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SECULAR COALITION FOR AMERICA EDUCATION FUND

Protecting the Equal Right of Nonreligious Americans

aka SECULAR COALITION FOR AMERICA EDUCATION FUND   |   Washington, DC   |  https://secular.org/

Mission

The mission of the Secular Coalition for America Education Fund is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States. Educational activities will advance awareness of the issues affecting the nontheistic community, and the importance of strengthening and protecting the secular nature of our government.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Steven Emmert

Main address

1012 14th Street NW Suite 205

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

26-1891218

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Despite the fact that religious freedom is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, religious beliefs are often used as an excuse to discriminate against nontheists, religious minorities, and others. The Secular Coalition for America Education Fund works to bring us closer to our country's ideals of freedom and equality for everyone, where all are welcome and respected, and nontheists are not relegated to second-class citizenship.

Our programs

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

Secular Values Voter

Secular Values Voter is a campaign to educate political candidates about the significant and rapidly growing secular constituency, the issues they care about, and the values for which they stand. To promote these values and protect our community and system of government, Secular Values Voter empowers secular Americans and our faith allies to be active and vocal participants in the political process.

Our four secular values — freedom, inclusion, equality, and knowledge — unite Americans of all faiths and no faith who believe in true religious freedom and support the inherent dignity and natural right to liberty of every individual. Our values are American values. They are based on the U.S. Constitution and the vision of our founding fathers, who were determined that the United States would never become a theocracy.

FREEDOM

BELIEFS SHOULD BE PROTECTED, NEVER IMPOSED.
A society that truly respects the freedom of the individual must strike a balance between protecting freedom of thought and belief, and protecting citizens from being forced to conform to the beliefs of others.

Secular values voters stand with their friends and neighbors of faith in preserving the secular character of our government as the best way to guarantee that individual beliefs are protected.

INCLUSION

INCLUSION: ALL FAITHS AND NONE
In the American melting pot, people come from all walks of life, yet can feel connected to each other through shared pride of our national heritage. Every American, no matter who they are and what they believe, should feel included in our national symbols and traditions.

When the government favors any one group over another, we are divided by our differences instead of unified by what we share in common. In a secular country, patriotism has no religion. Secular values voters stand for a religiously neutral government that celebrates and fosters the diversity of its citizens.

EQUALITY

UNBIASED GOVERNANCE: EQUAL RIGHTS, EQUAL RESPONSIBILITIES.
Protecting the rights of all its citizens equally, while also holding everyone equally responsible for abiding by laws that serve to benefit our society, is a fundamental tenet of America’s constitutional democracy. Our laws must be unbiased and religiously neutral.

When the government favors one group and their belief system over another, it relegates all others to a second-class status. Secular values voters believe in an America where citizens of all faiths and of none are equally protected and held equally accountable by the law.

KNOWLEDGE

INFORMATION EMPOWERS
We are constantly in awe of the scientific and technological accomplishments human beings have made, particularly how these advances have improved and saved so many lives. Continued progress depends on society valuing science and fostering free inquiry.

When the government skews scientific findings for ideological reasons or suppresses accurate information, it restricts freedom of thought and halts scientific progress. Secular values voters stand for an America where all citizens have access to the most accurate information available, empowering every individual to reach his or her greatest potential.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Victims and oppressed people

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.

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

When founded in 2002 we had 4 coalition member organizations. As of June 202 3we have 21. All share our mission to provide nontheistic Americans a unified voice at the federal, state and local level.

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 Secular Coalition for America Education Fund seeks to for religious freedom, as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and works to bring respect and visibility to nontheists.

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.

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.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

The Secular Coalition for America Education Fund works to educate not only our constituents but also 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 lawmakers are informed about how their votes and policies will support, or undermine, the separation of church and state and the lives of the nontheists and religious minorities they represent.

GRASSROOTS ACTIVISM

Grassroots activism is the lifeblood of democracy and is the driving force behind any movement. Our voice on Capitol Hill is strengthened by the voices of active, local constituents. Our job is to give everyday voters the tools and training they need to be effective advocates for change.

SECULAR VALUES VOTER

Secular Values Voter is a campaign to educate political candidates about the significant and rapidly growing secular constituency, the issues they care about, and the values for which they stand. To promote these values and protect our community and system of government, Secular Values Voter empowers secular Americans and our faith allies to be active and vocal participants in the political process.

SECULAR WEEK OF ACTION

Every year the secular movement comes together to create change in our local communities and provide a relevant alternative to the National Day of Prayer (first Thursday in May). The SCAEF and our coalition partners organize service projects throughout the nation thereby increasing the visibility of secular people and helping improve our world.

OUR COALITION MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS

Since the founding of the Secular Coalition for America in 2002 and the Secular Coalition for America Education Fund in 2008, our goal 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. Our 20 member organizations are established 501(c)(3) nonprofits who serve atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans.

The following is a list of our Coalition Member Organizations

American Atheists
American Ethical Union
American Humanist Association
Atheist Alliance of America
Black Nonbelievers, Inc.
Camp Quest
Center for Inquiry
Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations
Ex-Muslims of North America
Foundation Beyond Belief
Freethought Society
Freedom from Religion Foundation
Hispanic American Freethinkers
Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers
Recovering from Religion
Secular Student Alliance
Secular Woman
Society for Humanistic Judaism
The Clergy Project
Unitarian Universalist Humanists

OUR STAFF AND BOARD

Our Executive Director, our staff, and our board members are dedicated to advancing the mission of the Secular Coalition for America Education Fund.

1) We have grown from four to twenty member organizations over the past eighteen years. We are also closely allied with like-minded secular and faith-based organizations.
2) Established an annual Members' Meeting of our coalition partners to support each members' mission and programs, and coordinate our strategy for creating desired change going forward.
3) Convene monthly policy meetings for our coalition partners.
4) Convene monthly grassroots-staff meetings for our coalition partners.
5) Convene monthly communications-staff meetings for our coalition partners.
6) Established and host an annual Lobby Day gathering for our supporters.
7) Work closely with the Congressional Freethought Caucus to achieve our shared missions.

Financials

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SECULAR COALITION FOR AMERICA EDUCATION FUND

Board of directors
as of 06/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maggie Ardiente

Secular Coalition for America Education Fund

Term: 2021 - 2023

Dana Morganroth

Maggie Ardiente

Lori Lipman Brown

Herb Silverman

Alexander Satroie-Robinson

Derek Araujo

Bryan Shelby

Becky Hale

Claudette St Pierre

Anthony Cruz Pantojas

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • 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 6/28/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/28/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.