Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie

Guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience

TOLEDO, OH   |  https://humanistswle.org

Mission

To provide a supportive local community for humanists and other nontheists, while promoting ethical and reasonable secular world views through education, community service, outreach, activism, and social events.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a new group formed in the last year. We have some ideas on what we want to do and where we want to be in a few years and we are looking for people to support our vision

Ruling year info

1980

President

Douglas L Berger

Main address

PO Box 6433

TOLEDO, OH 43612 USA

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EIN

83-0911351

NTEE code info

Freedom of Religion Issues (R65)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are literally dozens of houses of worship from any point in our area but there are no places dedicated specifically to cater to the non-religious. The Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie want to be that group that caters to the under-served non-religious in Northwest Ohio. We would like to own and operate a Humanist House in the metro Toledo area but that is a dream for another time when we have steady monetary support for our work. In the meantime we will address the lack of safe space in the best way we can using a combination of in-person meetings and events and regular communication through social media and use of a podcast outreach that started in January of 2020.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Monthly Meeting

We have general meetings at least one a month on a variety of topics that support our mission and philosophy.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Secular groups, LGBTQ people, Work status and occupations, Age groups

Related Program

Monthly Meeting

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Even with the pandemic, we only lost a total of 3 members in 2020 who didn't renew. We gave free memberships in 2018 to everyone on our contact list. We only had 7 people not renew.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Monthly Meeting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Donations include time and money

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Providing a supportive local community for humanists and other nontheists, while promoting ethical and reasonable secular world views through education, community service, outreach, activism, and social events.

We have monthly general meetings that are free and open to the public. On occasion we have additional events during a month that are free or low cost and open to the public. At the start of 2020, we introduced a podcast outreach called "Glass City Humanist" that conforms to the goals of the group with news and information of interest to Humanists and interviews of secular people on Humanist topics.

We also plan to have informational booths at select community events like Toledo Pride and The Old West End Autumn Market.

We also try to perform a service project coinciding with the Secular Week of Action.

We produce a podcast called "Glass City Humanist" as an outreach to the community.

Although we are small, we are able to host at least one meeting a month and occasional additional public events such as our Humanist Nooner that meets for lunch at a local diner. We can also staff a booth at a community event. Our leadership is also available to network with other like minded groups to make a bigger impact when needed.

We've had monthly meetings with a variety of topics - some with invited speakers. We have had booths at Toledo Pride two years in a row and have generated interested leads from that.

We get press coverage of our events in the religion section of the Toledo Blade

Our podcast listener base is rising.

We are able to raise some small funds through fundraisers through Facebook and other avenues like Kroger Community Rewards and Amazon Smiles

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Douglas Berger

Douglas Berger

Shawn Meagley

TK Barger

Mylinda Ogundipe

Edward Schaperjahn Jr.

Beverly Apel

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability