About the Foundation
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 lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife and two children. Todd is the founder and president of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation and president of Heretical Reason Productions. His foundation was the largest donor to both Reason Rally 1 and 2. In 2009 he made the transition from Chief Strategy Officer of Stiefel Laboratories to secular activist and philanthropist. Todd has gifted over $6.7 million to charitable causes, including $5.7 million dollars to nonprofit organizations in the secular movement.
Todd graduated cum laude from Duke University. He worked 12 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 chairman, 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 Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, ESPN, CBSSports, Fox Sports, The Daily Telegraph, Christian Science Monitor, Christianity Today, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Blaze, The Guardian Express, Salon, AlterNet, and Raleigh News & Observer. He has appeared on the CBS Sunday Morning, The Young Turks, HuffPost Live, The Takeaway, Christian Broadcasting Network, SiriusXM, and NPR. His writing has been published in On Faith, Friendly 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 in the Freethought Movement:
- President & Founder (2009-present)
- Chair and Founder (2021-present)
- Advisory Board Member (2009-present)
- Vice President (2011)
- Development Committee Member (2009-2012)
- Advisory Board Member (2014-present)
- Trustee (2010-2011)
- Chair (2014-2017)
- Advisor to the Board (2015-2016)
- Advisory Board Member (2010-2015)
- Co-Host, the Humanist Hour Podcast (2011-2014)
- Advisory Board Member (2009-2015)
- Advisory Board Member (2011-2015)
- Board Member (2010-2011)
- International Team Captain, Light The Night (2012-2013)
- National Advisory Council Member (2009-2012)
- Cabin Counselor, CQ Ohio (2013)
- Cabin Counselor, CQ South Carolina (2012)
- Consultant (2010-2015)
- Advisory Board Member (2010-2015)
- Assistant Organizer (2009-2014)
- 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
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
“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
Interview of Steve Wozniak The Humanist Hour, September 29, 2011
Interview of Bad Religion The Humanist Hour, May 30, 2012