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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.

Turn Your Vacations into Donations for the Secular Student Alliance

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Eiffel TowerSo we know it sounds hokey, but you can support the Secular Student Alliance by booking your travel via our travel gateway. You'll pay the same low rates that you would find on the major travel gateways, but a percentage of your purchase price goes to the Secular Student Alliance for us to use to advance our mission. Go ahead and compare rates with the other gateways, and if we have the best price, book it with us and support us.

Be it traveling home for the holidays, going on a great spring break trip, or presenting at a conference, our gateway has all the same services (flights, cars, hotels, cruises, package vacations). Check it out today and give it a try.

Richard Dawkins "The Greatest Show on Earth" U.S. Book Tour

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The Greatest Show on EarthThe Secular Student Alliance, cooperating with the Center for Inquiry On Campus and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, is pleased to announce a series of upcoming events featuring Richard Dawkins, renowned scientist and public intellectual, discussing his new book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. These appearances are hosted and organized by various local and national organizations. Many of these events are free, but due to high demand, plan to arrive early to the event site. U.S. events are being held at the locations below:

Sean Faircloth, One Nation Under the Constitution

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At the Secular Student Alliance 2009 Conference, the new executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, Sean Faircloth, gave the first public presentation of his talk "One Nation Under the Constitution."

We're happy to share the video of this great talk for you to enjoy!

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