As some of you may have noticed, we recently disabled our charity donation option on our surveys. This was a temporary measure to address an issue with the program which had made totaling the donations problematic. However, we want to continue to support our members’ fantastic charitable giving, so we took the time to retroactively identify all of the donated points for the year to date, and to build a lasting solution. So, we are now happy to announce the reactivation of the charity donation program! Going forward, we will be totaling the points that all of you have donated on a quarterly basis, and donating the amount to a variety of charitable causes. We will select the charities based on a consistent selection criteria. All charities must have a 501(c)(3) tax code in the USA, which designates them as a non-profit organization, and they must also meet our standards for ‘effective charities’. This will be determined by a charitynavigator.org score of 80 or more for larger charities, and a due-diligence conducted by us for smaller, local organisations with which we partner.
The Year to Date
For the first three quarters of this year, your donations totaled an incredible $13,815 dollars! In light of the multitude of recent natural disasters, we felt that the majority of the donation should go towards the relief efforts for these tragic events. After some investigation, we determined that Direct Relief should receive the donation of $10,000, divided into five amounts of $2000 to address the victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, the North Western Wildfires, and a specific donation to assist in the Puerto Rico relief effort. Direct Relief are the only disaster relief organisation to score a perfect score on Charity Navigator, meaning that they have total transparency in their financials, and program spending accounts for more than 99% of their total expenses. Ultimately, this means that your donations are going directly to the people who need them most. Direct Relief do not apply for or receive any government grants, so they rely entirely on the generosity of donations. The manager of individual philanthropy at Direct Relief, reached out personally to thank you all for your generous donations.
“I wanted to thank you personally for your extremely generous gift to Direct Relief. We know that you don’t have to make a charitable gift, and more so that you don’t have to make it to Direct Relief. So, on behalf of the staff and of all of the people that we serve, I want to send my humble thanks for your generosity” – Greg Mora
Honoring a Former Member
The remaining $3,815 was donated to the Beta Beta Beta Biological Society, an educational society which provides grants and support for undergraduate students studying biology. The donation was made in the memory of a former Science Advisory Board member and community leader, Julie Ghosh, who tragically passed away a few years ago. At the time of her passing, their was a drive among our members to raise money for Tri-Beta in her honor. Due to a change of management at the time, some of that donation was never made, and we felt that it should be fulfilled as part of our relaunching the charity donation program.
Julie was an avid marine biologist
As she moved to the USA from Britain, she was not a former member of Tri-Beta, but she was an avid supporter of their work and had published an article in their periodical, BIOS. She was an active member of the community and touched the lives of many in the field, including many Tri-Beta alumni. Lori Kelman, the editor of BIOS and a fellow Science Advisory Board member, who knew Julie through the community and her work, reached out to thank you all for the generous donation. The donation will serve to further the education of a future generation of biologists.
“Thank you for contacting me regarding a donation to the Beta Beta Beta Biological Society in memory of Julie Ghosh, who authored the article “The role of RNA interference in the Drosophila antiviral immune response” (Bios 81: 99-104, 2010). Although Julie was not a member of TriBeta, she cared deeply about education and embodied the philosophy of the society. I am grateful to have known her.” – Lori Kelman
From now on, all surveys with an honorarium associated will once again have the charity donation option available to you. Our rewards partners also have a charity donation option in our rewards center, with the option to donate to specific charities in your home country. We will publish a report like this one every quarter, to let you know where your donations are being put to work. From all of us at the Science Advisory Board, thank you all sincerely for giving us the opportunity to donate to these causes on your behalf. It is truly one of the highlights of our work.