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Our seventh beneficiary: SMART RECOVERY

Dec 17, 2009
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srlogoBeginning Jan 1, the Foundation will highlight ten charitable organizations per quarter. Between now and then, we will gradually introduce you to our first slate.

Today we are proud to introduce SMART RECOVERY as our seventh announced beneficiary and the first in the BIG BANG category (small budget, big impact) for the first quarter of 2010.

SMART Recovery® provides free, science-based, self-empowering support groups for individuals desiring to abstain from any substance or activity addiction. We operate in ten countries, and provide over 500 weekly face-to-face meetings, as well as daily online meetings, message boards and a 24/7 chat room.

There is overwhelming agreement in the research community that no single treatment or recovery approach is appropriate for all individuals. There should be many recognized paths to recovery. Yet one recovery path based on faith in a higher power is the only option generally known. Many individuals who are not appropriate for AA end up there without realizing they have choices. Many of these individuals leave AA quickly, not knowing where else to turn. A rapid increase of SMART Recovery meetings would be a major boost for public health. Increasing awareness of the "many paths to recovery" principle and the SMART Recovery alternative would enrich many lives and save many lives.

Visit SMART Recovery on the web

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Our sixth beneficiary: REFUGEES INTERNATIONAL

Dec 8, 2009
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RILOGOBeginning Jan 1, the Foundation will highlight ten charitable organizations per quarter. Between now and then, we’ll gradually introduce you to our first slate.

Today we are proud to introduce REFUGEES INTERNATIONAL as our fifth announced beneficiary and the first in the PEACE category for the first quarter of 2010.

Our PEACE category will include organizations advocating for peace, promoting alternatives to violent conflict, or mitigating the suffering and destruction brought on by violent conflict.

Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.

Refugee crises left unattended threaten stability around the world. There are 41.9 million refugees and internally displaced people and 12 million stateless people living in limbo without citizenship rights. People forced from their homes by conflict are among the world’s most vulnerable and they all have individual stories of loss, heartache and survival.

Timely responses to refugee crises can increase stability in a region before the conflict spreads across borders. Due to our efforts, abandoned refugees receive food, medicine and education; displaced families return home; peacekeepers are sent to protect displaced people from harm; and stateless people obtain legal status.

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Feeling the Pulse in Copenhagen

Dec 4, 2009
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Tommaso BoggiaBy Tommaso Boggia,
Foundation Beyond Belief Environment Blogger

Hi, Foundation Beyond Belief community!

I am about to ship out to Copenhagen to attend the international climate negotiations, in which world leaders will be setting the framework for global reductions of climate-altering gasses. Haven’t heard about it? Well, here is the spiel:

Remember the Kyoto Protocol? Back in 1997, developing nations agreed to give reducing their emissions a shot, but the United States never ratified it. After eight years of an anti-science federal government, the U.S. finally has a shot at taking responsibility for the fact that we consume so much more than anyone else on the planet.

I heart KyotoThe successor to the Kyoto Protocol was initially supposed to be finalized this December in Copenhagen, but was delayed due to the United States Senate taking forever to come up with a climate bill (did you call your senator yet?). Without a mandate from the Senate, President Obama’s negotiators don’t have anything to negotiate around and, with the United States gone from the table, so are 20 percent of the world’s current emissions. Needless to say, we won’t be getting a treaty signed yet, but hopes are high that participants in Copenhagen can, at the very least, get the overall framework in place so that they can plug in tangible numbers at a later date (probably at next year’s conference in Mexico).

Policy spiel over!

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Our fifth beneficiary: GLOBAL GREEN USA

Nov 24, 2009
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gglogoBeginning Jan 1, the Foundation will highlight ten charitable organizations per quarter. Between now and then, we’ll gradually introduce you to our first slate.

Today we are proud to introduce GLOBAL GREEN USA as our fifth announced beneficiary and the first in the ENVIRONMENT category for the first quarter of 2010. 

Global Green is the US arm of Green Cross International (GCI), which was created by President Mikhail Gorbachev to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future by reconnecting humanity with the environment.

Global Green is working to address some of the greatest challenges facing humanity. In the United States, their work is primarily focused on stemming global climate change by creating green buildings and cities.

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Coming Together to Solve the Climate Crisis

Nov 7, 2009
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Tommaso Boggia

By Tommaso Boggia, Foundation Beyond Belief Environment Blogger

Getting people interested in the climate crisis can be tough. For some reason, when you start talking about political corruption and scientific data, most people tune out, fall asleep, stop caring, or start acting like contrarians for the hell of it, but I know the climate crisis discussion can be much more exciting than that!

What is more exciting than windmills slowly spinning their blades in the American heartland?

What is more inspiring than recently laid-off factory workers heading back to work building new batteries for electric cars?

What is more beautiful than 15,000 young Ethiopians marching in the streets of Addis Ababa to preserve a future with plentiful crops, accessible drinking water, and sustainable development?

Sure, puppies and polar bears are cute and draw people’s attention, but I won’t be talking about those here (check out the animal protection section for your cute-animal fix). The climate crisis is a human problem, and human stories will demonstrate the exciting opportunities and potential threats that lie ahead.

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Our fourth beneficiary: POINT FOUNDATION

Oct 28, 2009
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pointlogoBeginning Jan 1, the Foundation will highlight ten charitable organizations per quarter. Between now and then, we’ll gradually introduce you to our first slate.

Today we are proud to introduce THE POINT FOUNDATION as our fourth announced beneficiary and the first in the EDUCATION category for the first quarter of 2010. 

Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students of merit. Individuals enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate program, are eligible to apply. Point provides financial support through multi-year scholarships, leadership training, mentoring and hope to LGBT students who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. 

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Announcing our third beneficiary: WAR CHILD UK

Oct 21, 2009
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wclogoBeginning Jan 1, the Foundation will highlight ten charitable organizations per quarter. Between now and then, we’ll gradually introduce you to our first slate.

Today we are proud to introduce WAR CHILD UK as our third announced beneficiary and the first in the category of CHILD WELFARE for the first quarter of 2010. 

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Announcing our second beneficiary: WILDLIFE TRUST

Oct 9, 2009
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WTlogoBeginning Jan 1, the Foundation will highlight ten charitable organizations per quarter. Between now and then, we’ll gradually introduce you to our first slate.

Today we are proud to introduce WILDLIFE TRUST as our second beneficiary and the first in the category of ANIMAL PROTECTION.

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Many Hands

Oct 8, 2009
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by Dale McGowan

Executive Director, FBB

My my my, but it’s a busy time.  Things are going really well, thanks to so many willing and gifted hands. Time for some shout outs! Deepest thanks to

DUNCAN CRARY of Duncan Crary Communications for working hard (and successfully!) on grant funding;

Our membership coordinator JAIME SABEL for getting the word out about this thing of ours;

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Announcing our first beneficiary: HEALTHRIGHT INTERNATIONAL

Oct 2, 2009
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HealthRight Beginning Jan 1, the Foundation will highlight ten charitable organizations per quarter. Between now and then, we’ll gradually introduce you to our first slate.

Today we are proud to introduce HealthRight International as our first beneficiary in the category of HEALTH.

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