As the festivities of the holidays approach, The Leakey Foundation has much to celebrate. Here are some of the Foundation’s highlights from 2011:
- Funded $762,000 in grants to scientists; an increase of $26,000 over last year’s amount
- Funded six scholars from developing countries through the Baldwin Fellowship Program
- Offered five public lectures across the nation with the Speaker Series on Human Origins
- Provided over 1,000 youth, face-to face learning opportunities in the classroom with leading scientists through the Leakey Learning Expeditions Program
- Received an 80% Efficiency Rating for our 2010 audit, meaning 80% of our annual budget is granted to researchers and used for educational outreach
- Provided emergency funding to a Grantee who was at risk of discontinuing a decades worth of research in Indonesia, due to lack of other institutional funding
- Reached over 113,000 followers on Twitter, and we are #10 on Twitter’s list of top 20 science accounts to follow (above the journal Scientific American (#19)
We were able to accomplish this during a challenging economic climate, because of the ongoing support of our donors. Funding for human origins research is becoming all too scarce, and biological evolution is discounted by 61% of the American population. The Leakey Foundation seeks to preserve grant-funding levels, while continuing educational outreach for adults and youth. Our work has never been more important.
There is no easier way to support science while garnering a tax-deductible donation. With your 2011 end of year contribution, a generous donor has pledged to give one dollar for every two dollars that you give, thus making sure your contribution will go further!
Please click here to donate to The Leakey Foundation. You may give a one-time holiday gift, or give on a monthly basis with an ‘automatic payment’ donation.
Thank you for your generous support!