Real assistance for real people
When faced with devastating natural disasters or humanitarian crises, American Atheists would like to encourage anyone who can to help provide the critical resources that relief organizations need to bring aid to those in need.
We recommend giving to organizations which provide real relief to victims of tragedy, and not to organizations which use your charitable donations for proselytizing those who are most vulnerable.
In particular, we strongly support the work of the following organizations:
Humanist Crisis Response
A program of the Foundation Beyond Belief, the Humanist Crisis Response is an explicitly nontheistic organization which serves as a focal point for the humanist response to major humanitarian crises. They work to bring resources to those in need and to raise awareness of that need to the humanist community.
Their current focus is on providing relief to victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm to make landfall anywhere on Earth in recorded history. With the death-toll at nearly 5,500 and expected to rise, and hundreds of thousands or millions having been displaced, food, water, and medical aid are all desperately needed.
The Humanist Crisis Response is supporting Citizens' Disaster Response Center, a community-based relief organization in the Philippines, and Team Rubicon, a disaster relief organization of military veterans. All donations to the Humanist Crisis Response and the Foundation Beyond Belief are given directly to beneficiary charities; none is retained by the Foundation Beyond Belief for their own costs.
Donate to the Humanist Crisis Response here.
The American Red Cross
The Red Cross is a secular organization which "may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature." Its fundamental principles declare that "all societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other."
The American Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires which impact one family to hurricanes which affect thousands. The Red Cross provides food, shelter, and medical aid to communities and families in need. In addition, the Red Cross is the largest supplier of blood in the United States, providing more than 40% of America's bloody supply.
The Red Cross is on the ground, providing aid, after events like the devastating tornadoes which swept through Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. More information about their response is available on their website.
One of the most effective ways to support the Red Cross is to donate money. That allows them to direct aid where it is most needed.
Doctors Without Borders
Founded in 1971, Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) acts independently of any political, military, or religious agendas to provide medical aid and relief in more than 60 countries without regard for race, religion, or political affiliation. In 2012 alone, it is estimated that MSF provided medical care to more than 8 million people across the world.
MSF does not take sides in armed conflicts and provides care on the bases of need alone. This independence and neutrality allows MSF to work in some of the most dangerous places in the world where aid is often needed the most. In addition, MSF relies on public support for its funding. More than 90 percent of MSF's overall funding comes from private, non-governmental sources.
For its humanitarian work, Doctors Without Borders was awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.
To support the work of MSF, please donate.
American Atheists is proud to support the work of organizations that provide real relief to real victims as part of our mission to educate the public about the atheist worldview and atheist community as a whole.