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Freethought Today · August 2016

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Nonbelief Relief aids Orlando victims, others

Nonbelief Relief has made a major donation to help with the Orlando tragedy.

Its latest round of grants include $10,000 earmarked for Orlando.

Nonbelief Relief is a new humanitarian agency created by FFRF to enable charitable donations by nonbelievers. It seeks to remediate conditions of human suffering and injustice and also aims to provide assistance for individuals targeted for nonbelief, secular activism or blasphemy.

Nonbelief Relief's Orlando donation is to the Human Compassion Fund. The Fund, via the National Center for Victims of Crime, funnels all money directly to the family victims of mass casualty crimes. All donations earmarked for the Orlando fund go directly to affected individuals and families.

In other aid, Nonbelief Relief is giving:

• $40,000 in aid to eight Bangladeshi freethinkers, who are on hit lists as secular activists. The Bangladesh aid was prompted by the fact that at least 13 nonbelievers have been executed by Islamist terrorists in Bangladesh. (Rafida Bonya Ahmed, widow of Avijit Roy, who was killed in an attack last year that Ahmed barely survived, will be speaking at the FFRF convention in Pittsburgh in October.)

• $10,000 to the World Food Program USA, under the United Nations, to aid famine victims in South Sudan, a hunger hotspot.

• $10,000 to directly sponsor one volunteer for the coming year for the Humanist Service Corps, administered by Foundation Beyond Belief. In 2015, that foundation launched the first international volunteer service program guided by humanist values.

To donate to campaigns like these, please earmark your donation to FFRF for "Nonbelief Relief." FFRF's online donation form has a designation for Nonbelief Relief, ensuring your donation is deductible for income-tax purposes.