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Causes: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Minority Rights

Mission: The mission of the American Humanist Association is to be a clear, democratic voice for Humanism in the United States, to increase public awareness and acceptance of Humanism, to establish, protect and promote the position of Humanists in our society, and to develop and advance Humanist thought and action.

Programs: In addition to being vocal on issues of major concern and reaching out to media and opinion leaders, the American Humanist Association is the leader in developing the ever-evolving lifestance of Humanism. AHA gets the word out about Humanism through a variety of publications including the Humanist Magazine, Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, and new iterations of the Humanist Manifesto. AHA is also involved in political action coalitions and promotes grassroots activism. The AHA also actively participates in litigation through the Appignani Humanist Legal Center and trains Humanist Celebrants through the Humanist Society.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

The American Humanist Association has done a tremendous job supporting us as a distant Chapter. Despite our distance, we know that they are always just a friendly phone call away. They have provided our organization with opportunities to apply for grants that have been instrumental to our organization's success. The AHA also does a great job in representing the nonreligious on a number of fronts. They have always been attentive to both our needs and ideas and help us feel connected to other nonreligious people and organizations across the nation. We are extremely grateful for their expertise, support and voice. Without the AHA it would have been much more difficult for our organization to have connected with all of our wonderful volunteers and members who have now forged a community, carry out routine volunteer activities, adventure together and care deeply for one another.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had nothing but positive interactions with the American Humanist Association. They have helped provide our group with informational pamphlets, pins, and pens to hand out in our local community where we are trying hard to make humanism understood and let nonbelievers know they are not alone in our very religious state. They are a beacon of light in a very dark world right now.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This orgs. mission to me is to help people navigate life in a natural world. To help humans find their way in a maze of dark age left overs that still purport a super view. I have been a supporter of this organization for many years and will continue to support it because it is sincere and forthright in all it's positions.

August B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Many years ago when I was twelve years old, I discovered a copy of the Humanist magazine in my public library.

Even though I was a bit young to really appreciate all it had to offer, it opened my eyes to the fact that serious people found morality and meaning in their lives without belief in the supernatural. This realization, and my continued involvement with the Humanist Magazine, have shaped my life in huge and positive ways.

I now work as a professional humanist/atheist (for a different organization) and couldn't be happier with that choice in general and the AHA's contributions to society.

1 Arthur J.


Rating: 5

I have been active in AHA since learning about it in 1962. I have been pleased to see it grow from a 4-5,000 membership for its first several decades to over 20,000 today with a growth curve promising expanding growth as it expands programs, outreach and organizational structure.

For me its moral focus is what the world needs to move out of all the ruts and destructive patterns that have been with humanity up to this time.

Review from Guidestar