SECULAR COALITION FOR AMERICA INC

aka Secular Coalition for America   |   Washington, DC   |  www.secular.org

Mission

The mission of the Secular Coalition for American is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government.

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Debbie Allen

Main address

1012 14th St Nw Ste 205

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

26-0058528

NTEE code info

(Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C.) (R99)

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Our programs

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Secular Summit and Lobby Day

An opportunity to show lawmakers that nontheistic Americans are part of their constituency and advocate at the federal level for inclusion and secular laws.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Secular groups
Interfaith groups

Where we work

Our results

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

Number of individuals attending coalition meetings

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Population(s) Served

Secular groups

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Attendance at the annual Members Meeting held by the SCA for. all of our coalition member organizations. Participation is limited to the top leadership and key staff of each member organization.

Number of stakeholders or stakeholder groups who agree to engage

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Secular groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Independent organizations that join in coalition with the SCA to achieve our common goals. We had 4 coalition members in 2002, and grew to 20 members by June of 2021.

Number of coalition members

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

Secular groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Independent organizations that join in coalition with the SCA to achieve our common goals. We had 4 coalition members at the time of our founding in 2002, and grew to 20 members by June of 2021.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The mission of the Secular Coalition for American is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government.

Representing 20 national secular organizations, hundreds of local secular communities, and working with our allies in the faith community, we combine the power of grassroots activism with professional lobbying to make an impact on the laws and policies that govern separation of religion and government — or the improper encroachment of either on the other.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Our professional governmental affairs team located in Washington D.C. works to educate Members of Congress, Congressional staff, the White House and its Administration on the issues impacting religious freedom and nontheistic Americans. By serving as a resource on the key issues that impact our mission, we are ensuring that your lawmakers are informed about how their votes and policies will support, or undermine, the separation of church and state and the lives of nontheists and religious minorities. Our governmental affairs team is working with the Congressional Freethought Caucus and our Capitol Hill champions to advocate for the passing of legislation that supports a secular government and raises the profile of secular Americans and our secular values in Washington.

GRASSROOTS ACTIVISM

We empower secular individuals and communities across the nation to be active participants in our democracy as voters and constituents. The single most powerful way we can create change is by making sure your lawmakers are hearing the voices of everyday voters who share our secular values. We equip our supporters and volunteers with the knowledge, training, and tools they need to make an impact and directly support our work in Washington.

ACTION ALERTS

Our Action Alerts make it easy to contact your lawmakers in a matter of seconds. It’s activism made easy! We have sent tens of thousands of letters to Congress and state legislatures in support of separation of church and state, amplifying the voices of secular Americans across the country using the power of technology. Every time a lawmaker’s office hears from you on an issue, they are reminded that they have secular values voters among their constituents who demand to be seen and heard. No matter how busy you are, you can be a part of the action by getting alerts sent to your email inbox or text messages to your cell phone by signing up here.

EDUCATION

The secular character of our government is under attack. Being informed is the first step to fighting back. The Secular Coalition for America creates media across several platforms that inform our supporters and movement allies about public policies, legislation, and current events that threaten the freedom of, and the freedom from, religion.

The Secular Coalition for America is the sole full-time 501(c)(4) advocacy organization representing nontheistic Americans at the federal level.

ACTIVITIES OF THE SECULAR COALITION FOR AMERICA THAT ADVANCE OUR MISSION

~ Alerts and updates on legislation that attempts to privileg or insert religion into secular laws, at the state and federal level.
~ Calls to action on pertinent pieces of legislation at the state and federal level, allowing supporters to contact their representatives swiftly.
~ Holding meetings with Capitol Hill and the Administration advocating for our supporters and arranging for constituent lobbying visits for our supporters.
~ Hosting strategy meetings with key coalition staff to discuss issues of concern to the movement.
~ Research about secular issues that informs and bolsters advocacy.
~ Voter guides and congressional report cards.
~ Weekly newsletters detailing lobbying efforts and member organization activities.
~ Messaging across several social media platforms that connect supporters and movement organizations, and keep all updated and engaged.
~ Participation in a variety of public forums to raise the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints.

The Secular Coalition for America is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to amplifying the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States. Member organizations of the coalition are established 501(c)(3) nonprofits who serve atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans. The primary goal of the Secular Coalition for America has been to provide nontheistic Americans a unified voice in Washington. Today, we continue this mission by facilitating cooperation and strategic coordination between our member organizations. Since our founding in 2002, the coalition has grown from four member organizations to twenty.

Financials

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SECULAR COALITION FOR AMERICA INC

Board of directors
as of 6/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Kresek

Doug White

Dana Morganroth

Bonnie Counsens

Maggie Ardiente

Steve Bechtel

Lori Brown

Julie Edmondson

John Levin

Herb Silverman

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/09/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

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