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.