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Freedom From Religion, Inc.

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Causes: Censorship, Freedom of Speech & Press, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Religion

Mission: To keep church and state separateand to educate the public about nontheism

Programs: Lawsuits challenging entanglement of religion and government,government endorsement or promotion of religion. Ffrf had 10 ongoing lawsuits at the close of 2014, including 2 new lawsuits filed in 2014, and successfully settled three lawsuits. Ffrf maintained 5 staff attorneys, 1 legal fellow, 1 legal publicist and a total of 7 legal interns. Staff attorneys wrote 1,054 formal letters of complaint, ending over 210 state/church violations without going to court, which is ffrf's goal. They researched and responded to more than 3,000 requests for information or help about first amendment violations.

educational events, convention, meetings, media appearances, speeches, debates, travel, and awards. Ffrf recognized achievements in promoting freethought and state/church separation at national convention with more than 500 participants, as well as a raleigh regional convention with about 200. Offered freethought programming with noted speakers without cost and spoke at more than 50 public events in about 25 states and 2 foreign countries, including more than 30 campus appearances, including 6 debates. Was interviewed for more than 1,100 news articles, tv, and radio. Sent out 57 alerts related to freethought or state/church separation and 162 news releases about ffrf activities. Gave $31,350 in cash scholarships to 48 students in 3 separate essay competitions(college-bound high school seniors; ongoing college; grad students) plus $11,000 in 9 other youth activist awards, and several other awards for special achievement.

publishing, broadcasting, and educational outreach. Published 10 issues of 24-page newspaper; 2 issues of private line membership newsletter; broadcast 52 weekly editions of freethought radio, plus podcasts reaching 700,000 annually including ffrf activism reports and prominent guests; maintained major educational website with news updates, daily calendar, legal and freethought faqs and resources, forum, facebook, and twitter; distributed ffrf-published books and educational products promoting its missions; undertook several major educational advertising campaigns , personalized "out of the closet" billboards featuring ffrf members, and other billboard campaigns. Placed several full-page ads in the new york times, a monthly one-third page educational ad in scientific american, and debuted a 30-second tv spot by ron reagan on primetime tv.

operation of freethought hall in madison, wi and lake hypatia, al,maintenance of library for members' use, and chapter rebates

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

FFRF does more with my dollars than any other organization I know. Their advocacy for non-theists is tireless. I am comforted to know they are working on these issues, even when my own energies flag.

Comments ( 1 )

Charles Darwin Thank you so much for this amazing review. Our founder, Anne Nicol Gaylor, worked tirelessly to stretch every dollar donated to our organization. We will continue to work on state/church issues both large and small.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an organization that helps guide others that might need clarification and help in organizing their own efforts to uphold the Constitution. I live in East Texas and supporting minorities that want to be free from religious dogma is very difficult. I regularly use the articles and information from FFRF to organize my own efforts. I had a local problem school/religion issue that they helped clarify and I am now working on another, "In God We Trust" that showed up on my city's police cars this month. I lived through a religious over throw of a government and am acutely aware of the danger of religious dogma in large letters over our law enforcement cars. The most important thing the FFRF does for me is let me know that I am not alone out here. Smart, sharp organized people are working hard helping anyone who wants to stand up. We must stand up or the United States will not be a place we can be safe and proud.

Donor

Rating: 5

FFRF is an organization that gives a voice to me as someone who is marginalized due his minority beliefs.

John424

Donor

Rating: 5

I think that they are a hugely important and influential organization. They continually strive to promote the separation of church and state. I donate as much as I can to them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Honest and candid. They use their dollars appropriately and sparingly.

Donor

Rating: 5

FFRF works tirelessly to maintain separation of church and state and wisely utilizes the funds that individuals like us donate to them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Bible based organization teach their members to discriminate against people that don't fit their belief system hence all the discrimination toward people and all the wars. People don't chose to be black or white or be from a particular country or LGBT.

It is very simple all people should be RESPECTED not demonized because they are different.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

it is reassuring to me that those of us who believe that religion and politics should remain separate have a voice & presence in this diverse society. I salute their dedication to this important work in the face of rabid persecution from the 'religious right'.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My personal freedoms are jeopardized by any organization that seeks to legislate their ''personally'' held religious beliefs into a secular society. We need FFRF now more than ever.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FFRF does excellent and very necessary work. I have never known them to be frivolous or wasteful.

Donor

Rating: 5

FFRF is a consistent and voracious in their mission to educate the world on the ideals of critical thought and secularism, and more importantly to promote and help enforce the separation of church and state. As a long time donor I have no reservations that they are 100% representative of and dedicated to their stated mission. We as a nation would do well to use them as a model for all non-profits.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Freedom From Religion Foundation works very hard, spends it's money and energy wisely, and keeps it's members informed on an almost daily basis. They are honorable people doing very important work and their salaries are reasonable, if not low. My only regret is that I can't afford to give more!

Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit always keeps me in the loop with their latest efforts, struggles that are pertinent to my way of life, and progress with court cases across the country.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very responsible with their money and they stay true to their mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is highly effective in carrying out its mission and in communicating with members and supporters. It has an excellent newsletter, frequent email reports and many national and local events. Highly recommended.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in El Paso County CO. It's about as red state and religious as it gets...in a blue site. Focus on the Family and New Life Church are here. We elected Doug Lamborn and Gordon Klingenschmitt to office. FFRF remains a presence here countering the religious zealots that poison ideas like live and let live. Schools are scrutinized and people like Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church were met with a huge protest where FFRF was definitely in evidence. It feels a little safer here with such a presence.

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Donor

Rating: 5

FFRF is a wonderful organization fighting for the separation of church and state in the United States. I am grateful that FFRF is a national voice for those like me who are not religious. They fight abuses of religious power and publicize that there are many atheist/agnostic/freethinking people in the country. They also sell many publications on these topics and have radio programs and emailed information about current and historical topics.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a member of The Freedom From Religion Foundation since January of 1983. Right from the beginning I knew I had found a "home"; a place where I could be open about my atheism.
Living in a small community of mostly white Christian conservatives; the same village I had been born into, I thought nobody else in the world was a non-believer --- until I started college! Imagine my relief to find a copy of a humanist magazine in the college library one day, discovering that there were at least tens of thousands of folks like me!
Today I live in a rural Amish area. I feel more at home here than I ever did in the community in which I was raised. These folks are very religious, but not one of them has ever proselytized or made me feel unwelcome. If all Christians were as Christian as my Amish neighbors, what a wonderful world this would be. (Thank you, Sam Cooke.)
The day my copy of the FFRF's "Freethought Today" newspaper arrives is usually the brightest day of the month for me, and I read it cover to cover the day it hits my mailbox.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I contribute to only a few charities and consider FFRF to be the best. They have constant feedback on all of their activities and have a well run organization that focuses on their stated goal of protecting the first amendment's separation of church and state clause and do not run off on some wild goose chase pursuing other activities. WAY TO GO!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization translates their funding into direct action, advocating for a secular government, and if necessary, taking cases to court to assure the wall of separation between government and religion, guaranteed by the First Amendment. They regularly update their members and contributors about their efforts, and about threats to our rights that should be of concern.

1 Rudi C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

More now than ever,we need Fredom From Religion...