Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Secular Student Alliance

  • Columbus, OH
  • www.secularstudents.org

Mission Statement

The Secular Student Alliance empowers secular students to proudly express their identity, build welcoming communities, promote secular values, and set a course for lifelong activism.

We envision a future in which secular students lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, thrive as valued members of society, and provide visionary leadership committed to humanistic ideals and critical inquiry.

Main Programs

  1. Affiliate Program
  2. Regional Program
  3. Student Acivist Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Since we are based in Ohio, we are best situated to serve groups in the United States.  We do try to work with other national level secular student support networks in other countries, but we focus on assisting affiliate groups located in the United States. We also have regional staff members serving the Southeastern United States, Southwest United States, and Mideast United States.

ruling year

2014

Principal Officer

Self-reported

August E. Brunsman IV

Keywords

Self-reported

atheist, humanist, education, secular, agnostic, student

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EIN

41-1967141

 Number

4761081368

Physical Address

1550 Old Henderson Rd Suite W200

Columbus, OH 43220

Also Known As

SSA

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Minority Rights (R22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

We would love to provide every college and high school student in the U.S. with a way to engage their community as a secular citizen.  Specifically, we would like to have a chapter of the Secular Student Alliance at every college and high school.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Affiliate Program

As valuable as a national community is, there’s nothing like a local community. Campus groups play an enormous role in shaping student life. Campuses usually financially support these groups, as campus groups are a key component of student life at high schools and colleges. SSA campus affiliate groups provide an astoundingly powerful way to normalize secular identity and advance secular values on campuses all over the country.

By providing the student leaders of these groups the tools they need to strengthen their groups, we empower them as activists and enable them to make lasting change. These groups give community to secular students, allowing them to advocate for secular issues, engage in service projects, and educate their campuses on the positive aspects of secularism.They also provide student leaders with the experiences necessary to be outspoken secular leaders for the rest of their lives.

In addition to educational materials, promotional materials, a Speakers Bureau, and hundreds of pages of Group Running Resources, we offer hands on help from staffers who are intimately familiar with how to grow communities and make a big splash on campus.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

144567.00

Program 2

Regional Program

To keep the national Secular Student Alliance organization effective for individual student groups, it has been necessary to specify the organization into smaller, manageable units. Regionalization offers a simple way for the Secular Student Alliance to do this, and provide more hands on support for our affiliate groups.

Category

Advocacy

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

197000.00

Program 3

Student Acivist Program

While working with affiliate groups is crucial to build communities on campuses, it is also important to support and recognize the work individual student activists, who do not or cannot for an affiliate group, are doing.

We empower these students by offering free memberships to the national organization, offering grants and scholarships, and running the Secular Safe Zone.

Secular students are often bullied or harassed by their peers. In order to stem this tide of discrimination and alienation, the Secular Safe Zone is working to build a network of Allies to provide community and support to non-theists around the nation. To accomplish this, the Secular Safe Zone program trains Allies and Facilitators to create safe spaces for non-theists and encourage acceptance, understanding, and tolerance. Allies are also trained to recognize and respond to issues of discrimination, harassment, and bullying that non-theists may come up against.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

92000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Secular Student Alliance seeks to empower students and student communities serving secular individuals across the United States. We want everyone to have a safe space to be free from prejudice and bullying because of their beliefs, and wish to help students become better activists.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We seek to empower students by building a grassroots network of secular activists on campuses across the United States.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a team of four Campus Organizing staff members at the national level to work with individual students and with affiliate groups.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We annually audit our affiliate group base in order to determine which of our services and resources are used and useful, and which are no longer wanted.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We currently have over 250 affiliate groups at high schools and colleges across the country, and over 3,000 individual student members.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Since we are based in Ohio, we are best situated to serve groups in the United States.  We do try to work with other national level secular student support networks in other countries, but we focus on assisting affiliate groups located in the United States. We also have regional staff members serving the Southeastern United States, Southwest United States, and Mideast United States.

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Secular Student Alliance
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Secular Student Alliance

Leadership

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Principal Officer

August E. Brunsman IV

BIO

August graduated with a Bachelors of Science, with honors and distinction in Psychology from the Ohio State University in 2001. He also minored in Mathematics and Cognitive Science. He is a member of the Mortar Board, Golden Key, and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. He is the co-founder of Students For Freethought at the Ohio State University, and was President of that group from summer of 1997 to the summer of 2000. He has been a Camp Quest counselor since 1999 and is now the volunteer director of Camp Quest Ohio. He a board member of the board of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio. He held the office of Treasurer for the Campus Freethought Alliance for the 98-99 school year and was the Internet Resources Director for the 99-00 school year. He is also co-founder and operator of godoffmoney.com.  He is the Secretary of the Secular Coalition for America.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Alex DiBranco

Secular Student Alliance

Term: May 2013 -

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