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About the Stiefel Freethought Foundation and Todd Stiefel

Value Proposition

The Stiefel Freethought Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit private foundation that provides financial support and volunteer strategy consulting to the Freethought Movement.


About the President and Founder

Todd Stiefel lives in Raleigh, NC. He is a secular humanist, an atheist and full-time freethought activist. Todd serves as an advisor to many of the top nontheistic organizations. He has given over $4.5 million dollars to charities in the Freethought Movement. This is highlighted by $3.5 million to found the Stiefel Freethought Foundation.

Todd graduated cum laude from Duke University. He worked 12 years for Stiefel Laboratories, holding positions in marketing, sales operations and strategy. During his tenure, the company’s revenues quadrupled. He was the Chief Strategy Officer, the Enterprise Leadership Team chairman and member of the executive committee of the Board. He was responsible for 250 people including the finance, strategy, risk, facilities, administration and program management functions. He co-led the teams that sold equity to Blackstone and Stiefel Laboratories to GlaxoSmithKline.

Todd currently is focused on chairing the Openly Secular campaign. Todd's activism has been featured in The Washington Post, CNN Belief Blogs, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Blaze, The Guardian Express, AlterNet and a front page article in the Raleigh News & Observer. He has appeared on the The Young Turks, Christian Broadcasting Network, NPR, and The Takeaway. Todd has been quoted in the New York Times, Salon and Church & State. He is a Humanist Celebrant and the co-host of The Humanist Hour podcast. His writing has been published in Free Inquiry magazine.

From 2012-2013 Todd led the Foundation Beyond Belief international team that raised $930,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in two years.


Please see Achievements for more details on the accomplishments of Todd Stiefel and the Stiefel Freethought Foundation.


Videos Highlights

Reason Rally speech, March 24, 2012

The Young Turks Interviews, June 6, 2013

Rock Beyond Belief speech, March 31, 2012

The Point (part of the The Young Turks Network), September 6, 2013

"Welcoming To Thomas Jefferson?" at Secular Student Alliance, July 12, 2013

"Dialogue of Reason: Science and Faith in the Black Community" at Howard University, Oct 10, 2010

Appeal to freethinkers to fight cancer, March 8, 2012

National Day of Reason speech, May 5, 2011

Consider Humanism Campaign launch speech, November 9, 2010


Awards

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society North Carolina 2013 Community Outreach Award

Freedom From Religion Foundation 2014 Emperor Has No Clothes Award

Foundation Beyond Belief 2013 Heart of Humanism

American Atheists 2012 Philanthropist of the Year

American Atheists 2010 Activist of the Year

The Rensselaer Medal for Math and Science 1992


Todd Stiefel's roles in the Freethought Movement:

Stiefel Freethought Foundation

Openly Secular

American Humanist Association

Secular Coalition for America

Secular Student Alliance

Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Foundation Beyond Belief

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Camp Quest

United Coalition of Reason

Atheist Nexus

Triangle Freethought Society

Triangle Atheist Meetup

American Atheists