The year 2011 winds down, but our plans for 2012 are winding up, as you would expect. Your much-needed support of the James Randi Educational Foundation will help us to continue battling unreason in our society.
I’m writing today about your opportunity to help us reach our goal, and to tell you to that thanks to a very generous and long-time friend of the JREF, one who recognizes that we are uniquely positioned to respond to harmful claims made by peddlers of woo-woo in our society, all donations up to $150,000 through the end of the year will be matched – dollar-for-dollar!
But please note: we have only a few days left in this 2011 year-end campaign to raise the money we’ll need to fight the charlatans and enable people to defend themselves from paranormal and pseudoscientific frauds. I'm asking you to help us stand up for reason and continue battling for you and other skeptics and science-minded citizens in the coming year.
Folks, this means that we have a great opportunity — for a limited time, you have a chance to take your important support of our work to the next level, and make your gift go twice as far. Donate to the JREF today, and the impact of your support will be doubled — but only if you contribute before the end of the year.
Your contribution will enable us to:
- Expose paranormal and pseudoscientific frauds promoted in the media. Uniquely among organizations who oppose unreason, we challenge the Sylvia Brownes and the quacks with our $1 million dollar prize for anyone who can prove a paranormal ability under fair conditions.
- Support skeptical activists and the important grassroots consumer advocates who stand up for the public’s right to know the real facts.
- Create and inspire the investigative spirit in a new generation of critical thinkers, by providing grants and free teaching resources to educators, scholarships for students, and free resources for the classroom.
- And reach new audiences through digital publishing initiatives including podcasts, online video, ebooks and mobile apps.
I wish I could share with you just a few of the letters we get from folks out there in the wider world who contact us to express their gratitude that we exist, and that we function in their interest. Add to that the reception we’ve received at our numerous public events and appearances this past year, including The Amaz!ing Meeting 2011, where I personally “pressed the flesh” with those – literally – thousands of supporters of our unique mission. I also toured Canada – nine major cities in nine days! – an experience which was both humbling and inspiring. And add to that talks throughout Norway, Spain, and the United States. The fact that critical thinking and skepticism helps people here and abroad, is really catching on, and we want to do even more in 2012.
For these reasons and more, I’m asking you to support the JREF at this critical time. Personally, I’ve worked for decades to help make the world a little saner, and all of us at the JREF are dedicated, more than ever, to promote critical thinking and skepticism. I truly believe that this has been the most effective year on record for our organization, and I’m very optimistic that with your help, we can achieve even more for the cause of reason in 2012.
We can do it. Thank you.
P.P.S. – I’m told that we still have a few of this year's Season of Reason ornament in stock. Don't miss your chance to keep your collection – and the JREF – going strong!.