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2016 Fundraising Results

We couldn’t be happier to share that thanks to you, we not only met but beat our fundraising goal of $750,000 for 2016! Together, we raised nearly $900,000 for open cellular agriculture research last year. Read on for the breakdown of our year end fundraise and what this means for our year ahead!

Published January 18, 2017 | Updated June 15, 2021 | Erin Kim

Isha holding up a sign that says "thank you"

Our Raise for Research fundraising campaign saw 159 donors give $84,472 and pledge $90,000 in the month of December. The Jeremy Coller Foundation provided us with their full $100,000 gift match.

Thank you, donors, for your generous support!

Here are a some stats on our fundraising successes this year:

  • We raised a total of $891,565.03 in 2016*, up 63% from last year. We surpassed our goal of raising $750,000. Fundraising has steadily been increasing year after year, with the characteristic spike in Q3 typical of philanthropically-funded organizations.

Cumulative funds raised by month for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. 2013 was around 50,000, 2014 was around $250,000, 2015 was around $550,000, and 2016 was around $900,000.

  • In 2016, 272 donors gave to New Harvest, and 62.5% of them were first-time donors.

Number of new donators and, donors who gave that year, and total donars. 2013: First time, 51. That year, 70. Total, 139. 2014: First time, 86. That year, 122. Total, 225. 2015: First time, 124. That year, 190. Total, 349. 2016: First time, 170. That year, 272. Total, 519..

  • We have 49 active recurring donors, who in total contribute $12,011.37 per month to New Harvest. Recurring donors are incredibly crucial for New Harvest to maintain a healthy cash flow throughout the year.

Map highlighting the countries that donated to New Harvest

  • The majority of donors who gave in 2016 are in the U.S., with a large number in Canada, the U.K., and Western Europe, and an increasing number of donors coming from Israel and Australia. We also received donations from Bermuda, Argentina, Iceland, China, Japan, and New Zealand!

Map highlighting places that donated to New Harvest in the US.

  • Our North American donors come from all across Canada and the U.S., from both coasts, the midwest, and a mix of both urban and rural areas, including agricultural states.
  • Our fundraising goals for 2017 are 1) to raise $1,000,000 and 2) to double our recurring donor base to 100 monthly commitments.

About the Authors
Erin Kim has been working in cellular agriculture since 2014, when she started out at as one of New Harvest's first volunteers while completing a Juris Doctor at the University of Alberta, Canada. Following the completion of her studies, Erin took on the role of Communications Director full-time, where she brings a down-to-earth approach to translating developments in New Harvest research into accessible content in print and on the web, fundraising communications, media relations, social media, and community outreach.