$771,393 Donated to the SENS Research Foundation at the End of 2018

The philanthropists of our community, of greater and lesser means, stepped up to provide more than three quarters of a million dollars to the SENS Research Foundation in the last months of 2018. The work of the SENS Research Foundation depends on our support: building the foundations for rejuvenation therapies that would not otherwise be constructed, unblocking important research that is stuck, cultivating vital but neglected fields of science. Look at the yearly reports for much more detail. This non-profit is entirely dependent on philanthropic donations to power the vital work undertaken by its staff and allies in the research community.

Thank you very much to everyone who contributed to 2018's Reimagine Aging end-of-year fundraising campaign. The original General Fund goal of $500,000 was our most ambitious yet, and you enabled us to exceed this goal for an incredible $771,393 total! We are grateful beyond measure for your generosity and support to continue our mission of curing age-related disease. Every dollar you give helps bring the future we all want to bring into existence.

A very special thanks to Vitalik Buterin for his incredible gift of $350,000 in Ethereum, as well to IAS, Josh Triplett, Reason, Christophe and Dominique Cornuejols, Didier Coeurnelle, and Olivier Roland for providing matching grants during this campaign.

Here at Fight Aging!, Josh Triplett, Christophe and Dominique Cornuejols, and I put up a challenge fund for SENS Patrons, the monthly donors that supply a steady stream of funding to the foundation. For several years now we've aimed to grow that community of grassroots donors. They are steady folk; 80% of all of those who sign up stick around for at least a year, and the more donations that arrive on a schedule, the easier it becomes for the SENS Research Foundation staff to plan ahead and organize longer-term projects. We didn't do as well in 2018 as in 2017, only hitting 50% of our goal: $29,987 out of the $54,000 target - but it wasn't very many years ago that this would have been a sizable set of funding for the small organization that the SENS Research Foundation was back then.

In general, 2018 was a more muted environment for charitable fundraising. It would have been hard to top the end of 2017, at the height of the cryptocurrency bubble, when a great deal of philanthropic funding was disbursed to many research organizations. Now we are back to the point of having to work hard once again to grow our community, to persuade people that, in the midst of enthusiasm over clearance of senescent cells as a rejuvenation therapy, there is a great deal more necessary work to accomplish. One success does not complete the job at hand - there are still forms of age-related damage for which the science continues to languish, and each of them is enough on its own to produce age-related disease and death.

The efforts of the SENS Research Foundation and allied groups such as the Methuselah Foundation are just as vital now that the first rejuvenation therapies have been achieved as they were when only the vision existed. The road is only partly traveled, the journey only just begun, and our help is still required.


@Reason, SENS should make an option to become Patron for people not from the US, and help with the income tax. I'm from Catalonia, Europe, and the only way that a donation to SENS can help me to pay less taxes is to give the money to SENS Europe. And I cannot be a Patron of SENS Europe (and give a steady stream of money). They should solve it.

Posted by: Josep at January 18th, 2019 5:56 PM

@Josep: International charitable donations are a tough problem for smaller organizations, given the laws on the books. If not large enough to just incorporate and carry out work in every region, there are no good options.

Posted by: Reason at January 18th, 2019 6:15 PM

Obviously human priorities are not in life extension. We will not compare with the money that goes to military weapons. To compare the salaries of football players in 2018.
1.Messi 40m€
2.Cristiano Ronaldo 31
3.Neymar 30
4.Iniesta 25
5.Oscar 24
6.Alexis Sanchez 22.5
7.Griezmann 20
8.Hulk 20

Posted by: Dmitry Dzhagarov at January 19th, 2019 2:37 AM

@ Reason: In former years between 500 and 700 people donated for the end-of-year fundraising campaigns. (Correct me, if I'm wrong.) For the end-of-year fundraising campaign of 2017 there had been over 1400 donations, according to the January 2018 newsletter of the SENS foundation. Can you tell how many people donated for the last campaign in the end of 2018, because I cannot find any information about the numbers in the new January 2019 SRF newsletter?

Posted by: Lothar at January 23rd, 2019 8:03 PM

@Lothar: I don't know the answer to that question; you'll have to ask the SRF folk.

Posted by: Reason at January 23rd, 2019 8:58 PM
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