Foundation Seeks to Instill Charitable Values 'Beyond Belief’

A New Group Seeks to Organize Giving by Secular Donors 1

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When Dale McGowan learned church attendance was falling, he says 'that struck me as a potential crisis for philanthropy in America." His charity, which seeks to encourage giving among those who do not follow organized religion, supports groups such as Refugees International and Wildlife Trust.

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Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard University News Office

When Dale McGowan learned church attendance was falling, he says 'that struck me as a potential crisis for philanthropy in America." His charity, which seeks to encourage giving among those who do not follow organized religion, supports groups such as Refugees International and Wildlife Trust.

Dale McGowan was raised in what he calls a “nominally Christian home” and sampled about nine Christian denominations before concluding as an adult that he identified as a secular humanist. However, he says, “I was always interested in the questions” that theology raised about life’s purpose. Four years ago, he left his career as a college professor to focus on writing, producing two books devoted to raising children without religion, Parenting Beyond