Who we are | About the AHA

About the AHA

The American Humanist Association has stood as the voice of humanism in the United States for over 70 years.

We strive to bring about a progressive society where being good without gods is an accepted way to live life. We are accomplishing this through our defense of civil liberties and secular governance, by our outreach to the growing number of people without traditional religious faith, and through a continued refinement and advancement of the humanist worldview.

Humanism encompasses a variety of nontheistic views (atheism, agnosticism, rationalism, naturalism, secularism, and so forth) while adding the important element of a comprehensive worldview and set of ethical values---values that are grounded in the philosophy of the Enlightenment, informed by scientific knowledge, and driven by a desire to meet the needs of people in the here and now.

We count humanists and other nontheists as the core of our movement but are always willing to work with friends and allies on issues of common concern. The positions we hold and the actions we take are not simply for our own benefit, but for the betterment of all of society and the world in which we live.

The Organization:

Frequently Asked Questions - Questions about our organization and about humanism answered
Contact us / Staff List - A list of our employees and how to contact us
Board of Directors - Portraits and biographies of our member-elected Board
Board of Advisors - Biographies of our Advisory Board
Humanist of the Year List
- Awardees from 1953 to the present
Past AHA Presidents - A list of AHA presidents through the years
Latest Annual Report (pdf)
2010 IRS Form 990 (pdf)
2007 Strategic Plan (pdf)

What We Do:

Local Chapters - Get involved with a group in your area!
Publications - Browse our various magazines, journals and newsletters
Media Outreach - Check out the various ways we spread out message to the public
Annual Conference - Get information on our upcoming conference!
Legal Center - See humanism fighting for your rights with the Appignani Humanist Legal Center
Education Center - Follow the most recent advances in humanist education with the Kochhar Humanist Education Center
Bioethics Center - Keep up with the latest issues in biotechnology with the Appignani Bioethics Center
Humanist Society - Applying a living humanism to your day-to-day life.
Feminist Caucus - Speak up and be heard on issues important to feminists and humanists!

Opportunities to Get Involved:

Join - Become a member of the American Humanist Association
- Donate to support our efforts
Action Center - Learn how to be an activist in your community
Intership Opportunities - Work with the AHA in our DC offices
Planned Giving - Ensure the advancement of humanism's life-affirming message to countless future generations
Humanist Charities - Provide aid to those in need through a uniquely humanist channel