Annual Report 2019: reviewing a successful year, and plans for the future

  • post Type / Humanists International News
  • Date / 8 September 2020

Humanists International has published its 2019 Annual Report, highlighting many achievements and setting out its bold ambitions for the future.

Among the highlights are:

  • A 70% increase in income;
  • Over £100,000 ($130,000 USD) given out in growth and development grants;
  • Plans to recruit a new staff position, the Humanists at Risk Coordinator.

Ahead of its General Assembly in October 2020, delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Humanists International has published its annual review of activities and funding in 2020. The report highlights some key achievements of the organisation, including its new plans for the future.

A core element of the report draws on the experiences of Gulalai Ismail, a member of the Board of Directors, who was subjected to a campaign of harassment in Pakistan. The report highlights how the Board of Humanists International, noting the increase in requests for support from individual humanists, is investing in new programs of work to support them.

Highlights from the Report

Andrew Copson, President of Humanists International

Andrew Copson, President of Humanists International, commented:

“You will read more in this report about the ongoing requests we continue to receive from humanists at risk around the world.

“I and my fellow members of the Board take these concerns seriously, and in late 2019 approved plans from the Chief Executive to greatly increase the resources available to support humanists at risk. These are needed more than ever.”


Gary McLelland, Chief Executive of Humanists International, commented:

Gary McLelland, CEO of Humanists International

“It has become clear that we must focus more attention and resources on supporting the most vulnerable in our community: humanists at risk. Thanks to the increasing support from our Members and Associates, 2020 will see us grow the staff team so that we can scale up the level of our work.

“Specifically we will hire a Humanists at Risk Coordinator, who will be a senior staff position within the organization who will focus on providing support to humanists at risk, as well as supporting our Members and Associates who are also doing this important work.”

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