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James Randi Educational Foundation
Type 501(c)(3)
Registration No. 65-0649443
Founded 1996
Founder(s) James Randi
Key people James Randi, Chairman, Board of Directors
D. J. Grothe, President and CEO
Rick Adams, Secretary, Board of Directors
Daniel "Chip" Denman, Board of Directors
Barb Drescher, Educational Programs Consultant

Brian Thompson, Field Coordinator[1]
Mission To promote Critical Thinking and Investigate Claims of the Paranormal
Revenue US$852,445[2][3] (2009) Decrease 38% on 2008. Increase 17% on 2009.[4]
Volunteers 50
Employees 8
Motto An Educational resource on the paranormal, pseudoscientific, and the supernatural

The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by magician and skeptic James Randi. The JREF's mission includes educating the public and the media on the dangers of accepting unproven claims, and to support research into paranormal claims in controlled scientific experimental conditions.

The organization administers the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge, which offers a prize of one million U.S. dollars which it will pay out to anyone who can demonstrate a supernatural or paranormal ability under agreed-upon scientific testing criteria. The JREF also maintains a legal defense fund to assist persons who are attacked as a result of their investigations and criticism of people who make paranormal claims.

The organization is funded through member contributions, grants, and conferences. The JREF website publishes a (nominally daily) blog at Swift, which includes the latest JREF news and information, as well as exposés of paranormal claimants.


The JREF officially came into existence on February 29, 1996, when it was registered as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Delaware in the United States.[5] On April 3, 1996 Randi formally announced the creation of the JREF through his email hotline:[6] It is now headquartered in Los Angeles, California.[7]

Randi says Johnny Carson was a major sponsor, giving several six-figure donations.[8]

The officers of the JREF are:[9]

  • Director, Chairman: James Randi, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Director, Secretary, Assistant Secretary: Richard L. Adams Jr., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Director, Secretary: Daniel Denman, Silver Spring, Maryland.

In 2008 the astronomer Philip Plait became the new president of the JREF and Randi its board chairman.[10] In December 2009 Plait left the JREF due to involvement in a television project, and D.J. Grothe assumed the position of president on January 1, 2010.[11]

The San Francisco newspaper SF Weekly reported on August 24, 2009 that Randi's annual salary is about $200,000, a figure that has not changed much since the foundation's inception.[12]

The One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge

In 1964, Randi began offering a prize of $US1000 to anyone who could demonstrate a paranormal ability under agreed-upon testing conditions. This prize has since been increased to $US1 million in bonds and is now administered by the JREF as the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge. Since its inception, more than 1000 people have applied to be tested. To date no one has either been able to demonstrate their claimed abilities under the testing conditions or have not fulfilled the foundation conditions for taking the test; the prize money still remains to be claimed.

The Amaz!ng Meeting

Main article: The Amaz!ng Meeting

Since 2003, the JREF has annually hosted The Amaz!ng Meeting, a gathering of scientists, skeptics, and atheists. Perennial speakers include Richard Dawkins, Penn & Teller, Phil Plait, Michael Shermer and Adam Savage.

Podcasts and videos

The foundation produces two audio podcasts, For Good Reason[13] and Consequence.[14] For Good Reason is an interview program hosted by D.J. Grothe, promoting critical thinking and skepticism about the central beliefs of society. Consequence is a biweekly podcast in which regular people share their personal narratives about the negative impact a belief in pseudoscience, superstition, and the paranormal has had on their lives.

The JREF also produces a regular video cast and YouTube show, The Randi Show, in which JREF outreach coordinator Brian Thompson interviews Randi on a variety of skeptical topics, often with lighthearted or comedic commentary.[15]

The JREF posts many of its educational videos from The Amazing Meeting and other events online. There are free lectures by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Carol Tavris, Lawrence Krauss, live tests of the Million Dollar Challenge, workshops on cold reading by Ray Hyman, and panels featuring leading thinking on various topics related to JREF's educational mission.[16]

The foundation produced its own "Internet Audio Show" which ran from January–December 2002 and was broadcast via a live stream. The archive can be found as mp3 files on their website[17] and as a podcast on iTunes.[18]

Fellowships and scholarships

The JREF has named a number of fellows of the organization including Senior Fellow Steven Novella and Research Fellows Karen Stollznow, Tim Farley and Ray Hall.[19] Kyle Hill was added as a fellow November 2011,[20] and Leo Igwe was added October 2012.[21]

In 2007 the JREF announced it would resume awarding critical thinking scholarships to college students after a brief hiatus due to the lack of funding.[22]

The JREF has also helped to support local grassroot efforts and outreach endeavors, such as SkeptiCamp, Camp Inquiry[23] and various community-organized conferences.[24]

See also


Further reading

External links

  • The Amaz!ng Meeting — Information on past and upcoming Amaz!ng Meetings and Amaz!ng Adventures
  • Videos from The Amaz!ng Meeting on Youtube
  • Videos from The Amaz!ng meeting on Vimeo
  • The One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge — Official website

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