About the Foundation

Value Proposition

The Stiefel Freethought Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit private foundation that fosters a world based on love and reason.

About the President and Founder

Todd Stiefel

Todd Stiefel

Todd Stiefel lives in Raleigh, NC, and is the founder and president of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation and president of Heretical Reason Productions. He is the founder and chair of the ScienceSaves campaign. In 2009 he transitioned from Chief Strategy Officer of Stiefel Laboratories to activist and philanthropist. Todd has gifted over $8.7 million to charitable causes, including $7.7 million dollars to nonprofit organizations in the secular movement.

Todd graduated cum laude from Duke University. He worked for 14 years for Stiefel Laboratories, holding positions in marketing, sales operations, and strategy. During his tenure, the company’s revenues quadrupled. He was the Chief Strategy Officer, the Enterprise Leadership Team chair, and a member of the Board’s executive committee. He was responsible for 250 people including the finance, strategy, risk, facilities, administration, and program management functions. Todd co-led the teams that sold equity to Blackstone and Stiefel Laboratories to GlaxoSmithKline.

Todd’s mission is to secure humanity’s future by ensuring public policy decisions are based on love and reason rather than bias and dogma. His activism has been covered by CNN, The New York TimesThe Washington PostUSA TodayESPN, CBSSports, Fox Sports, The Daily Telegraph, Christian Science Monitor, Christianity Today, The Chronicle of PhilanthropyThe BlazeThe Guardian ExpressSalonAlterNet, and Raleigh News & Observer. He has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, The Young Turks, HuffPost LiveThe Takeaway, Christian Broadcasting Network, SiriusXM, and NPR. His writing has been published in On FaithFriendly Atheist, and Free Inquiry magazine. An accomplished public speaker, Todd was one of the keynote speakers for The Reason Rally, Reason Rally 2, and Rock Beyond Belief.

From 2012-2013 Todd spearheaded the Foundation Beyond Belief international team that raised over a million dollars for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In 2012, he was the Light The Night National Top Individual Fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

When not raising funds and advocating for the principles he is passionate about, Todd executive produces independent movies including Super Troopers 2 and Catch The Fair One. He is also an avid music listener who loves to make people laugh.

Please see Donations for more details on the gifts made by Todd Stiefel and the Stiefel Freethought Foundation.

Todd Stiefel’s roles:

Stiefel Freethought Foundation

  • President & Founder (2009-present)

ScienceSaves Campaign

  • Chair and Founder (2021-present)

Secular Coalition for America

  • Advisory Board Member (2009-present)
  • Vice President (2011)
  • Development Committee Member (2009-2012)

Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

  • Advisory Board Member (2014-present)
  • Trustee (2010-2011)

Openly Secular

  • Chair (2014-2017)

Reason Rally 2

  • Advisor to the Board (2015-2016)

American Humanist Association

Secular Student Alliance

  • Advisory Board Member (2009-2015)

Triangle Freethought Society

  • Advisory Board Member (2011-2015)
  • Board Member (2010-2011)

Foundation Beyond Belief

  • International Team Captain, Light The Night (2012-2013)

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

  • National Advisory Council Member (2009-2012)

Camp Quest

  • Cabin Counselor, CQ Ohio (2013)
  • Cabin Counselor, CQ South Carolina (2012)

United Coalition of Reason

  • Consultant (2010-2015)

Atheist Nexus

  • Advisory Board Member (2010-2015)

Triangle Atheist Meetup

  • Assistant Organizer (2009-2014)

American Atheists

  • Development Committee Member (2009-2010)


Camp Quest 2016 Level Up Award

Freedom From Religion Foundation 2014 Emperor Has No Clothes Award

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society North Carolina 2013 Community Outreach Award

Foundation Beyond Belief 2013 Heart of Humanism

American Atheists 2012 Philanthropist of the Year

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 2012 Light The Night National Top Individual Fundraiser

American Atheists 2010 Activist of the Year

The Rensselaer Medal for Math and Science 1992

Video Highlights

Reason Rally 2016 speech: “World of Reason”, June 4, 2016

Reason Rally 2012 speech: “We Believe”,  March 24, 2012

CBS Sunday Morning interview, April 19, 2015

The Young Turks Interviews, June 6, 2013

Capital Tonight on Spectrum News, March 15, 2020

CBS interview, March 12, 2020 

Rock Beyond Belief speech, March 31, 2012

Interview of Arian Foster, August 4, 2015

The Point (part of The Young Turks Network), September 6, 2013

“Welcoming To Thomas Jefferson?” at Secular Student Alliance, July 12, 2013

“Dialogue of Reason: Science and Faith in the Black Community” at Howard University, Oct 10, 2010

Appeal to freethinkers to fight cancer, March 8, 2012

National Day of Reason speech, May 5, 2011

Consider Humanism Campaign launch speech, November 9, 2010


CNN March 13, 2020

News & Observer March 12, 2020

CNN March 23, 2013

Chronicle of Philanthropy August 11, 2013

The Blaze April 18, 2012

News & Observer March 18, 2010


“The Fight for Non-Religious Liberty: Five things you should know about discrimination faced by atheists and agnostics” On Faith, October 3, 2014

“Why I Am Not a Catholic and Why I Am a Humanist” Free Inquiry, vol 34 issue 2, January 14, 2014

“On Harassment and Policies: An Open Letter to Skeptic and Freethought Leaders” Friendly Atheist, June 28, 2012

“An Open Letter to Reuel Johnson of the American Cancer Society” Friendly Atheist, September 28, 2011

Podcast Highlights

Interview of Steve Wozniak The Humanist Hour, September 29, 2011

Interview of Bad Religion The Humanist Hour, May 30, 2012