I'm pleased to note that more than 130 people donated a total of more than $27,000 to SENS rejuvenation research on Giving Tuesday. We are now just a few thousand short of hitting the $125,000 goal for this year's Fight Aging! SENS fundraiser. Thank you all for your support! With the additional $125,000 from the matching fund, together we'll soon have directed a total of $250,000 to speed progress towards regenerative therapies capable of repairing the cell and tissue damage that causes aging.
The SENS Research Foundation (SRF), a non-profit organization focused on transforming the way the world researches and treats age-related disease, received $27,317 on December 1, Giving Tuesday - more than double what the foundation raised on Giving Tuesday 2014. Funds received this year came from nine countries, including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway and the United Kingdom, as well as the USA. In addition to the donations, SENS Research Foundation will receive two $5,000 dollar for dollar challenge grants and a dollar for dollar match for all the funds raised.
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. The event is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the U.S. to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
SENS Research Foundation's goal at the outset was $20,000 with the help of contributors who pledged to match each dollar raised up to the first $5,000. The Croeni Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to giving, the environment and health, matched the first $5,000 raised dollar for dollar. The foundation gave SRF an unrestricted $5,000 earlier this year, as well. Aubrey de Grey, CSO of SENS Research Foundation, will also match $5,000, and Fight Aging! is matching every dollar up to $125,000 raised from October 1 to December 31, 2015. "We are thrilled to have exceeded our goal for this year's Giving Tuesday. We extend our sincere appreciation to all those who contributed funds including Jan Croeni and the Croeni Foundation, Aubrey de Grey, and Fight Aging! for their support. These funds will help us continue our research into the damage repair approach to the diseases and disabilities of aging."