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Secular Party QLD Message Board › Secular philanthropy

Secular philanthropy

Beryl T.
Berylvt
Brisbane, AU
Post #: 99
Yesterday at the meetup there was some discussion about secular charities. Here are a couple of links to the ones We discussed.

1. Kiva is a microfinance organisation. In Kiva you can make small loans (as little as $25) to poor people in the worlds poorest countries. These people do not have access to banks or loans except from money lenders, at very high interest rates. This perpetuates the poverty trap.
Kiva has an Atheist, Freethinkers, Sceptics etc team, and this team is the largest team on Kiva by far! Don't forget to join it if you decide to join Kiva.
Www.kiva.org

2. Foundation Beyond Belief -Australia. This is an Atheist charity which started in USA but is now starting up in Australia. They don't have their own web site, but are part of the American site. They do have a Facebook page.
http://www.facebook.c...­

Anne R.
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Group Organizer
Brisbane, AU
Post #: 12
How about we put a Secular Party team in the Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run on September 1 to raise money for a secular charity? Secular Party t-shirts have been printed for the election campaign so we could use same for the run.
A former member
Post #: 3
I give a monthly donation to Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Personally I think it would be good as membership policy to *require* donation to a secular charity. At the moment, membership in the party is free, and some people have suggested having a yearly member registration; which on the whole most people I think agree is not a good idea, since we need to recruit more members.

Instead, if our official membership signup form said something like "While many political parties require yearly registration fees of $x, the secular party encourages its members instead to support any of the listed secular charities <link>."

That may have the effect of loosening the purse-strings enough that people may be more willing to part with what they can afford for the party anyway, and if may also be a novel enough gimmick that it gets a media mention.

What do you think?

A former member
Post #: 9
From memory it was Frank (non-SPA member, lapsed Democrat, regular at our meetings) who pointed out these guys, who seem interesting, though they're in Uganda.

http://kasesehumanist...­


A former member
Post #: 10
I'll also point out these guys, who are excellent:

http://www.givedirect...­

There is a long audo file that is worth listening to (just the first half is relevant):

http://www.thisameric...­
A former member
Post #: 11
A former member
Post #: 16
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