The HC was incorporated in 1962 as The Humanist Community of San Jose, a 501(c)(3) entity under the laws of the State of California. As it grew to serve a greater area, it changed its legal name to Humanist Community. Although our legal name is still the Humanist Community, we find it clarifying to use the name Humanist Community in Silicon Valley.
In 1967 The Humanist Community in Silicon Valley became a Chapter of the American Humanist Association, and continues to work closely with the AHA.
In 1990, as the result of a five-year grant, we hired a professional executive director and started weekly meetings. From then through 1999 we met every Sunday at Stanford University. Then stricter University rules compelled us to seek another meeting place. Since then we have found various meeting places in Palo Alto.
In 2007 HCSV supported a project to build schools and provide other local support in Ghana. Click here to see more about this work.
You can also view a more detailed history by Arthur Jackson.