Achievements of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation and Todd Stiefel
Accomplishments in 2014:
SFF and Todd are each putting up $125,000 in matching challenge money for Openly Secular. The goal of this $250,000 match is to raise a total of $500,000 for the project. The mission of Openly Secular is to eliminate discrimination and increase acceptance by getting secular people to be open about their beliefs. We envision a world where there are no social costs for being secular, where families and communities remain whole when some members have moved away from religion or supernaturalism.
SFF gave $10,000 to Camp Quest to accelerate and expand the rollout of their new and improved Famous Freethinkers educational program.
SFF donated $10,000 to the Secular Community Project to build more and stronger communities for freethinkers across the nation.
SFF gifted $6,000 to Religion Newswriters Association to sponsor a breakfast at their 2014 annual conference. This time will be used to announce the results of the building of the Openly Secular multimedia campaign.
SFF donated $2,500 to partner with the American Humanist Association in funding a survey regarding the public's attitude toward shifting to the original Pledge of Allegiance and other subjects regarding church/state separation.
SFF succeeded in getting Wake County Public Schools (Raleigh, NC) to bring Sports Mission Outreach within legal compliance. SMO, and its leader, Pat Teague, had been flaunting Constitutional restrictions on non-students proselytizing within public schools. He has been evangelizing sports teams, with the help of their coaches, on the sidelines and locker rooms. He had also been bringing teams to pre-game ministry meals at local churches.
Todd and SFF gave a number of smaller gifts to the freethought movement. These donations come to a total of around $52,500 from SFF and $15,925 from Todd.
More to be announced soon. Many projects are in the works!
Accomplishments in 2013:
Todd worked with Foundation Beyond Belief to support their work in the effort unite the freethought movement behind raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Todd served as International Team Captain for the FBB Light The Night team. In two years, the team raised $930,000. Further, SFF gave $20,000 to FBB to provide incentive award grants to top fundraising local teams.
SFF gave a $100,000 grant to the The Clergy Project to provide outplacement services to formerly-religious clergy. The program will provide each individual with 6 months of assistance including skills assessment, resume prep and connection with a recruiter in their area to help them to find sustainable employment. We hope this program will make it so that these clergy men and women will no longer have to put the priority of feeding their family above their desire to stop preaching what they no longer believe.
SFF granted a dollar for dollar matching challenge with the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF). We doubled gifts, up to $50,000 in total donations, made to MAAF by veterans and current members of the military. $20,000 was given in 2013, $25,000 in 2012 and $5,000 in 2011.
SFF donated an additional $25,000 to Religion News Service to complete the support of the second year of its increased coverage of freethinkers.
SFF donated $20,000 to Secular Student Alliance to kickoff the funding for the new rapid response function within the organization. The concept was recommended by SFF as a way to fund staff that can arrive on the scene quickly to help resolve challenges secular students are facing, such as discrimination from school administrations. Regional Campus Organizers will show student activists that they are not alone; they are supported by a vast community of fellow freethinkers and a team of lawyers prepared to protect our civil liberties.
A total of $50,000 was given to charities in support of Penn Jillette ultimately finishing as runner-up on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. This helped Penn in his efforts to highlight atheist generosity on the NBC show. $10,000 was given by Todd to the American Red Cross. $10,000 went from SFF to American Atheists for St Jude Hospital (a secular charity). Todd gave $30,000 for Opportunity village.
SFF donated $5,000 to Religion News Service to sponsor a freethought panel discussion breakfast for reporters at their annual conference.
SFF donated $6,000 to the American Humanist Association for the printing and distribution of the "Jefferson Bible" to the President and all members of Congress. This was done to educate on how this key American Founding Father did not believe in the divinity of Jesus, and also to show that the Bible should not be taken as literally true.
SFF brought the idea to American Atheists to counter Ten Commandment displays on public land with atheist monuments that reveal the morally repugnant Biblical punishments for violating the Commandments. The first monument was christened (pun intended) in Starke, Florida in June 2013. SFF believes the government should not host religious or atheist monuments; but, we support calling their bluff whenever they promote one specific religion using an open public forum that they assume nobody will use, except their favored sect.
SFF gave $5,000 to Camp Quest after they met a matching challenge issued to help raise money after CQ Oklahoma was discriminated against by a restaurant that did not want to honor a verbal contract to provide 10% of proceeds from a fundraising dinner.
Todd and SFF gave a number of smaller gifts to the freethought movement. These donations come to a total of around $44,700 from SFF and $16,635 from Todd.
Accomplishments in 2012:
SFF was the largest financial sponsor of both the Reason Rally and Rock Beyond Belief. A total of $250,000 was given to RR, $50,000 of that during 2012. A total of $70,000 was given to RBB, with $20,000 of that given during 2012 to announce and provide 1,000 free meals. The meals were given to soldiers, their families and other attendees during RBB as a thank you for our freedom.
SFF donated $10,000 to Foundation Beyond Belief to support their work in the effort unite the freethought movement behind raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Todd brought this concept to FBB and is serving as the International Team Captain for the FBB Light The Night team. The project raised over $430,000 (including $215k in matching money from the Stiefel Family) in the fight against cancer. Further, SFF has given $20,000 to FBB to provide incentive award grants to top fundraising local teams.
SFF donated $100,000 to support the "We Are AAH" campaign from African Americans for Humanism. SFF brought the concept for this campaign to AAH, and provided strategic and creative guidance.
Todd donated $100,000 towards a matching challenge for Protect All NC Families to support the fight against a marriage inequality NC constitutional amendment.
Camp Quest was granted $50,000 for hitting SFF's 2012 CQ matching challenge.
SFF donated $25,000 to Religion News Service to support the second year of its increased coverage of freethinkers. Year one resulted in a total of 41 stories, most of which were picked up by outlets such as The Huffington Post, USA Today and The Washington Post
SFF donated $20,000 to American Atheists to support additional educational billboards, including the "Shame on Mormonism" billboard.
$10,000 was donated to Black Atheists of America to give science classroom supplies to ten underfunded schools as part of BAAm's Science Cubed program.
Todd wrote a series of "Ask an Atheist" columns answering questions for readers of The Blaze.
Todd and SFF gave a number of smaller gifts to the freethought movement. These donations come to a total of around $63,200 from SFF and $13,490 from Todd.
More to be announced soon. Many projects are in the works!
Accomplishments in 2011:
SFF has donated $200,000 toward the Reason Rally in Washington, DC. This will be an incredible event for freethinkers in the spring of 2012 and will feature top talent, great speakers and amazing music.
SFF donated $50,000 to Religion News Service to bolster its coverage of freethinkers with a series of news, investigations, feature stories and photos.
SFF donated $10,000 to the legal fund for Atheists of Florida to assist in their defense against religious-based persecution by their local government.
SFF gave $10,000 to Center for Inquiry to help them expand their Living Without Religion advertising campaign. Their campaign promotes the concept that "you don't need God to hope, to care, to love, to live."
SFF gave $10,000 to Equality NC Foundation to support marriage equality in NC and oppose the religious bigotry that fuels this debate.
SFF donated $3,508.73 to Camp Quest as part of matching challenge gift to spur donations over the last few hours of a blogger fundraising contest.
Via a $20,000 donation to the American Humanist Association, Todd and his wife helped sponsor the Second Chance Prom for Constance McMillen after she was not allowed to attend her prom with her girlfriend.
SFF gave $15,000 to sponsor the ReligionLink source guide on the Freethought Movement. This provides the general public, and thousands of journalists in particular, with an extensive online guide to the Freethought Movement including trends, story ideas, sources, contact information, links to pertinent groups and reference articles.
Todd was the liaison between the Triangle Freethought Society and Americans United for Separation of Church and State in an effort to stop un-Constitutional aspects of the Wake County Public School System's faith-based Adopt-A-School Initiative. Positive outcomes included new provisions put in place by the school system to prohibit proselytizing by volunteers to students, regardless of location, and the removal of a fundamentalist church as the official county training provider for volunteer mentors in the program. The church's mandatory volunteer training sessions had encouraged mentors to use students to get to their parents and then get the families off school grounds where, according the the training, "when they're in your area, you can do whatever you want in terms of giving them Christ and ministering to the whole family."
Todd's activism was featured in a front-page article in the Raleigh News & Observer.
Todd and SFF gave a number of smaller gifts to the freethought movement. These donations came to a total of around $25,000 from Todd directly and around $36,000 from SFF.
Accomplishments in 2009:
SFF was founded by Todd with a $2,000,000 endowment.