume all the animal charities are secular too, other than St. Francis of Assisi I doubt anyone preaches to the pooches.
Yeah, good call. The Humane Society and/or local pet shelters would be a good cause.

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28-01-2013, 08:07 AM
RE: Secular Charities
There are secular charities out there but many of their boards or staff are of a particular religious persuasion and this
may impact the running of the organisation. Working in the field, I can attest to how difficult it is to obtain
funding for a totally secular organisation in a world where so many donors want
to see Christianity (or Islam) reflected in the running of charity organisations.
Personally I run a charity with a board comprising 2 atheists, an agnostic, a
Muslim and 2 Christians in a town full of Christian missionaries in Africa and it is a real battle to keep secular values as a
priority, and even harder to get donations when there are so many religious
charities doing the same sort of work competing against us. Drinking Beverage
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28-01-2013, 09:39 AM
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(28-01-2013 08:07 AM)Incredulous Wrote:  There are secular charities out there but many of their boards or staff are of a particular religious persuasion and this
may impact the running of the organisation. Working in the field, I can attest to how difficult it is to obtain
funding for a totally secular organisation in a world where so many donors want
to see Christianity (or Islam) reflected in the running of charity organisations.
Personally I run a charity with a board comprising 2 atheists, an agnostic, a
Muslim and 2 Christians in a town full of Christian missionaries in Africa and it is a real battle to keep secular values as a
priority, and even harder to get donations when there are so many religious
charities doing the same sort of work competing against us. Drinking Beverage


How about doing something different? Look for a niche not being served by the religious charities.

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28-01-2013, 10:35 PM (This post was last modified: 28-01-2013 10:39 PM by Near.)
RE: Secular Charities
Charities and Aid Groups, Secular and Atheist:


Amnesty International
Medicines Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders
Donors Choose
Engineers Without Borders (Similar to MSF, but they help provide clean water, sanitation and electricity)
Foundation Beyond Belief
Goodwill
Kiva (There are other micro-loan websites, but I am only familiar with this one. I am a member of the main Atheist team there)
Oxfam
Nature Conservancy
Population Connection
Rotary
Seed Foundation
Union of Concerned Scientists
UNICEF
Wheelchair Foundation




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