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Are there Atheist charities and humanitarian organizations?

Some people are under the false impression that Atheists do not do anything for the world; that they are selfish and turn away when their fellow man is in need. Well, that couldn't be further from the truth...


Here is a link to a nice list of some Atheist charities with links to all of them:

Thanks to pam for this list as well:


Asked by IhartU at 10:21 AM on Apr. 11, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Of course people know there are non-religious Charities-
    It is interesting that some on your list do say they push an Atheist agenda- not that there is a problem with that its just that in the last post, people had an issue with charities pushing any agenda other than relief-

    Also, Bill Gates is Agnostic not Atheist so I am not sure why he is on that list-

    Bottom line- some charities have agendas other than just relief, some do not- charity is charity regardless of its affiliation- people can choose who they give money to, who they receive help from- for me, I am happy that there are so many charities in the world- I think they do a far better job than the govt in providing services- I am more worried about a charities balance sheet than I am their religious or non-religious backing- I can not stand charities like PETA where so little money goes to the actual cause-

    Answer by soyousay at 6:35 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • Oh, ok, that's interesting. I'd never thought about. Thanks for posting.

    Answer by cbk_mom3 at 10:34 AM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • That's a good list. Thanks for sharing it! I also found this link before too: Atheist Charities


    Answer by pam19 at 10:45 AM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • So we can celebrate ALL charities now, even Christian? Unless I am seeing a double standard from you.

    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 3:06 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • Does it bother anyone else that atheist groups seem to flock to areas where there is devistation for one reason or another and prey upon the weak and vulnerable under the guise of helping get the country and people back on their feet?


    ???? This sounds ridiculous, doesn't it.  Sometimes you have to listen to yourself closely.



    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 3:13 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • I'm sure there are, but I've not checked into them. Not being an Atheist, I've never had a reason to check them out. But, I have no doubt they do exist,and probably do good work, as well as any Christian organization.

    Answer by cbk_mom3 at 10:26 AM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • Some well known organizations such as the Red Cross are on that list because they're not religious-based. They don't have 'Atheist' in the title- not many do.

    Comment by IhartU (original poster) at 10:32 AM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • I love Kiva. My first micro-loan through them is almost paid back, so I'm looking for others to give to. It's such a cool organization.

    Answer by CraftingMama at 10:35 AM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • of course there are charities from atheists :).
    you dont need to be religious to be charitable or humble. beautiful post btw ....unfortunately those under the false impression that we dont have charitable foundations as atheists probably wont read this

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 11:22 AM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • well sure! theres charities under all sorts of headings so why wouldnt there be Atheist charities. its not like being an Atheist makes a person some kinda curmudgeon or scrooge (why some ppl assume this is beyond me). but i wouldnt say that being secular necessarily makes a charity Atheist...just like many (historically) Christian charities arent really doing anything Christian specific (like YMCA & United Way) and help anyone of any religious affiliation.

    Answer by okmanders at 12:54 PM on Apr. 11, 2011