Fri 6 Oct 2023 8:09PM

Crowdfunding for 2024

D Danny Public Seen by 56

FINAL EDIT: We raised $2,877.65 by the end fo Nov 28th

In order to raise money for the rent of the lab for 2024, Biotech Without Borders is running a crowdfunding campaign using Open Collective ending on Giving Tuesday (November 28th, 2023). We had a strategy meeting on Oct 3rd and in that meeting I realized that I'm going to need to house some of the documents we're using in a single place and let folks know how they can help. As per usual if you do not want updates from this thread please unsubscribe using the button below the thread context.


The approach for this crowdfunding campaign is to reach as many people as we can by working through our networks in order to direct traffic to our crowdfunding page and hopefully have some of those people donate money. The page has some reward tiers which might help incentivize folks to donate. Taking this opportunity to reach the widest possible group has the added benefit of letting as many people as possible know that Biotech Without Borders will be around for at least 1 more year but also that it needs help in order to remain open. Since the vision of our space is an entirely member-funded all-volunteer lab we need to reach folks who can make that vision a reality.

How folks can help

  1. Think about who you could tell about the campaign. Then check if any of the resources (below) will help you reach out to those people and use it.

  2. If there are no resources that you can use, comment in this thread letting us know what resource you need to help reach out to someone in your network

  3. Comment if there is a tier you can contribute such as an item or an event you will run in 2024 using the lab (for example I'm committing to teaching some classes and Priscilla donated some zines)

  4. Comment if there is a group/community that you could let know about the campaign

  5. Donate to the campaign



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Poll Created Fri 8 Sep 2023 7:25PM

Let's help Danny with strategizing his crowdfunding campaign for BwoB! Closed Fri 15 Sep 2023 7:00PM

by Danny Mon 18 Sep 2023 9:14PM

Thanks for everyone who participated. It's also really nice to have external folks say they want to help out with what is ostensibly an internal need.

I created a meeting using google here. for September 25th at 6PM-8PM. WILL BE RESCHEDULED The tentative meeting notes are here and are also in the calendar invite.

FYI the campaign is already technically live and can be found here.

What is the team, working group or event you are inviting people to?

Danny has put a lot of thought and effort into a crowdfunding campaign he will be launching next week to get infrastructure funding for BwoB. The campaign will run until Giving Tuesday. We are inviting you to join us in strategizing how to make this campaign a roaring success.

Why is this important?

BwoB is committing to a one year extension of our lease at the end of October. We need to raise infrastructure funding to help cover our general expenses (rent, internet, waste disposal etc.) which run about $4000 per month. We need to pull together to keep this awesome space open!

What are you asking people to do?

Meet at BwoB once a week to share ideas, starting Monday September 25th from 6-8PM.

Select 'Accept' to participate!


Results Option Voters
Accept 5 D ID EJ BM J
Decline 0  
Virtual Participation 4 EW F KA MS

9 of 87 people have participated (10%)


Ellen Jorgensen
Fri 8 Sep 2023 7:25PM

It is critical to keep our lab space open to make biotech accessible.


Martin sang
<span class="translation_missing" title="translation missing: en.poll_count_options.virtual participation">Virtual Participation</span>
Wed 13 Sep 2023 4:06PM

I am not available to attend physically due to my geographical challenges. different country


Poll Created Mon 25 Sep 2023 12:35PM

Rescheudling the Crowdfunding Strategy meeting Closed Thu 28 Sep 2023 12:00PM

by Danny Thu 28 Sep 2023 2:58PM

OK we rescheduled for Tuesday. Hope y'all can make it. If not then please feel free to view the agenda doc for notes we will take during the meeting.

BwoB Crowdfunding Strategy and Support

Tuesday, October 3 · 6:00 – 8:00pm

Time zone: America/New_York

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/mgb-rnxz-trp

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 401-702-0763‬ PIN: ‪560 271 059‬#

More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/mgb-rnxz-trp?pin=2870835918624


What is the meeting or event?

I'm not feeling well today and so I think it might be best to delay this meeting to talk strategy to when I have my wits about me.

Why is this important?

I'm looking for feedback and help with the campaign and having a meeting to discuss will help me solidify some decisions and allow others to provide feedback synchronously.

What are you asking people to do?

Mark the timeslots you are available with the green 'thumbs up' icon or leave the red 'thumbs down' in place when unavailable. Use the 'thumbs sideways' icon to say you are available 'if need be'.


Tue  3 Oct 2023 10:00PM
Thu  5 Oct 2023 10:00PM
Mon  9 Oct 2023 10:00PM

5 of 9 people have participated (55%)


KJ Aitken Tue 3 Oct 2023 9:53PM

Dear danny, i can only attend later for this meeting. Thanks, Karen


Ellen Jorgensen Mon 25 Sep 2023 2:38PM

I cannot make Thursday or possibly Monday


KJ Aitken Mon 25 Sep 2023 6:42PM

My schedule is flexible. FYI, I am not sure how helpful I can be, as I don't know the US landscape for funding, but am also interested in same issue of raising moola to sustain our DIYbio.


Danny Thu 28 Sep 2023 2:50PM

@KJ Aitken Ah this meeting is not about funding in general but rather a crowdfunding campaign that I'd like some help developing and launching. I'm open to opportunities to tie into other efforts to raise money for other spaces too. I appreciate any attention and help you can provide, but I'm also happy to just have you observe.


Alexey Potapov Fri 22 Sep 2023 4:08PM

I got a scientists email DB. If You want to filter locals (like on domain names nyu.edu - I can share with you those emails)


Danny Wed 4 Oct 2023 2:21PM

@Alexey Potapov That's a really useful resource. I will move this comment into a new thread about crowdfunding and follow up by email. Thanks for offering this support!