The Course of Reason On Air Session 2: Light the Night & Hug an Atheist Week
Sam - Introduction to Light the Night and Foundation Beyond Belief.
Why are you participating in Light the Night?
Harrison - It's important to support groups like LLS that actually do science instead of just talking about how we like science. It fulfills one of our goals as humanists.
Ellen - Cancer affects everyone. Supporting LLS helps provide life-saving support to families and victims of cancer, while also showing that non-religious people are doing good in the world.
Brandon - Every student group should get involved in doing good. Participation sends a powerful message that we can unite as atheists/humanists to do good in the world.
How can participation benefit your group?
Ellen - Visible participation in LTN and Hug an Atheist Week elevates the image the non-religious and highlights of what student groups do.
Sam - Participation can elevate the status of not only your group, but also non-religious people in general in the community.
Harrison - Participation in LTN helped our interactions with other campus groups on campus.
Generally boosted our image.
Brandon - Benefitted the group, but also benefitted the individuals in our group. Gave group members an opportunity to "come out" and share their humanistic values with friends and family that may not be comfortable with their non-belief.
What are some other incentives?
Sam - Monetary incentives are available to participating student groups: http://foundationbeyondbelief.org/LLS...
Harrison - Our group was awarded $2,000 from FBB last year to distribute to qualifying local, national organizations.
Sam - Incentives are also available for local groups.
What are some of the practical things that groups need to know about how to participate?
Harrison - Tutorials/instructions on how to set up a team and become associated with FBB in order for the funds your team raises to be eligible for the Stiefel family matching grant can be found at http://fbblls.org/.
Sam - Make sure that your team name ends inn "-FBB" to be eligible for the matching grant.
Ellen - Our group used the Square app to convince students that don't carry cash to donate.
Harrison - There are many tools that LLS provides after you set your team up such as images and online fundraising tools: http://www.lightthenight.org/chapter/...
Cody - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has developed a smartphone app that allows for your group to easily take credit card and check donations. Link: http://www.lls.org/aboutlls/news/subs...
How important is it to set an attainable goal?
Brandon - It's important to set an attainable goal, but keep in mind that you can always change your goal.
What are your groups doing this year to raise money?
- Don't forget to ask your group members; college students can skip a latte for a day.
- We have contacted local churches for "Send an Atheist to Church Day" in exchange for a monetary donation to our group's team.
- Have group members commit to asking 5 family members or friends.
- At a group meeting we are asking members to send emails to friends and family during the meeting.
- Hosting a "Talentless Show" where people perform talents that they are bad at. Charge people to leave the show (Ha!).
- ISSA is planning on hosting a benefit concert at a local pub.
- We were successful in asking local businesses to help raise money for our LTN team.
- Just ask, the worst that they can say is "no."
- Emphasize that your are raising money for cancer research and that any money they help raise is going to be matched dollar for dollar.
What is Hug an Atheist Week and why should groups participate?
Video of ISSA's Hug an Atheist Light the Night fundraiser from last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGls2L...
Sam - HAAW is a great opportunity to get your group involved in Light the Night. It's the ideal fundraiser for student groups and elevates the status of your local non-religious community and gives your group members something fun to do.
- Beyond actually raising a lot of money for our Light the Night our group members had a lot of fun. Emphasizing that donations will be matched can push campus members to donat.
- Having different levels of hugs (i.e. $1 for quick hug, $5 for group hug) was fun and useful.
- Keep in mind some people don't necessarily want to be hugged. Give people options.
- Make sure there are people of both genders giving hugs to make everyone is comfortable and having fun!
What are the incentives for participating in Hug an Atheist Week for Light the Night?
Sam - Again the date of Hug an Atheist Week is Oct. 1-7. The Stiefel Freethought Foundation is providing $100 grants to participating student groups if they create a video of their experience.
More info at: http://www.centerforinquiry.net/oncam...