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1 Giving for the Godless Agnostic Aid Pastafarian Philanthropy Heathens Helping Rational Relief Or how I learned to stop worrying and donate to a good charity

2 Some Numbers 35% of all donations (100 Billion dollars) goes to churches * Religious people are 25% more likely to donate money than secularists are ** Why is that? – Not many good secular charities – Strong social pressure to donate in a church – Nothing like the fear of hell to open that wallet * **

3 The Problem I want to give money to charities, but not churches Lots of churches disguise as charities Some religious charities are good, many use money for proselytizing

4 My Goal Educate on the good and bad ugly of religious charities Provide secular alternatives Give a few tools for giving

5 Comic Relief

6 Bad Example: Catholic Charities Illinois: closed foster care service rather than adopt to gay couple DC: Canceled health benefits for employees rather than give them to gay couples Thwarted contraception world wide adding to AIDS problem Charity as political weapon

7 OK Example: Salvation Army The Good Disaster relief Food drives Toy drives Thrift stores The Bad It is a church Multiple tangles with anti- homosexual practices Threw away Harry Potter toys in CA drive Secular Alternative: Goodwill Open hiring practices No history of discrimination

8 Good Example! Foundation Beyond Belief They pick and focus on 5 charities a quarter – Education, Poverty and Health, Human Rights, Natural World, Challenge the gap – Challenge the gap works with other religious charities they deem quality Initial positive research on their charities of choice One time or regular donations Foundationbeyondbelief.org

9 OH NOES Disaster! So a disaster happens and you want to help Give money not stuff American Red Cross – Some efficiency and transparency problems Doctors without Borders

10 Comic Relief #2

11 Also Interesting Kiva: a hand up, not a hand out Start with as little as $25 and loan to someone starting a business Most common loans to African women for hundreds to a few thousand dollars Agencies go to the people and vet their ideas Money goes from Kiva to Agencies to People Loans are slowly paid back

12 Kiva Criticism: because failure causes full loss, interest can be high – No chicken repo company You get your money back to reinvest You can join a team to talk or strategize Atheists kicking Christian ass!

13 Tools Charities always have a website, check the about section – Some references to doing “God’s work” are a dead giveaway Check Charity Watch * – They rate charities based mostly on monetary efficiency Eg. Do they spend most of your donation on marketing? Also check Charity Navigator ** – Fancier version of charity watch – They rate financial health and transparency as well Lastly look on Wikipedia for controversy or issues * **

14 Questions


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