Donor Gives $200,000 to Council for Secular Humanism


August 16, 2010

The Council for Secular Humanism, an affiliate of the Center for Inquiry (CFI), recently received a gift of $200,000 from an anonymous donor. This is the same anonymous donor that in recent years has given $800,000 to the Council. (

See the June 1 announcement

discussing the financial situation of CFI and its affiliates.) The transmittal letter accompanying the gift did not explain the size or timing of the donation.

The Council and CFI are deeply grateful for the generosity of this donor. The donor’s substantial gift will be extremely helpful in sustaining the programs of the Council.

However, the Council is still $600,000 short of its budgeted income for the year. CFI—which is a supporting organization for the Council—does not have the resources to eliminate this major, unexpected deficit. CFI, the Council, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry have launched a combined fund drive campaign seeking emergency assistance from supporters to close this budget gap.


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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. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at centerforinquiry.org.