About Us

Who are we?

The British Humanist Association (BHA) is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.

Founded in 1896, the BHA is trusted by over 40,000 members and supporters and over 70 local and special interest affiliates to promote Humanism. Our policies are informed with the support of over 130 of the UK’s most prominent philosophers, scientists, and other thinkers and experts and we seek to advance them with the help of over 100 parliamentarians in membership of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group. Our trained and accredited celebrants conduct funerals and other non-religious ceremonies attended by over 800,000 people each year.

What do we want?

We want a world where everyone lives cooperatively on the basis of shared human values, respect for human rights, and concern for future generations.

We want non-religious people to be confident in living ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.

What do we do?

We promote Humanism, work on behalf of the non-religious, and support those who wish to live humanist lives, including through the provision of humanist ceremonies.

We campaign for a secular state, challenge religious privilege, and promote equal treatment in law and policy of everyone regardless of religion or belief.

We offer a humanist perspective in public debate, drawing on contemporary humanist thought and the worldwide humanist tradition.

If you want to support us in our work, please do join or donate. We are dependant on charitable giving to continue our work.


We are a charitable company, formed in 1896 and incorporated in 1928. Our governing document is our Articles of Association, which can be viewed here.