How do I donate?

The EBF is a Public 501(c)(3) Foundation, meaning it has most favorable tax deductibility. By law, at least one-third of its funds must come from public sources. We have no endowment. So your annual donations are crucial, and tax deductible.

The big orange rectangular CLICK HERE Paypal button adjacent makes it easy to make a one time donation or you can make monthly donations (see the bottom of this page). Or you can write a check to the Ernest Becker Foundation and send it to 316 Broadway #312, Seattle, WA, 98122.


We categorize membership levels as follows:

Contributor: $1 - $99
Supporter: $100 - $249
Patron: $250 - $499
Benefactor: $500 - $999
Philanthropist: $1,000 - $1,400
President's Circle: $1,500 or Greater

In Paypal we have also added a system for making automatic monthly credit card donations for one year, or indefinitely until you decide to unsubscribe. At present, we offer this feature at 6 giving levels, $10, $25, $30, $40, $50 and $100. If you would prefer to make automatic monthly credit card donations, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

What does the EBF do?

Our organization is devoted to multidisciplinary inquiries into human behavior, with a particular focus on our brutality toward one another. Drawing on Becker's writings, the EBF supports research and application at the interfaces of science, the humanities, spirituality, and social action. We seek to:
1. Cultivate and support scholarly work that explores and extends Becker's insights.
2. Disseminate to the public and its institutions the understandings which emerge from the work.
3. Apply these principles to the mitigation of violence and suffering.

Why should I give to the EBF?

Ernest Becker won a Pulitzer Prize with his Denial of Death. It was his 9th book and he crowned it as his “first mature work.” But a cancer that arose shortly after the book was finished took his life and left the world this masterpiece without him to explain it. Its title can be a bit forbidding and confusing and its brilliant content can make you work. As Sam Keen says, this is the “least read Pulitzer-winning book of all time.” But we want to help you change that.

It is the job of the EBF to do the best it can to see that Becker’s thought is widely known, its richness appreciated, its implications applied. He was primarily a synthesizer, giving us an inclusive understanding of the human condition, body and soul, from the human sciences to religion. Thus the mission of the EBF is education, and the studies we try to keep track of are in social science (Terror Management Theory) and the humanities including religion (Generative Death Anxiety). The operative goal for the Beckerian individual in society is to find and live within an organizing principle that maximizes individuality within maximal community.

Our current educational emphasis centers on teachers of 11th and 12th graders, appreciating of course that teachers of antecedent grades and in subsequent college/university benefit from knowing about the upper high school experience that follows or precedes for their students. The surprising new finding is how pivotal upper level highschoolers are, the hunger and excitement they find in studying Becker, even, astonishingly, Denial of Death a chapter a week. We use the phrase Understanding Violence to encapsulate what this work offers. Your support helps the EBF advance this work. Attracting the teachers and mounting programs for them is costly. But we just had a resounding success in such a Seattle conference in October 2009.

We have a big active web site that takes a lot of person-hours to maintain, keep up to date, and grow, and serve a mailing list of over 3,000. We run a clearinghouse for everything Becker- networking, referring, recruiting, and trying to get programs going all over the globe. We carry inventory of materials for sale and offer many lectures and book reviews for downloading. We have one lecture on podcast and plan to have more.

What does it mean to become an EBF member?

By donating to our organization (even as little as $1!) you automatically become a member for a year. You will receive our quarterly newsletters (in electronic or print format – we strongly urge the former for green and dollar reasons) and notification about special events in your area. The bounty of our rich inventory of materials will be available to you for downloading. Apart from the materials for sale in the Store, members exclusively may download all the other materials.

An EBF membership is an excellent way to get connected with others who find Becker’s synthesis enlightening. We serve as a very active clearinghouse.

How do I donate?

The EBF is a Public 501(c)(3) Foundation, meaning it has most favorable tax deductibility. By law, at least one-third of its funds must come from public sources. We have no endowment. So your donations are crucial, and tax deductible.

The big orange rectangular CLICK HERE Paypal button adjacent makes it easy to make a one time donation, or you can make monthly donations (see below). Or you can write a check to the Ernest Becker Foundation and send it to 316 Broadway #312, Seattle, WA 98122.


In Paypal we have also added a system for making automatic monthly credit card donations for one year, or indefinitely until you decide to unsubscribe. At present we offer this feature at 6 giving levels, $10, $25, $30, $40, $50 & $100. Just click on the buttons below.

1 year donation

Ongoing donation

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Download "Reapy"

Reis O'Brien has designed a short comic for the EBF. Reapy: The Littlest Harbinger of Death provides a brief introduction to The Denial of Death and how Becker is being used in social science research today.

This comic is great for students and adults alike. To download a pdf version click here.

Posted on June 30, 2009