Council for Secular Humanism has 'extraordinary' budget crisis

I just got the latest issue of Free Inquiry, which is published by the Council for Secular Humanism. The most interesting item is on page 10 and its headline reads:

We Need Your Immediate Help to Close an Extraordinary Budget Gap!

Apparently, the Council has relied heavily on a wealthy and generous donor whose $800,000 annual contribution provided roughly 25 percent of the revenue for the Council, the Center for Inquiry and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

This year, however, the donor decided to withhold his annual gift, and now the organization is “forced to cut down to the bone”, laying off employees and closing its offices in Tampa and Washington, D.C.

The second most interesting item is on page 6 and is headlined:

Free Inquiry Founder, Editor in Chief Paul Kurtz Resigns

There may be some linkage between Kurtz’s resignation and the donor’s decision to withhold funds. But that’s not clear. The organization has posted a fascinating Frequently Asked Questions sheet here.

Updated: July 26, 2010 — 4:41 pm

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  1. The fact sheet is awfully strange. It makes no attempt to put a favorable spin on two unattractive facts– that the officers were clueless about the reason for the withheld donation and that they were powerless to change the situation. Furthermore, they didn’t have to make such a stark and public admission. Apparently PR was not their main concern. Otherwise they would have been much more quiet and low key. If forced to say something they might either dismiss the matter as no big deal or else blame their problems on some evil political enemy.

    What Would Benny Do?

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