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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

139 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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best. I look forward to receiving their newspaper "Freethought Today" every month. I try to attend their annual convention every year.

2 Triangle South L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does important work to bolster the First Amendment, keeping the separation between church and state. You don't have to be an atheist or agnostic to appreciate why our Founding Fathers declared the USA to be a secular nation. They ensure that it is kept that way!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization and great staff dedicated to the fight of separation of church and state. Happy to be a member from Cascadia!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so happy with my decision to join FFRF two years ago. In fact, FFRF automatically gets paid every time I purchase something through AmazonSmile...in addition to the yearly member dues I gladly give them. They are the most aggressive free thought group that I'm aware of...and they are going to be needed more than ever in the coming years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Freedom From Religion, Inc. provides me with daily inspiration of love, tolerance and peace...a lifeboat in a sea of fear, hate and religious intolerance. It has provided me with the educational tools to help dampen the political storm and division around me. With the exception of my family's love, that is about as good as it gets.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have found this organization to be quick to respond to my inquiries and do a great job fulfilling their stated purpose.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love these guys they work really hard to help make a difference I am proud to be a member .