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Humble Bundle Have Failed To Disclose Their Latest Charity's Ties To Religion

We regularly post news about the Humble Bundles, partly because they offer ridiculous bundles of games for not much money, and they also raise a lot of cash for a number of charities. However, it’s come to our attention that one small, but very important fact is missing regarding the current charity they are supporting: Change30.

Here’s the mission state for the charity, as seen on the Humble website:

Our mission is to inspire purpose in Russian orphans by providing them with the love, guidance & resources they need to lead fulfilling lives. Our heart is for the orphans of Russia to not only survive, but thrive.”

That same wording is on the front page of the Change30 website, but dig a tiny bit deeper and you’ll find a different version of the wording is used on their ‘About‘ page:

The mission of Change30 is to inspire purpose in Russian orphans by providing them with the love, guidance & critical resources they need to lead fulfilling lives & develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Humble Bundle have used the wording that does not mention religion and you can also see that the promotional video included on the Humble site does not mention any religious agenda:

It should also be noted that the Change30 website is raising money as “2017 is a milestone year as we believe that God is calling us to enhance the scope of Change30 in exponential ways,” and that “teams of volunteers from U.S. churches travel to Kaliningrad to help meet physical & spiritual needs and spread the love of Jesus Christ with Russian orphans and orphanage.”

So I think you get the point that this is a heavily religious charity, so why Humble Bundle have not mentioned this hard to understand. While the charity is based in Arkansas in the US, the relationship between Orthodox Christian ideology in the country and the controversial and widely criticised state laws relating to the LGBT community mean that this is definitely something that needs to be disclosed. There’s no information of what sort of Christianity Change30 are preaching to impressionable youngsters. Is it the kind where everyone is considered equal, or the stricter kind that promotes intolerance of those who are considered different?

The fact that Humble Bundle have not disclosed that the charity has a religious angle to their work is questionable and irresponsible. Unless donors actively research Change30, they may not be aware that their money may be used to promote a charity they may not agree with.

Faith is a touchy subject at the best of times and we are in no way implying that Change30 are up to anything nefarious, but after having a twenty year old sleep on my sofa for eighth months last year after he was thrown out, penniless and homeless, by his strictly Mormon parents, it has made me acutely aware of the effects of religion on the young.

We’ve reached out to Humble for a comment and will update this story with any response.

Source: Humble Bundle / Change30, and thanks to TSBonyman for the tip off

  1. Avenger
    Since: Oct 2012

    Humble should clearly be more transparent about the specifics of the charity here.

    I think we can assume the ‘the relationship with Christ’ part was left out at some point for fear it could disuade people from donating, which is somewhat ironic.

    Comment posted on 10/01/2018 at 18:21.
  2. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    Oh dear, i’m going straight to hell aren’t i? :(

    I really hope this doesn’t affect the great work the Humble Bundle has enabled and i can’t say whether there’s anything wrong about the work that Change30 do but when i saw that part at the end of their About page it just raised a few hairs on my neck. And i was born and raised Catholic, albeit quite, quite lapsed now.

    Comment posted on 10/01/2018 at 19:36.
    • Andrewww
      Since: Jan 2010

      You did the right thing, thanks.
      But, of course, you will burn in hell for that… ;o)

      Comment posted on 10/01/2018 at 19:51.
    • ron_mcphatty
      Since: Sep 2008

      Definitely a good spot TSB, whilst I’m sure various Churches as establishments are unfairly depicted by some media there’s a lot of us who question their ethics and would much rather support a secular charity instead. I think you’ve earned the ‘Not going to hell by exposing potential false advertising.’ trophy!

      Comment posted on 11/01/2018 at 10:09.
  3. Andrewww
    Since: Jan 2010

    It’s very important to be transparent about that and it’s quite stupid they were not. I’m happy to donate for a good cause, but religious people being on their personal ‘mission’ to me is not one of them (irrespective of any good outcomes they may or may not bring about).

    Comment posted on 10/01/2018 at 19:48.
  4. philbert8
    The Frankie Boyle Of TSA
    Since: Sep 2010

    Is there ever just a single point of a charity? If it’s solely for the person you’re saying you’re helping, why do it at all, surely that’s completely against a Darwinian nature. Let’s face it, a large number of people give to or work for a charity for the feels they get, everyone’s doing something for something. But let’s admit it, okay I’ll admit it, I couldn’t tell you who the last Humble Bundle charities that were connected to my of my last purchases, I just wanted cheap games.

    Comment posted on 11/01/2018 at 00:12.
    • JR.
      Since: Apr 2013

      Very honest of you philbert and I agree. In fact, now I know that they do give funds to charity, I’d rather they do away with the donation and reduce the bundle even more XD

      Comment posted on 11/01/2018 at 13:26.