On Foundation Beyond Belief
It's officially Day 2 for Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB), and I'm watching carefully. I think I'll join today, as I'm not sure I can make a fair judgment on the process and the structure (and the success, whatever that means) from the outside.
Here are my initial thoughts, though:
- "Animal Protection." Uh-oh. On the upside, you don't have to give any money to animal protection if your beliefs aren't represented by the choice of groups being supported. Also, because this is a community, you can choose to spend your time lobbying for the group you would support. For the first quarter of 2010, Wildlife Trust is the beneficiary.
- Other people influence the choice of nonprofit, which is both good and bad. Good, as I can learn from others about the pluses and minuses of groups that are new to me, and bad, as (see "Animal Protection") the members might choose a group I wouldn't support.
- Though the "Big Bang" category is for groups with smaller budgets, I'd like to see smaller budgets/big impact involved more prominently. On the other hand, FBB states a preference for supporting organizations with budgets of under $10 million, so I'm probably being picky here as $10 million is already fairly small.
- I do appreciate the idea of atheists wanting to be represented as an important philanthropic presence, and this is one way for that to happen. The only problem for me is that I already do my research and choose my groups, and though that takes a lot of time it's important to me so I allocate that time. And though I have plenty to learn from the members, I don't know how useful this idea is for me unless my priority is having people know that I belong to a group of atheists.
- I think my favorite part of FBB is parent education and support for nontheistic parents.
- I'm not sure anyone needs another online community, but perhaps it's time to be more selective about online communities. Just a thought.
What do you think about this idea?