Moreover: Thanks for your comments. I should chime in to say that while CFI has many supporters no longer in college (out of college and “graying”), by many measures the fastest growing segment of supporters are on college campuses, college-aged. Year after year, we’ve been dramatically increasing the number of events we co-sponsor, underwrite and organize a semester, and it is all we can do to keep up with interest on the campuses. In addition, our summer leadership conference has been growing by about 30% each year. When we started campus outreach over a decade ago, we didnt anticipate such support on the campuses, and it gratifies us. We easily do four times than what any other organization is able to accomplish on the campuses, and that is largely due to our support from CSI and CSH and CFI’s other component organizations, along with our growing network of off-campus “anchor points” that work with us to impact the colleges in their areas (these anchor points are the ten Centers for Inquiry in North America).
About SSA: despite the fact that it split-off from CFI years ago due to anger of a small group of well-meaning student volunteers about how best to spend CFI’s (CSH’s at the time) financial resources, among other things, many of our campus affiliates co-affiliate with SSA, and we encourage that, since these affiliates should get as much support from as many quarters as possible. And despite the fact that SSA is now the campus outreach program of another split-organization headed up by a former executive of CFI’s (I refer to the Institute for Humanist Studies, which, despite its small budget, is able to give about $120,00 in grants each year to freethought causes, including SSA), we all work together to advance our shared aims at the schools.
Its with the goals you identify in mind that we aim for the campuses. As you say, “If we fail to reach young people strategically and in greater numbers our movement will not have much of an impact.” CFI’s campus outreach is our number one priority—one of a zillion number one priorities