My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Freedom From Religion, Inc., Madison, WI, USA
FFRF has been an invaluable ally and asset to our local freethought community here in SE Wisconsin. On two separate occasions, FFRF lawyers have written letters in response to violations of the establishment clause in our towns. Both times were efficient and effective, with a very short response time.
In 2017, a teacher in the public school district festooned her classroom with bible quotes and other Christian propaganda. After many complaints and lengthy meetings with the principal failed to convince the school to remove the material, FFRF lawyers drafted a letter challenging the constitutionality of the displays and demanding their removal. The resulting investigation by the school district resulted in a sweep of all schools and the eventual removal of the offending material.
More recently, the Racine, WI county government was discovered to have been awarding $50,000 annually to an Evangelical Christian nonprofit called Youth For Christ, in the form of a community and cultural grant. Similarly, the obvious nature of this violation prompted a letter from the lawyers at FFRF. Although the facts of the letter were denied by the county, the grant subsequently disappeared from the next budget, due to fiscal shortfalls.
FFRF is well run on a rarely seen level. Beside their legal support, they are extremely available to aid local chapters and members, including making appearances, welcoming visits to Madison, and lending support of any kind to chapter efforts. Both administration and staff are unfailingly pleasant, kind, patient and responsive. Every year they host an extravagant convention in a different city around country for the benefit of all members, everywhere.
With podcasts, tv shows, newsletters, original entertainment, a world-class headquarters, it's hard to catalog all the ways in which this nonprofit serves its constituency and the nation. Its spokespeople routinely appear before congress, or on national news outlets to fight for the rights of all Americans, while simultaneously creating community and solidarity on a grassroots level for their members.
Keep up the Amazing work!
FFRF-Southeast Wisconsin Chapter