For many years, an anonymous donor has provided very generous support to the Council for Secular Humanism, an affiliate of the Center for Inquiry (CFI). In recent years, this donor has given $800,000 annually. This sum is equivalent to about 25% of the annual combined public support for CFI and its two operating affiliates, Council and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI).
It appears this donor will not be providing any gift this year. No information has been forthcoming from the donor concerning the donor’s intent, and repeated efforts to contact the donor have elicited no response.
Now CFI is forced to cut down to the bone. CFI is making very painful decisions — laying off several employees, and, although programs will continue, CFI is moving out of our offices in Tampa and Washington, D.C. While reluctant to take these measures, they have no choice, as indicated.
But this means that if CFI is to sustain operations and avoid further reductions, there is a need for supporters to rally behind them. Given the extraordinary situation, there is a great need for an extraordinary outpouring of support.
We ask you to stand with us so we can meet this daunting financial challenge. Please donate as generously as you can—today. Or if you prefer to donate by telephone, please call 1-800-818-7071 during business hours Eastern time. If you wish to make your contribution as a multi-year pledge, please download our pledge form . To learn more about our current budget gap, view the fact sheet .
For those interested in helping Washington DC keep a Center, we will have a fundraiser in July, but if you would like to donate now, please call or email Melody Hensley to make a donation directly to the DC Center: firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-879-4499