Skeptics and Humanists Aid and Relief Efforts (SHARE)
SHARE began as a project of the Council for Secular Humanism to provide an alternative for those who wish to contribute to disaster relief efforts without the intermediary of a religious organization. At that time SHARE was called the Secular Humanist Aid and Relief Effort and was a program of the Council for Secular Humanism. The Council has been the leading organization promoting the rights and values of secular humanists in the U.S. and abroad for the last thirty years.
In early 2010, the SHARE program was renamed Skeptics and Humanists Aid and Relief Effort, still maintaining the acronym SHARE The SHARE program was also moved under the umbrella of the Center for Inquiry.
Many people who are skeptics and humanists are frustrated that so many charitable organizations, especially those that help people afflicted by natural or human disasters, have efforts coordinated by religious organizations. These organizations sometimes proselytize to the people in need of their services. This is entirely unacceptable to skeptics and secular humanists.
The money collected through SHARE goes directly to secular relief efforts in the nations or areas afflicted. By donating to SHARE, you can pool your resources with other like-minded individuals who wish to effect change in the world.
- Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
On November 8, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines. On behalf of skeptics and humanists SHARE has stepped up and collected nearly $40,000 to assist the victims of the super typhoon. All funds collected will be sent to Oxfam to provide clean-up and relief assistance to the people of the Philippines.
- Joplin, Missouri, Tornado Relief
On May 22, 2011 a devastating tornado ravaged Joplin, Missouri. SHARE provided assistance to victims of the tornado by contributing close to $11,000. All money collected was sent directly to the Red Cross and used for medical care and relief assistance in Joplin.
- Earthquakes/Tsunami in Japan
SHARE collected over $40,500 to assist the victims of the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan. All money collected was sent directly to the Red Cross to provide medical care and relief assistance to the people of Japan.
- Flooding in Pakistan
SHARE collected nearly $13,000 to assist victims of the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan. The money was sent directly to Oxfam to provide food and clean water to the people of Pakistan.
- Earthquake in Haiti:
SHARE has collected over $100,000 for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The funds have been donated to Doctors without Borders to be used for medical supplies and medical relief.
- Earthquake in China:
SHARE raised over $8,745 to assist the victims of the earthquake in China. The funds were donated to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA.)
- Tornado Relief:
SHARE provided the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee with $5,050.
- California Wildfires:
SHARE contributed $4,985 to the Los Angeles Times Wildfire Fund to help low-income victims of the California wild fires.
- Veteran’s Hospital in Buffalo, New York:
SHARE has held two “Rocking for Relief” events to raise money for extra needs for veterans at the Veteran’s Hospital in Buffalo, New York, raising $5,000.
- Hurricane Katrina:
SHARE collected over $80,000 for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The funds were donated to Americares, a secular organization, to be used for medical supplies and medical relief.
SHARE collected over $45,000 for the Tsunami victims in Sri Lanka in 2005. Arthur C. Clarke, a Humanist Laureate who resided in Sri Lanka until his death, suggested that the funds be donated to the nonprofit organization Sarvodaya.
Alan Kinniburgh, PhD
Development Director and SHARE Coordinator
Center for Inquiry
Phone: 716-636-4869, ext. 427