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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

120 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.

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.

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unabashed champion of the rights of non-believers.

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

For a small non-profit, FFRF makes tremendous strides in keeping our religious freedoms free, for all of us. If you care about our Constitution and what should be our secular Republic, Freedom From Religion Foundation is at the top of the list.

Franklin E.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization for Atheists who believe strongly in the separation of church and state! Great people run the organization, and they do great work in our Communities!

Donor

Rating: 5

Very pleased with how much each dollar I contribute gets used to fight for the separation of church and state! I am regularly communicated with on what projects are being worked on and their status and outcomes. Well worth every penny!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic Organization! The only real choice for freethinkers everywhere!

Donor

Rating: 5

They are upholding the Constitution of the United States and trying to keep church and state separate like our founding Fathers intended. They are NOT trying to take anybodys right to pray and worship away, as the religious right would have you think. We just want a fair country for all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had nothing but wonderful interactions with this group.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FFRF tells the truth! They deal with facts, not beliefs or rumors. The fact that our political and governmental officials need to have their feet held to the fire goes without question. The ability and the tenacity of FFRF to fight for our constitutional rights should be held in highest regards. Truly a professional and dedicated team. Outstanding role models, that are needed so badly at this time, for all in this nation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I enjoy learning the news that keeps them active. People violating the supreme law of the U.S., the Constitution of the United States of America and how the Freedom From Religion Foundation sets them straight. And if they have no concern for the letter FFRF sent, FFRF will take them to court to get them to comply with the law of the land. Separation of church and state.