There are three organizations I’d like to suggest this year:
1. $500 for Science in Society, Northwestern’s science outreach center. I volunteer through SiS in Evanston’s high school, and it’s just a fantastic program for getting young kids of all ages and backgrounds excited about science. Donate here.
2. $250 for the Biobricks Foundation which is devoted to advancing and democratizing biotechnology, particularly synthetic biology. In addition to running the premier SynBio conference series, the Biobricks Foundation maintains the OpenWetware Wiki, an online resource that makes learning any bio-related protocol free and super easy. Donate here.
3. $250 for iGEM, the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. I think Austin would quite enjoy this program, wherein student teams from high schools and colleges compete to produce a useful biological machine/tool/device. The students also perform an extensive analysis of the ethical implications of their device. Donate here.
Merry Christmas, love and hugs!
Hi Gregg, Laurie, and Aidan,
Thank you for once again inviting me to be part of this Christmas tradition. In Austin's memory, I would like to contribute $1,000 to Camp Phoenix, a summer program that aims to reduce the achievement gap between low and high-income youths. I first learned about this summer program form Daphne, a friend who has worked with the organization and who can attest to the great work Camp Phoenix is doing.
Camp Phoenix's website:
Daphne's Camp Phoenix fundraising page: