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Oct 27 2011

Matching Funds for the SSA

Yesterday, I asked those of you with Reddit accounts to help out the Secular Student Alliance, who were being drummed off the front page. It was a trivial thing, really, but it required only a trivial response. Thank you to those of you who gave the couple of clicks required.

Now the SSA has a bigger opportunity. The catch, of course, is that it requires a larger action on your part to help them. An SSA member has pledged funds of up to $20,000 to the SSA to match donations made between now and December 31. This includes both plain old donations of any size and memberships purchased during that time (which are also tax-deductible for those in the U.S.). Given that student memberships are only $10 and other memberships start at $35, this is a good time to swell their ranks.

Why? Because the SSA is there to support nonreligious students when, all too often, no one else is. In their own words:

We work to organize and empower nonreligious students around the country. Our primary goal is to foster successful grassroots campus groups which provide a welcoming community for secular students to discuss their views and promote their secular values. Though our office is based in Columbus, Ohio and our affiliated campus groups are predominantly in the United States, we do support affiliates around the world.

How We Support Student Groups
We support our affiliates in a variety of ways, including supplying literature and outreach supplies, group-running guides, hands-on assistance, discounted access to prominent speakers, and monetary project grants.

For individual students, we cooperate with other national nontheistic organizations to get discounted students rates for large events and provide travel grants to help the students attend. We hold regional summits and a national conference each year to give students leadership training and the opportunity to network and problem-solve with their peers.

The Secular Student Alliance devotes the majority of its resources to supporting its affiliate groups. We only offer this support to groups that further our mission. We have developed a set of standards to help campus groups determine if they should seek affiliation with us.

This includes high school groups as well as college, for a total of 314 campuses–and growing quickly.

So if you can, support their mission. Become a member or just give a little bit to help make sure someone else gives more.

And hey, whether or not you do that, they’re still looking for people to help them beat Campus Crusade for Christ in Facebook popularity. Yes, this one is trivial too, but again, it only takes two clicks.

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