Even though it’s been a challenging year of deflecting the Trump-Pence administration’s attacks on church-state separation, we at Americans United have much to be grateful for as we reflect on 2017 and look ahead to the months to come.
It’s been heartwarming to see the Americans who have stepped up and pushed back against these threats to religious freedom – from those who’ve spoken out to oppose attempts by Trump and Congress to undermine the Johnson Amendment to the women who’ve joined the lawsuit we filed last month to challenge the administration’s discriminatory rules that allow employers and universities to cite religion as justification for denying women access to birth control.
We’re also incredibly thankful for those who have supported our work – whether you’ve been with us for years or were motivated to join us in response to these latest attacks on religious freedom. We couldn’t do this without you.
As we enter the giving season, if you’d like to make a gift to Americans United, we’d be so grateful for your support. And thanks to generous matching gifts from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and several AU donors, your impact could be quadrupled this #GivingTuesday if you donate through Facebook.
Starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, when you make a donation using the “donate” button on our Facebook page, or if you create an AU fundraiser through your own Facebook page, those donations will be matched. And all fees will be waived for the day, which means every dollar we raise will be used to protect church-state separation.
But bear this mind: If you’re planning to make a donation on #GivingTuesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is only matching Facebook donations to all U.S. nonprofits up to a total of $2 million – so it’s first come, first served. Making the donation through Facebook as soon as you can after 8 a.m. would be very helpful.
If you want to create a fundraiser for AU that your own Facebook friends can contribute to, you can find a link for “Fundraisers” on AU’s Facebook page, or go to this Facebook fundraisers page and select Americans United for Separation of Church and State as the nonprofit you’d like to help.
You’ll be prompted to set a goal for the amount you want to raise (it could be matched up to $1,000) and how long the fundraiser will last. You can personalize the fundraiser’s message to indicate why you’re supporting Americans United on #GivingTuesday, and you can choose from images we’ve provided to illustrate the fundraiser when it appears on your Facebook page.
Once you’ve created your fundraiser (you can do it the night before so that it’s ready to go for 8 a.m. Tuesday), promote the fundraiser as much as you can by sharing it and tagging friends, especially those who you think are most likely to support church-state separation.
In addition to making a donation through Facebook on #GivingTuesday, there are other ways you can support Americans United. If you will be using Amazon to shop this weekend or any time, keep in mind that the company will donate 0.5 percent of the amount of your qualified purchases to AU if you designate Americans United as your preferred charity and begin your shopping at the Amazon Smile website.
If you make a donation, you can check this website to see if your employer is participating in the Double the Donation program to match your gift – which also doubles the impact of your donation.
And if you’re active on Facebook or Twitter, let your friends and followers know you supported Americans United on #GivingTuesday and encourage them to do the same. Every voice helps to amplify our work.
We’re expecting more of the same from the Trump-Pence administration in 2018, so we appreciate all of the support you can send our way. Americans United has been here for 70 years, protecting the rights of all Americans to practice their religion – or no religion – however they choose, as long as they don’t harm others. We’ll continue to support a high, firm wall of separation between church and state, and we appreciate you standing with us. Thank you!