Darling Daddy-O's (Charities and Causes)

Organizations that I support and you should too. If there are any others you think deserve to up here, be sure to let me know. For more, be sure to click the charity/causes tag on my "Slammin' Subjects" widget below.

American Civil Liberties Union

The American Civil Liberties Union is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States." A historic group in operation since 1920, the ACLU has been instrumental in many of the United States' greatest breakthroughs in civil rights and are known for providing legal representation to anyone whose rights have been violated, no matter what their beliefs or background.

Doctors Without Borders

Médecins Sans Frontières, also known in English as Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organisation of French origin best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases. They are well-known for accepting people from and catering to anyone who needs their help, regardless of any religious, ethnic, etc. background.

FIRE: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is a non-profit, non-partisan group founded in 1999 that focuses on civil liberties in academia in the United States. Much like the ACLU but focused on an academic level, FIRE has helped people from all backgrounds (including political background) maintain their civil rights in school environments.

Child USA
http://childrenshealthcare.org/ (old site/case archive)

Child USA (formerly Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty, CHILD) is dedicated to ending child abuse or neglect related to religion, cultural practices, or quackery through public education, research, legal action, and a limited amount of lobbying. Founded by former Christian Scientists, Child USA fights to reform children's rights and rid the United States of indefensible legal exceptions allowing for the abuse of kids.

Unchained At Last

Unchained At Last is the only nonprofit in the US dedicated to helping women and girls leave or avoid arranged/forced marriages and rebuild their lives. Unchained also is the only nonprofit in the US dedicated to creating social, policy and legal change to end forced and child marriage in America. Founded by a former Orthodox Jew who bravely escaped her abusive marriage and community, they've helped over 500 women and girls escape and rebuild their lives.

International Women's Health Coalition

The International Women's Health Coalition is a non governmental organization founded in 1984 based in New York City. The IWHC focuses on issues relating to women and girls' human rights, health and equality. They provide free health education, medicine, and sanitary products to poor women and girls around the globe and help fight the cultural stigmas that put female health in jeopardy.

Men's Health Network

Men's Health Network (MHN) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health awareness and disease prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Due to a lack of awareness, poor health education, and culturally induced behavior patterns in their work and personal lives, men's health and well-being are deteriorating steadily.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people worldwide. Needs very little introduction, but needs a lot of protection. One of the most important steps you can take in raising a child is being prepared.


The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Their organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend their anti-cruelty mission across the country, they are recognized as a national animal welfare organization.

The Humane Society

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's most effective animal protection organization. They and their affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and they professionalize the field through education and training for local organizations. They are the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike. They are driving transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade.

My family has a long-standing good relationship with The Humane Society and have personally delivered many found wounded animals into their care, all of which made a full and happy recovery.

Secular Coalition For America

The Secular Coalition for America is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to amplifying the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States. Their 19 voting coalition member organizations are established nonprofits who serve atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans. Their mission is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all. The coalition includes:

American Atheists
American Atheists, Inc., fights on the front lines of the battle for separation of religion and government, laboring for the civil liberties of atheists. Since 1963, American Atheists has challenged the intrusion of religion and religious tradition in schools, work, and public policy while educating millions about what it means to be an atheist.

American Ethical Union
The American Union is a national federation of Ethical Culture/Ethical Humanist Societies.  Founded in 1876, Ethical Societies are congregational, religious humanist fellowships that meet regularly to explore ethical issues and ideals and to foster ethical relationships between individuals and groups. Ethical Societies are actively engaged in social justice activities such as civil and human rights and protecting the secular nature of government.

American Humanist Association
The American Humanist Association advocates for progressive values and equality for humanists, atheists, and freethinkers. Promoting the idea that you can be good without a god since 1941, and today headquartered in Washington, DC, the American Humanist Association litigates, lobbies, advertises, publishes, organizes and speaks out to promote the positive philosophy of humanism and further humanist causes.

Atheist Alliance of America
Atheist Alliance of America (AAA) is a non-profit umbrella organization in support of democratic local Affiliates to project a positive voice for atheism through community activism. The organization began in 1991 as Atheist Alliance and evolved into 2 separate organizations over time—AAA with a U.S. focus, and a global Atheist Alliance International.

Black Nonbelievers, Inc.
Black Nonbelievers is based in the Atlanta area and seeks to provide a safe and caring environment for members of the Black community and their allies who may have been cast out or shunned by their other family and friends. Their goal is to create a “secular fellowship” where members can gather to discuss truth and morality through reason and evidence as opposed to faith.

Camp Quest
Camp Quest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends and freethought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values. Started in 1996, Camp Quest supports a network of summer camps for children and teens that encourage critical thinking and skepticism. Aimed at campers from atheist, agnostic, and other secular families, Camp Quest is open to campers from all worldview backgrounds.

Center for Inquiry
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Its programs include the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism, and publishes the magazines Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry.

Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations 
The mission of the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations (CSJO) is to promote and support a secular Jewish identity and way of life. The CSJO is composed of independent organizations and individuals whose unity of purpose is a secular expression of their Jewish heritage, with particular emphasis on the cultural and ethical aspects of Jewish learning.  For the CSJO, the continuity and survival of the Jewish people are paramount; our prophetic tradition of social justice and humanism is the foundation upon which our continuity is built. It provides us with standards for the conduct of our lives and those of succeeding generations.

Ex-Muslims of North America
The Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and helping those who used to follow Islam or identify as Muslim, and who no longer do so. EXMNA advocates for acceptance of religious dissent, promotes secular values, and aims to reduce discrimination faced by those who leave Islam.

Foundation Beyond Belief
The Foundation Beyond Belief is a humanist charity that promotes secular volunteering and responsible charitable giving. Guided by the principles of secular humanism, the mission of Foundation Beyond Belief is to unite the humanist community in charitable efforts and advocate for compassionate action throughout the world. 

Freethought Society
The Freethought Society is an educational, non-profit, national forum where Freethinkers can meet, socialize and exchange ideas.

Freedom From Religion Foundation
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is a nonprofit, working to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism, and to promote the constitutional principle of separation between church and state. Since 1978, the Foundation has acted on countless violations of the separation of state and church, and has taken and won many significant complaints and important lawsuits to end state/church entanglements.

Hispanic American Freethinkers
Founded in 2010, the Hispanic American Freethinkers (HAFree) is a non-profit organization that works to provide a voice for many Hispanic voices both in the U.S. and beyond and provide them with the tools and resources to further explore freethought and secular ideas. HAFree has chapters all over the nation, releases podcasts, and works to promote science education and the separation of church and state.

Institute for Humanist Studies
The Institute for Humanist Studies is a think tank, committed to gathering information and practices within Humanism, to address the socio-political, economic and cultural challenges facing communities within the United States and within a global context. Such information and practices will include sponsored research to address questions and concerns within Humanism and non-theism, as well as published books and colloquiums and articles to articulate our determinations. The Institute for Humanist Studies views humanism as having the moral imperative to extend the circle of justice, caring and concern to all.

Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers
The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers builds community for atheists and humanists in the military and fights discrimination against nontheists in the military. Established as a 501c3 charitable organization in 2006, the Military Association connects service members in need with the national secular community and shows America that we support the troops.

Recovering From Religion 
Recovering From Religion is a nonprofit supporting those who have "given faith their best shot" but cannot accept the answers religion provides over science, logic and reason. Recovering From Religion have chapters throughout the country, and many other programs aimed at supporting those who leave religion, including a telephone hotline. 

Secular Student Alliance
The Secular Student Alliance organizes, unites, educates, and serves  students and student communities that promote the ideals of scientific and critical inquiry, democracy, secularism, and human-based ethics. Founded in 2000, the Secular Student Alliance supports a rapidly growing network of over 350 atheist, agnostic, and humanist groups on high school and college campuses.

Society for Humanistic Judaism
Embracing a human-centered philosophy that combines the celebration of Jewish culture and identity with an adherence to humanistic values and ideas, the Society for Humanistic Judaism offers a nontheistic alternative within Judaism. The Society organizes and supports inclusive congregations and communities, creates celebrations for Shabbat, Jewish holidays and life cycles, publishes resources and educational materials, and offers adult and children's programs in communities and on campuses.

Unitarian Universalist Humanists
The Unitarian Universalist (UU) Humanists strives to promote and extend the use of rational inquiry without supernatural considerations, followed by compassionate action in all human interactions. For over fifty years, UU Humanists and its precursor organizations have celebrated the Humanist Manifesto's vision of a religion without gods through scholarship, teaching, promotion and advocacy - both within Unitarian Universalism and in the wider world.

Honorable Mentions:

Based in my lovely home city, "Mythicist Milwaukee is a secular organization focused on promoting dialogue about culture, religion and freedom of thought. Our origins started with an interest in studying the mythicist position. But today, we're much more than that. We host annual conferences, religious debates and weekly local meetups; produce an iTunes Top 100 podcast in the Religion & Spirituality category; are co-producing a feature-length documentary film; provide live broadcast services for other national secular gatherings; and much more. We want to inspire you to question. To inspire you to dig deeper. To find the origins of the beliefs shared by many all over the world today. By showcasing commonalities between world religions, Mythicist Milwaukee strives to contribute to a world free from religious oppression and bigotry."

The world's largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls. A Mighty Girl hosts links for parents wanting healthy, empowering material to raise their daughters with and shines lights on women's issues and prominent individuals in the past and today who are helping with them.

"We explore the world of men and manhood in a way that no media company ever has, tackling the issues and questions that are most relevant to men’s lives. We write about fatherhood, family, sex, ethics, war, gender, politics, sports, pornography, and aging. We shy away from nothing. Our content reflects the multidimensionality of men — we are alternately funny and serious, provocative and thoughtful, earnest and light-hearted. We search far and wide for new stories and new voices from “the front lines of modern manhood.” And we do it without moralizing and without caricaturizing our audience; we let guys be guys, but we do it while challenging confining cultural notions of what a “real man” must be. Guys today are neither the mindless, sex-obsessed buffoons nor the stoic automatons our culture so often makes them out to be. Our community is smart, compassionate, curious, and open-minded; they strive to be good fathers and husbands, citizens and friends, to lead by example at home and in the workplace, and to understand their role in a changing world."

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