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Emergency town hall

In light of changes to our financial outlook, executive director Isha Datar will be hosting an emergency town hall June 10th at 3:30pm EST at our conference. Those unable to attend the conference can participate virtually.

Published June 1, 2022 | Updated August 5, 2022 | Isha Datar

Dear New Harvest community,

I am no longer confident that New Harvest will raise our budgeted total for the year. We have $1,056,228 in the bank and will spend $201,209 every month if we stick to our budgeted expenses. Unless something changes, New Harvest will run out of money October 31, 2022. 

I am usually very, very optimistic. It’s what’s gotten me through this work for the past decade. But this recent economic downturn has forced our hand. The time has come to shift from a growth mindset to survival mode.

Over the next few weeks, I will have to make several challenging decisions about the future of New Harvest. Unfortunately, staff cuts are unavoidable in order to prioritize impact, supporting our research grantees, and extending our runway beyond October.

I know this news will hit our community hard. I’m so incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished together over the years. We’ve literally built the field of cellular agriculture from scratch. But we’re experiencing the third “once in a lifetime” economic downturn in New Harvest’s lifetime and it’s not responsible to count on hope anymore.

You probably have a lot of questions. I’ll be hosting an open Town Hall during the conference on June 10th at 3:30pm EST to answer questions as best I can and discuss the future of New Harvest. If you can’t attend in-person, you can tune in and participate via livestream by registering here.

In the meantime, we’re on the search for new funding leads or grant opportunities. If you know of anything, please let me know.

I sincerely believe this will be just one short part of the much longer New Harvest story. New Harvest isn’t going anywhere, but we have to make rapid and drastic changes to survive.

A link to our full audited financials from 2021 can be found here.


About the Authors
Isha Datar is Executive Director at New Harvest