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Secular Hub Inc

Building Secular Community

DENVER, CO   |  https://www.secularhub.org

Mission

To support and build up the secular community by providing a physical space and a broad range of activities that encourage learning, critical thinking, advocacy, altruism, and social connection.

Ruling year info

2013

Board Chair

Barbara Sannwald

Main address

PO BOX 2519

DENVER, CO 80201 USA

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EIN

45-4136540

NTEE code info

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Non-religious people are often marginalized in our society. The perception of secular non-believers as people who are untrustworthy and immoral is a narrative in our culture that has not abated in spite of the rise in the number of people who self identify as non-religious. Due to the rise of Christian Nationalism in the United States, secular individuals who are not religious are estranged from the political process in the United States as well as from society in general and, in many cases, from their family of origin. Being non-religious in America is still something that is stigmatized and misunderstood. Additionally, those who leave their religious traditions often miss the community they once found there and are seeking a new community. Our mission is to support and build up the secular community by providing a physical space and a broad range of activities that encourage learning, critical thinking, advocacy, altruism, and social connection.

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?

Building Secular Community

The Secular Hub sponsors activities focused on building a secular community, advancing reason, critical thinking, and giving back through education and altruism. It is a place where non-believers can make friends, support each other, learn, and give back to the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Secular groups

It was the vision of the Secular Hub's founders to create a physical location which would serve as the home for the secular community. The Secular Hub currently owns a building where the majority of our activities take place. This space is offered to secular groups in the local area, giving these groups the opportunity to collaborate on projects to make the whole secular community stronger.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Secular groups

Secular Scouts is a Denver chapter of the Navigators USA national organization. This chapter is sponsored by the Secular Hub. Navigators USA is a secular scouting movement for people of all ages and genders whose mission is to broaden the scope of scouting by encouraging whole families and individuals of all ages to participate in meetings, trips and activities, going beyond youth development to community development.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Secular groups

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
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We aim to create a vibrant community where atheists, agnostics, humanists, and their families can meet, support each other, have fun, and explore ethics, science, and the human condition. We seek to establish a positive presence that contributes to the society at large. By providing the larger society the opportunity to engage in positive ways with people who are openly atheist and to see non-believers gather in pro-social endeavors, we are not only meeting the needs of the secular community, but working to change hearts and minds in destigmatizing and humanizing those who are non-believers.

Our two main objectives as specified in our mission are (1) to provide a physical space for secular groups to meet, and (2) to provide a broad range of activities that encourage learning, critical thinking, advocacy, altruism, and social connection.


1. Reinvest a percentage of annual net revenue into continued building upgrades and renovations, and set aside a percentage of annual net revenue as savings for anticipated debt service, with reevaluation and adjustment at the end of each fiscal year.
2. Grow the family demographic in our membership; become more receptive to families to help build community by hosting at least six family-focused events a year.
3. Expand and encourage Membership by Hub participants with the goal of increasing membership numbers by ten percent annually.
4. Hold a minimum of four different types of events each month that appeal to the varied interests of the greater secular community.
5. Recruit a volunteer coordinator to conceptualize and define volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers.
6. Strengthen and maintain relationships with affiliates and expand cooperation with other secular groups for our mutual benefit.
7. Consolidate files and documents into a single location and create a Policy Manual from existing policies and identify needed additions.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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Secular Hub Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Barbara Sannwald

Becky Greben

Heili Lehr

Smokey Aldhafiri

Joe Hickman

River Wood

Monica Toole

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 ? 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? 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 11/15/2023

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
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/15/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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.