Charitable Links

logos of various humanitarian charities that we supportSupporting humanitarian charities is an integral part of our promotion of secular humanism through the work we do in Scotland. We support causes engaged in humanitarian work, both nationally and internationally, from funds received through our activities and donations. Everyone choosing one of our celebrants to help mark life’s important occasions is helping us support these humanitarian causes. Our celebrant members contribute funds from ceremonies fees received and voluntarily administer our organisation (no one is remunerated for running HFofS and give their time voluntarily). Donations kindly made to us also go towards supporting these humanitarian charities.

We strive to contribute to humanitarian causes meeting as broad a range of needs as possible. Children are the future of humankind but not all are fortunate enough to enjoy good health or have a loving and stable home life. When disasters strike others around the world we can assist those who are able respond to emergency situations and reach those in need. We strive to support our fellow human beings at the end of life, the beginning of life and during difficult times in between. Caring for each other, the world we live in and the creatures we share it with is fundamental to our approach. We are delighted to have expanded our breadth of support and will continue to do so as we are able.

Humanitarian Charities Supported by The Humanist Fellowship of Scotland


borderschildrenscharity Borders Children’s Charity

Providing household items, clothing, specialist equipment, holidays for young carers and activities for children in difficult circumstances. Run by volunteers with few overheads, 99% of funds go to these.

Centre for Human Ecology


An independent academic institute, network existing to stimulate and support fundamental change towards ecological and social justice through education, action and research, drawing on a holistic, multidisciplinary understanding of environmental and social systems.

cclasp_logo_blue1Children with Cancer and Leukemia Advice & Support for Parents

Helping support children and teenagers suffering from cancer or leukaemia and supporting groups of families, to express and share the feelings, anxieties and the horror of having a child with a life threatening illness.

Equality Network


Aims to bring about equality and improve the human rights situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people in Scotland to help make Scotland a place in which everyone, whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity, can

live free from hatred, prejudice and discrimination.

 The Jabulani Project

jabulaniProjectThis James Gillespie High School project is empowering people from Scotland and South Africa to make a difference and add lasting value to society. Provides a link with Zwelibanzi and Dloko High Schools, Durban to support projects and facilitate cultural & educational exchange.

Linda1Linda Norgrove Foundation

A grant-giving trust funding education, health and childcare for women and children affected by the war in Afghanistan. In October 2010, the Scottish aid worker Linda Norgrove was killed in Afghanistan whilst carrying out the development work she was involved in. In her memory, the Linda Norgrove Foundation was set up.

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) brings 13 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly: Action Aid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision.

SOS Children’s Villages

soschildrensvillages1Supporting vulnerable children, families and their communities to flourish. Working around the world for over 60 years to achieve the belief that every child should belong to a family and grow up with love, respect and security.

msf_logoMedicines Sans Frontiers

Doctors without borders – international network of volunteers, field projects and offices giving humanitarian aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics and other disasters.

petfosteringPet Fostering Scotland

Short term emergency care service by volunteer foster carers to support pet owners temporarily unable to care for companion animals due to accident, illness or emergency (eg homelessness, domestic abuse).

richmondshope2Richmond’s Hope

Richmond’s Hope is based in Richmond Craigmillar Church in Niddrie in Edinburgh.   Our team is made up of five members of staff.  Four of them (three female and one male) are trained in child bereavement.   Our management team is made up of our senior project worker and our office manager.   We take referrals from families who live within the bounds of the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian. In Midlothian we operate from a room in St. John’s and King’s Park Church in Dalkeith.

We believe we can make a difference in the lives of children who have been bereaved by supporting them through their grief using therapeutic play providing a safe haven for them to work out their feelings.

Sreepur Village, Bangladesh


A small, grass roots, non-religious, non-political organisation working with destitute mothers and their children to give the health, knowledge and skills needed to function independently in society. Providing safety, a loving environment, food, clothing, education, and vocational training to help people look forward to independent lives in their communities. Other related programmes support vulnerable (eg trafficked or abandoned) children and fostering.

 World Child Cancer

WCC_logo1Providing treatment or effective pain relief for children with cancer outside of the developed world. By twinning international hospitals and volunteer specialists with teams abroad and help build local knowledge.

MC_Logo1 Marie Curie Cancer Care

Caring for people with all terminal illnesses, providing free practical care and emotional support at home or in their hospices.

Additional causes to which we have given occasional support include:

– Children in Need

– DEC phillipenes and ebola campaigns

– Teenage Cancer Trust via Stephen Sutton Campaign

Make a Donation

If you would like to help the Humanist Fellowship of Scotland continue to promote secular humanism and humanitarian work we gratefully accept donations via PayPal, or get in touch.