Voting Member Organizations
The voting members of the Secular Coalition for America are national 501(c)3 organizations cooperating within the Coalition for the greater good of all nontheistic citizens.
[Founding members in red]
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 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.
Council for Secular Humanism
The mission of the Council for Secular Humanism is to advocate and defend a nonreligious lifestance rooted in science, naturalistic philosophy, and humanist ethics, and to serve and support adherents of that lifestance. Founded in 1980, the Council publishes FREE INQUIRY magazine, operates the movement’s oldest outreach to African Americans, and is suing to end Florida’s financial support of religious charities.
The Freethought Society is a non-profit, educational organization advocating separation of religion and government, freedom from religious intrusion, and freedom of expression. Providing educational resources to all nontheist groups and individuals.
Freedom From Religion Foundation
The Freedom From Religion Foundation 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 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.
Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (US)
The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (US) supports scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and human suffering.
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.
The 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.
Historical Note: In January 2009, the Internet Infidels, a founding organization, submitted a "friendly" resignation citing their Board's decision to focus exclusively on their primary mission as an Internet library. They continue to link to the Coalition on the front page of their heavily-trafficked Web site, and the Coalition remains indebted to the Infidels for donating our domain name, www.secular.org.