Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science


Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDFRS or RDF) is a non-profit organization founded by biologist Richard Dawkins in 2006. It is trusteed by Dawkins and Claire Enders in the United Kingdom along with Karen Owens in the United States.cite web |url=http://www.richarddawkins.net/foundation,ourMission |title=Our Mission |accessdate=2006-11-17 |work=richarddawkins.net |publisher=The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science] The British Foundation is registered as Charity Number 1119952.

Among its planned activities, RDFRS will finance research into the psychology of belief and religion, finance scientific education programs and materials, and publicize and support secular charitable organizations.

On 2 April, 2007, an online shop was launched on the Foundation website, with "Growing Up in the Universe" – a DVD of lectures from 1991 – the first release on sale.

As of 14 September, 2007, it has been approved for non-profit status in the United States and United Kingdom. In the US, this means that a taxpayer who donates to RDFRS is entitled to apply to the IRS for a tax refund. [cite web |title=The Four Horsemen: Available Now on DVD |url=http://richarddawkinsfoundation.org/#092007 |work=richarddawkinsfoundation.org |publisher=The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science |accessdate=2008-04-27] UK donors can complete a gift aid form to enable the foundation to claim back the tax on their donation.

Theist author Marion Ledwig suggests that the foundation may have been set up as an atheist counterpart to the John Templeton Foundation, [cite book |title=God's Rational Warriors |year=2008 |first=Marion |last=Ledwig |publisher=Ontos-Verlag |pages=p. 76 |id=ISBN 978-3-938793-87-9] an organization which Dawkins has publicly criticized for corrupting science, especially in "The God Delusion". Dawkins had in TED talk, prior to writing "The God Delusion", called out for the need for an "anti-Templeton" to step up, saying that if his books sold better, he would do that himself.

ee also

*Out Campaign
*Brights movement

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External links

* [http://richarddawkinsfoundation.org/ Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science] – Official website
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