Foundation Beyond Belief Australia will be a charitable fund created to focus, encourage and demonstrate the generosity and compassion of secular humanists in Australia. We will select and feature five charitable organizations per quarter, one in each of the following cause areas:
- Poverty and Health
- Human Rights
- The Natural World
- Challenge the Gap (charities based in other worldviews)
Members will join FBB Australia by signing up for a monthly automatic donation in the amount of their choice, then set up personal profiles to indicate how they would like their contribution distributed among the five categories.
Active members will be able to advocate for causes and help us choose the new beneficiaries each quarter. We will also host a blog focused on humanism, philanthropy, and the intersection of the two.
Carefully selected for impact and efficiency, our featured beneficiaries will be secular organizations with the exception of Challenge the Gap, which will feature non-proselytizing organizations based in other worldviews that are doing brilliant work for the common good. At the end of each quarter, all donations will be forwarded, no percentage will be retained, and a new slate of beneficiaries selected.
The Foundation will also sponsor Volunteers Beyond Belief, a network of humanist volunteer teams throughout Australia, and Humanist Crisis Response, raising funds and awareness for major humanitarian crises worldwide.
“In a world full of “ists”, socialist, communist, rightist, leftist, fascist, feminist, anarchist, etc. etc., the only one that makes any sense at my stage of life is humanist…….”
Eric Bogle – Songwriter, Serial House Renovator, 2001 Australian Humanist of the Year
“This is a great idea, just what Australia needs right now.”
Julian Burnside – Barrister, Human Rights and Refugee Advocate, Author and 2009 Australian Humanist of the Year
“It’s fantastic to see this proudly atheist and humanist organisation in Australia directly contribute to worthy causes around the world.”
Tanya Smith – President, Atheist Alliance International
“An Australian organisation with the mandate of Beyond Belief is well overdue. People of faith have always been equally committed to helping the poor and sick, and making the world a better place. Now we can be confident that we are donating to organisations without any agenda other than helping the vulnerable on the ground.”
Dr Leslie Cannold – novelist, ethicist, 2011 Australian Humanist of the Year
“It is good that humanists not only do good, but are seen to do good.”
John L Perkins – Secular Party of Australia
“The world is full of religious charities and this is such a great positive step for promoting and practicing secularism in the charitable sector.”
Fiona Patten – The Australian Sex Party