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Freedom From Religion, Inc.

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

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

128 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.

1 Jon P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love the work they do! This is so important, protecting our constitution

1 Cheryl K.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned about FFRF 10 years ago. I was so impressed with the effectiveness of this organization that I immediately donated and became a member. I believe in this organization so strongly that I have become increasingly involved over the years. This is a top notch organization, extremely well run, amazingly effective and they have an exceptionally talented staff. Their legal work to promote the constitutional principle of separation of state and church is impressive year after year. FFRF has grown dramatically and yet they continue to maintain excellence across the board – very impressive. I cannot say enough positive things about this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FFRF is the most effective organization to support the views of non-theists and, thus, respecting the wall of separation between state and church, as Thomas Jefferson introduced in the founding of this nation.

2 Todd P.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation) is an awesome organization. This non-profit corrects church/state separation problems across the United States, responding to citizens who complain about violations in their own communities. This organization is the height of efficiency. What impresses me the most is how much work they get done and the speed at which they work. They respond almost immediately to any request that is submitted regarding a state/church separation issue. The lawyers get right to work and many times the issue is corrected immediately with just a friendly letter but if needed the FFRF is ready to take legal action in court. All this is done while keeping costs of running the organization low. They are also involved in charitable giving around the world. I really appreciate all the work and effort put forth by the staff and volunteers of this great organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a member and supporter of the FFRF for many years. And while I have also held memberships with various secular, atheist, and humanist organizations, no organization does as much as the FFRF to fight for the Constitutional separation of church and State and promote normalcy for nonbelievers. At the same time, their leadership models kindness and generosity toward the victims of religious extremism, and they reach out a helping hand to activists around the world who risk their lives to support our shared freethought values.

Their excellent attorneys, staff, and volunteers work tirelessly for reason and against superstition and religious scams of all kinds. They are very frugal with their expenditures and I feel that by donating to them, I am getting more bang for my buck than anywhere else.
Kudos to the FFRF!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a longtime supporter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, I never cease to be amazed by their untiring work to maintain a clear separation of church and state in government and public life. Not surprisingly, their efforts to make sure that public officials respect the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution, which not only forbids the government from establishing an official religion, but also prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another, generate a lot of angry mail and sometimes threats from people who mistakenly believe that America is simply a Christian nation, which it is not. I've also been impressed by how efficiently the organization is run, and how effective it has been in its work. Not surprisingly, the FFRF receives a well-deserved four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m a former devout Mormon. I would like to see more secular friendly businesses around here. My area here in Clinton, Utah declined having a Chili’s business come to town because they served alcohol in a bar. So now we have only one restauraunt, a Chinese place not allowed to serve alcohol. Can we change this?

2 advocators

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello FFRI Members im Marx i live here in the Philippines,I was an atheist activist i was promoting and advocating Freedom from Religion and separation of Church and states i advocate Atheism here in our University and our city,even its was very scary because of the Threat of this Religious Christian rebels and Isis Terrorist Fanatics in our Land in Mindanao.I was still promoting it because i hope someday the People will learn and understand Science.You can contact me here :( polodakomarxco@gmail.com ) or help my Atheist Advocacy to reach to our people.I need financial help to boost our Freedom from Religion.

1 Rigel R.

Donor

Rating: 5

The most important amendment is the first. It protects everybody's freedom to think and speak for themselves. They do a fantastic job of protecting this amendment and these rights which are under attack now. These attacks have to be countered now before it's too late and we're fighting from a very disadvantaged position!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my young adulthood I was a fifth-generation Baptist minister. I saw the light that religion was all man-made and that there was no supernatural being in charge of the universe. I left religious ministry, went back to graduate school to become a PhD of Clinical Psychology. I joined FFRF many years ago and have found this non-profit to be incredibly well-run and helpful in separation of church and state. This organization does a great job in a most important realm -- we are a secular nation, not a religious one. Everyone is free to believe or not believe as he or she sees fit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FFRF does exactly what they say they'll do. I know that evfery dollar I give them will be used just the way they promise.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

A terrific organization that is fighting the good fight to maintain separation between church and state in the United States.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

--One of the finest protectors of the United States Constitution with its emphasis on the separation of state and church. Professional, ethical and exact with its analysis of the guaranteed protections due citizens from undue religious self-righteousness, FFRF captures the essence of constitutional protections.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Freedom From Religion Foundation may well be said to be among the most patriotic of organizations, for its utter determination to uphold the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, keeping State and Church SEPARATE. In so doing, it aids in leveling the playing field for ALL religious practitioners, as well as for those of us who practice NO religion. I personally feel myself privileged to have been able to work with Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor in assisting with their efforts, through the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.

These are good people doing good work, full stop.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non profit focuses on an underserved minority in America with detailed attention and a respect for the values in our Constitution. Not only do they prevent abuses of the first amendment, they educate others on its importance. Hoensty and integrity are promoted across the country by this wonderful group.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard about FFRF in 2007 after which I subscribed to the monthly magazine/newsletter. I joined shortly thereafter and subsequently became a lifetime member. I especially admire the courage and commitment of the staff in confronting public officials for their violations of the 1st Amendment. I thought that the Supreme Court decision in the early 60s that deemed school prayer to be against church-state separation had essentially solved that problem, but FFRF's constant vigilance has revealed the ways that religious individuals and groups work hard to impose their beliefs on everyone else. Keep up the good work; you have my support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I find Freethought Today to be a refreshing change from the constant pro-belief attitude so prevalent here in Texas. FFRF fights for the acceptance of non-believers as equal citizens and to not have other's religions shoved in our faces as if that is their right.

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Donor

Rating: 5

FFRF is critical to upholding the Constitution in its clea separation of church and state. We are not to be a theocracy. We are a diverse nation of multiple faiths and secular spiritual choices. I applaud FFRF for its courage and support them wholeheartedly!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unabashed champion of the rights of non-believers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping to keep religion out of politics and making the public aware there is a sizable number of people who dont believe in popular myths and superstitions.