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SSA Member Issues $50,000 Challenge to the Secular Community: Support the Secular Student Alliance

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You did it! Hundreds of you answered Todd Stiefel's $50,000 challenge and you matched his whole challenge. You did it 13 days before his 12/21/09 deadline. Thank you so much! Of course, your gift today is just as important as ever. Please help build on this success and give today.

What level of support for a secular future makes you HAPPY and PROUD? Donate by Dec. 21 and your money will be matched dollar for dollar!

I salute Todd Stiefel for his matching offer, and am recommending to the Trustees of the Richard Dawkins Foundation that we should contribute. The Student Secular Alliance is the future. Or it had better be, if there is to be any future worth having! - Richard Dawkins

Secular Student Alliance member Todd Stiefel knows that 2009 has been a fantastic growth year for the Secular Student Alliance. Not only has our affiliate count continued to rise dramatically (almost 20 new groups just since our August conference!), but SSA services have facilitated an incredible variety of campus activities and events promoting secular values and visibility for freethinking youth. (For more detail, be sure to read our Activity Summary.)

Recently Todd learned that the 2009 economy has presented difficult fundraising challenges for the Secular Student Alliance, a completely independent organization that relies entirely on the secular community to continue its work. From January 1, 2009 to October 1, 2009 the SSA took in approximately $93,000 -- a full $60,000 less than in the same period for 2008. Our successes are far outpacing our resources -- meaning we need more help than we've ever needed in order to accomplish more good than we've ever been in a position to accomplish.

Todd told us he wants to make 2009 as strong financially for SSA as it has been programmatically. He is offering a $50,000 matching challenge to the rest of the secular community to support the Secular Student Alliance.

Since the challenge began on October 8th, we've already raised over $17,000. The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science has pledged an additional $5,000 towards the match. But there is still a long way to go and we need your help.

Specifically, Todd Stiefel will match all donations to the Secular Student Alliance from now through 12/21/2009, up to a total of $50,000. Please Donate Now and see the impact of your gift instantly doubled!

This offer includes donations, monthly giving, membership dues, and any other contribution to the Secular Student Alliance given by 12/21/2009. Only income raised from now until Dec. 21 qualifies for this dollar-for-dollar match; Todd's funding is entirely contingent on your financial support. Please help us meet Todd Stiefel's challenge so we can start 2010 with the resources required to keep up the momentum of our incredible growth.

Make a tax deductible donation to the Secular Student Alliance now and double the power of your gift.

Double Your Impact

Thank you for your support of the Secular Student Alliance!

--
August E. Brunsman IV
Executive Director
Secular Student Alliance
www.secularstudents.org
P.O. Box 2371
Columbus, OH 43216
614-441-9588

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