A quarter million reasons to make an impact.

October 10, 2016

We have some important news to share with you—news that is both tremendously exciting and incredibly urgent

You may know Louis Appignani. With a deep dedication to secular principles and the courage to stand up and speak out for the rights of the nonreligious, Louis has been a vital driving force for the remarkable progress of our movement.

Just this year he endowed the first-ever “atheist studies” chair at an American university: the Appignani Foundation Chair for the Study of Atheism, Humanism and Secular Ethics at the University of Miami. It’s an extraordinary legacy, and one that he continues to build on.

Now, Louis Appignani is turning his focus to you, as someone who supports our mission to advance reason, science, and secularism. Today he presents you with a challenge. 

From now until the end of 2016, Louis has generously agreed to match every single donation to the Center for Inquiry and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science…

all the way up to a quarter million dollars.


He will double the power of every contribution. He is giving you, and all of us, the opportunity to make an incredible impact in support of evidence-based thinking.

But to make this impact, we must first meet his challenge. 

Your tax-deductible contributions will only be matched if we can raise the full quarter million dollars by December 31.

If we succeed, you will have helped give new strength and impact to our cause.

We know you can make this happen. Because you know how CFI and the Richard Dawkins Foundation are needed now more than ever.

You know how irrationality, superstition, conspiracy theories, and religious dogma have infused themselves into public policy, education, the media, and even the presidential election. 

You know that in many parts of the world freethinkers are in mortal danger, and the right to question and criticize ideas is being snuffed out. 

You know that humanists, skeptics, and critical thinkers everywhere need the kinds of resources, publications, programming, and community that our institutions provide.  

So don’t wait. We cannot miss this singular opportunity. Give now, as generously as you can. If we all come together, we can meet the Appignani Quarter Million Dollar Challenge, and take our movement further than ever before. 

Giving is easy:

  • Go online to centerforinquiry.net and click Support, or go to richarddawkins.net and click Join.
  • OR you can also call our toll-free number 24/7 and speak to an operator: 800-818-7071.
  • OR you can mail a check to Center for Inquiry, PO Box 741, Amherst, NY 14226.

All of these options count toward the Appignani Quarter Million Dollar Challenge… if you give now.

Thank you.

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Robyn E. Blumner
CEO, Center for Inquiry
President and CEO, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science

P.S. A gift of stock before the end of December will also qualify for the Appignani match, and may provide additional benefits to you. Ask your financial advisor, and then contact Martina Fern, our Vice President for Philanthropy, at mfern@centerforinquiry.net or 1-800-818-7071 x426.

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to both the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and will soon be home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at www.centerforinquiry.net.