Besides spending a lifetime of collaborating on research that changes the world (no minor achievement), scientists contribute in a personal way to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants as well.
Online panel members who participate in our surveys always have the option of donating their earned honoraria to charitable organizations, rather than shopping in our online store or receiving gift cards. In 2010, members donated a whopping $55,000 to some pretty worthy causes.
Specifically, members donated $10,608 to the American Red Cross, $3,469 to Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association, $27,464 to Doctor’s Without Borders, and $14,137 to UNICEF. Together these donations total $55,687.
After the Haiti Earthquake in January, The Science Advisory Board asked members to donate their ViewPoints as an easy way to contribute to the Haiti Relief efforts. This targeted effort resulted in nearly $4,800 in donations spread amongst the American Red Cross’s Haiti Relief and Development Fund, UNICEF’s Relief Efforts for Children in Haiti, and Doctors Without Borders’ Emergency Relief Fund.
Currently, we are running a similar campaign in support of Japan in the wake of the earthquake that devastated the country earlier this month. If history predicts the future, we feel confident our members will step up to the plate on this one as well.
We appreciate the scientists’ spirit of generosity and the opportunity we’ve had to work together with the members of The Science Advisory Board so that we can all make a difference.