About Us

Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers, Inc. (IAF) is a non-profit social and educational group dedicated to supporting local atheists, freethinkers, secular humanists, agnostics, and other non-religious people.

We share our non-religious view of the world with the community by participating in various local events, such as the annual Capital City Pride Parade and the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market.

In addition to educating the public, we endeavor to be more educated on religious issues ourselves. Our group gathers regularly for lectures and book discussions where we explore religious concepts and analyze them in historic, social, and philosophical context.

Being non-religious often means feeling isolated. IAF strives to provide its members with ample opportunity to meet like-minded people, socialize, network, make friends, discuss ideas, and have fun. In addition to IAF’s regular weekly meetings, we periodically get together for movie nights, bike rides, dining out, picnics, and more.

IAF also recognizes that being non-religious does not mean being less kind or caring, and our members enjoy finding opportunities to serve the community.  Twice a year, we come together to volunteer at the Planned Parenthood Book Sale. We also hold an annual School Supply Drive to benefit struggling schools in the area and we also participate in the annual Tree of Lights Festival.

There is no charge for general association with our organization. As such, you are welcome to attend any of IAF’s weekly meetings and special events. That said, IAF is a member-driven organization, so we invite you to join us and get involved in an official capacity.

There are a few options for people wishing to become full members. There is an annual membership rate of $25 for individuals, there is an individual lifetime membership rate of $600, and there is a lifetime membership rate for committed couples of $900. Full membership confers privileges such as being eligible to run for board or office, the right to vote in elections, and grants access to the organization’s resources such as our lending library.

You can also make a donation to IAF in general or towards a specific project you are interested in. IAF is a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization; therefore, all donations are tax-deductible.