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Join or Donate || Stay Informed || Report a Violation || Take Action || Volunteer


 

Join or Donate

 

Join:

An annual membership in Americans United starts at $35. (You are, of course, welcome and encouraged to support our work by making a donation at whatever level you can afford!) In addition to providing much-needed funding for our legal, legislative, grassroots and education efforts, your financial support entitles you to receive 11 issues of our award-winning monthly journal Church & State and periodic updates on pressing religious liberty concerns.  Additional benefits are given at higher levels of contribution.

Students can join Students for Church-State Separation for free here.

We encourage you to join Americans United through our chapter.  If you do, your initial membership supports our chapter directly, and, if you give us your email address, we can add you immediately to our email list so we can inform you of our local activities.  You will automatically become a member of the national organization.  If you join through the national organization, you must ask to be a chapter member.

You can join Americans United by clicking here or mailing us a check to:

Americans United of Houston
P.O. Box 550743
Houston, TX 77255-0743

You can make  automated monthly credit card gifts. Your monthly support will enable AU to make plans with confidence, knowing we can count on your regular and steadfast support. If you don’t want to donate online, please email for a form that you can print, complete and mail to set up an automatic withdrawal from your bank account.

For your convenience, you can opt to make an automated annual gift. That ensures that your membership in AU renews without your having to remember to take action every year. 

Annual membership renewals are handled by Americans United’s national office.  Please renew your membership online or mail your renewal to Americans United for Separation of Church and State, 1310 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005.

Donate:

No-Cost Donations to You:

You can support us and help make an impact that counts just by continuing to do what you already do, with no extra cost to you!

  • Shop

Simply tie your Amazon account, Randalls Remarkable Card or Kroger Plus Card to our chapter, and we will receive a portion of your eligible purchases.

Connect Your Amazon Account. (If this doesn’t work, use our direct step-by-step guide)

Connect Your Randalls Remarkable Card.  Our chapter’s account number is 14010.

Connect Your Kroger Plus Card.   Our organization number is PH152.

  • Use Employer Matching

If your employer sponsors a corporate matching gifts program, your contribution to AU may be eligible to be doubled or tripled. Find out more from your HR or personnel department or email AU’s Development Department for more information. If you have a form from your employer, complete your portion and mail it to AU Development Department, 1310 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005  along with or after making your contribution, and AU will take care of the rest.

Other Ways to Donate:

  • Make a donation to our chapter that isn’t connected to your membership in Americans United by clicking here or mailing us a check to Americans United of Houston, P.O. Box 550743, Houston, TX 77255-0743
  • You can give a gift subscription to Church & State, make a tribute donation in someone’s memory or honor,  make a bequest and more.  Go to au.org/donate/other for information about these and other ways to giveIf you’d like your gift to go to our chapter, please either specify when you communicate with AU’s development department or let us know directly.

Donation FAQs:

Is AU tax-exempt?

Yes — Americans United is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit education organization.  Our Federal ID is #53-0184647.

Are my contributions to AU tax-deductible?

Yes, to a point. If you receive Church & State magazine, $5 is considered its annual subscription fee and is non-deductible. If you choose to receive a premium/thank-you gift during our early-year renewal campaign, its value is also not deductible (the value will be stated on the thank-you letter you receive for your donation). The remainder of your total annual giving — or the entire amount of your annual giving if you opt not to receive these benefits — is deductible to the full extent of the law.

Will I receive a thank-you letter for my donation?

Yes, Americans United’s national office will send you a written acknowledgement of your mailed or phoned-in donation within three weeks of processing your donation or an email acknowledgement for your online donation immediately, for tax purposes.

If you have other questions about membership or donations, please see AU’s Donation FAQ’s

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Stay Informed

Click HERE to sign up to receive email alerts from the national organization about important church-state developments.

Read on AU’s Protect Thy Neighbor site about legislative issues that AU monitors.

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Report a ViolationJustice

See something that you think may be a church-state violation? Let us know and AU’s legal team will review it.

Review Examples and FAQs

Before taking the time to report a violation of the separation of church and state, please review our examples and information about what does (and doesn’t) constitute a violation. We would hate to be unable to help with your situation!

Examples of Violations:

  • An organization uses a government grant for religious activity.
  • A public school event includes prayer or a public school teaches creationism or intelligent design.
  • The government displays a religious symbol or text on public property.
  • The government funds religious hospitals that refuse to provide certain kinds of reproductive health care services for religious reasons.
 
To report a violation, complete the violation form

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Take Action   

Rebuild religious freedom for all w/tih AU's Action Network

Join AU’s Action Network to help us build our movement to ensure the separation of religion and government.  AU will keep you informed about actions you can take in your community and opportunities to hone your skills as an advocate.  You’ll get 6-12 messages a year with specific actions you can take to advance the cause, such as legislative and legal advocacy, outreach opportunities and invitations to attend special meetings, briefings and training sessions. Just look for [AU-AN] in the subject line and take the actions that are right for you!

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Volunteer

Suffering from pandemic isolation or boredom? Try volunteering with our Houston chapter to help fight for church-state separation. You’ll get to engage with like-minded folks who are working together to create and participate in inspiring and educational events and to raise public awareness about our issues in our community. You can use your skills or learn new ones–and you may not even need to leave your home!

Ways you can help include:

  • Maintaining our website or social media
  • Planning or helping at an educational or advocacy event
  • Outreach to faith leaders
  • Creating program announcements and monthly newsletters
  • Strengthening ties with a specific community, such as young people or people of color
  • Welcoming new members
  • Writing letters to the editor

To learn more or share other ideas, interests or skills, email us at americansunited.houstonchapter@gmail.com

 

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