Two Great Freethought Organizations Are Now One

December 31, 2016

Center for Inquiry and Richard Dawkins Foundation Now Formally Merged

At the beginning of 2016, the Center for Inquiry and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science began a partnership, combining the people, programs, and resources of these two extraordinary organizations to better advance our shared mission for reason, science, and secularism. Throughout the year, CFI and RDFRS have worked with passion and purpose to combat religion’s incursions into government, to expose pseudoscientific boondoggles, to support global freedom of expression, and to foster strong communities for secularists, skeptics, humanists, and other nonbelievers. All this while behind the scenes, the final pieces were being set into place to formalize this partnership, a complicated process that took significant time and effort.

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Today we are proud to tell you that on December 31, the Center for Inquiry and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science will officially — and legally — become one single institution. 

As we announced back in January, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science will now become a division of the new Center for Inquiry, as active as ever, bringing in such programs as Openly Secular and the Teachers Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES). CFI brings its foundational programs, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism, along with the Office of Public PolicyCFI On CampusAfrican Americans for Humanism, and its vast network of local branches.

“This is a wonderful way to end an eventful and tumultuous year,” said Robyn Blumner, who took on the role of CEO of CFI in January, and will now also become President of the organization. “In 2017, there will be determined assaults on the secular character of our government, and the foundational role of science and facts in public policy will be challenged in new and dangerous ways. But now there’s a stronger Center for Inquiry ready to meet those challenges head on.”

Former CEO Ronald A. Lindsay, who until now retained the title of President during this transition, will to our delight remain a Senior Research Fellow with CFI. Richard Dawkins will join CFI’s Board of Directors, along with RDFRS board members David Cowan and Andy Thomson.

“I am deeply gratified that the Center for Inquiry has now formally merged with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason,” said Eddie Tabash, Chair of the CFI Board of Directors. “We must continue the struggle for the full equality of atheists and other religious dissenters. We must continue to fight to preserve the scientific/empirical method in the crafting of public policy. No one should ever lose their legally available freedoms because of nothing more than the religious beliefs of someone else.”

Of course, a new organization needs a new logo! Designed by Pink Jacket Studio, the new Center for Inquiry logo both honors and modernizes the established lowercase “cfi” icon, now with the Dawkins Foundation’s DNA double helix powering the flame that is our “candle in the dark.” We hope you like it as much as we do. Throughout 2017, expect to see further changes in the new CFI’s branding and improvements to our digital presence.


We’ve been building up to this great moment for a year, and we’re incredibly excited to bring our work to new heights as a bigger, more impactful, unified organization for reason, science, and secularism. And it’s the support of people like you that have made this moment possible, and will continue to make possible in the years ahead. If you haven’t already, become a member of the new Center for Inquiry today.

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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