Our aim is to build a supportive community of people who share a vision of society based on our core values: honesty,
justice, compassion, responsibility, and courage. This community promotes these values by engaging in important social issues, seeking to both understand them and
take action on them. We are committed to working toward a more ethical society and a world that lives by humanist values.
What is the relationship between religion and birth rates and what does it mean for the global population? BEC President, Brian King, will present a brief overview of the work of the Gapminder Foundation and its efforts to use statistics and data visualization to show trends in the health and wealth of countries around the world and to promote sustainable global development. A video and discussion of a TED talk by Hans Rosling, a physician, statistician, and Professor of International Health at Karolinska Intsitute in Sweden will follow.
Today, we’re announcing the launch of a grantmaking initiative, the first in the organization’s history. We will begin accepting proposals on April 18, 2016, and expect to announce the award of the first grant this fall.
The grantmaking approach will favor projects having measurable impact on the broader community and the potential to create long-lasting change. For 2016, BEC has identified a broad set of areas of interest, including racial justice, climate change awareness, civil liberties, homeless advocacy, public health, and voting rights. Grants will range from $5000 to $10,000.
BEC is partnering with Associated Grant Makers of Boston (agmconnect.org) to facilitate the grantmaking process. AGM members can access the Request for Proposal on their site. Complete information on the grant initiative is also available at bostonethical.org/philanthropy.
“In launching this initiative, we’re using our financial resources to help other organizations carry out important programs that align with our core values”, said BEC President Brian King. “We believe this is the most effective way to expand our service to the wider community”.
We’re excited! If you are connected to a nonprofit based in Greater Boston that has a program that needs funding, please go to our philanthropy page to learn more.