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Fundraising 2024: Biotech Without Borders

Raising money for the Biotech Without Borders community lab to cover rent in 2024


Help us with our goal of becoming an entirely member-funded community lab!

Biotech Without Borders is a 100% volunteer-run, member-led, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to democratizing biotechnology. We believe that biotechnology needs to be accessible and understandable to all if we are to face pressing challenges like the climate crisis and wealth inequality. Part of how we make an impact is by maintaining a collectively managed BSL1 lab space for folks to tinker with biotech in a affordable, fun, and safe environment. We also teach classes to bring in revenue and operate mentorship programs.

   We reopened in Long Island City, Queens just as the pandemic restrictions were being relaxed in November 2021 with a generous donation from an individual who previously benefited from the environment of community labs. Through our operations, we have come to understand our role as providing a shared infrastructure and a community for groups and individuals seeking access to a lab outside the restrictions of academia and industry; mutual aid for (aspiring) bench scientists. Over the years our members have included academic/industrial scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, activists, and artists. We hope that in time our organization can be fully-funded by our members who recognize and derive value from the shared lab, but we're not there yet! We need your help to fund us for another year to continue attracting members and delivering our programming.

   Our campaign is running until Giving Tuesday November 28, 2023 where-upon we will contact contributors by the emails they used to contribute and ask for shipping information so we can send merch and/or begin to schedule classes. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by the law in the USA.
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Financial Contributions

One-time contribution
MicroPatron of Community Bio

Help us meet our goal for 2024 and get a sticker

$5 USD

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We have an initial commitment that someone in our community will match up to $10,000 in donations. Help us secure these matched funds! Read more

$1,458.12 USD of $10,000 USD raised (15%)

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$1 USD

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One-time contribution


Local artist Priscilla Stadler will ship you a copy of her zine "Tales from the Creek: The Adventures of Mo Mussel" Read more

$10 USD

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One-time contribution


We designed a custom enameled pin and ordered a limited run to commemorate our 2 years of being open in Queens. Contribute at this tier and celebra... Read more

$20 USD

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+ 3
One-time contribution


Our member Daniel Chan will schedule a session of a lab skills class for up to 10 folks. Click the tier title for more details. Read more

$100 USD

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One-time contribution


Donate at this tier and get a complementary membership to the lab for 2024. Please note that you will still have to fill out our membership agreeme... Read more

$1,100 USD

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Fundraising 2024: Biotech Without Borders is all of us

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Thank you for supporting Fundraising 2024: Biotech Without Borders.

Biotech Witho...

$10,000 USD


2024 Membership

$1,100 USD

Tony Albino

Matched gift

$700 USD


Matched gift

$250 USD


$200 USD

Matt Kantorski

Matched gift

$100 USD


Matched gift

$100 USD


Ticket for "How to cut DNA"

$100 USD

Larry Leung

Matched gift

$100 USD

Matthew Maycock

microPatron of Community Bio

$55 USD

Rohith Jayaram

Matched gift

$50 USD


Let’s get the ball rolling!

News from Fundraising 2024: Biotech Without Borders

Updates on our activities and progress.

A hearfelt Thank-You!

Thank-you to all our contributors for making this crowdfunding campaign a success. We raised $2,877.65 which is enough to claim our 10K of matched funds! We truly could not have done this without your support and it's heartening to have a c...
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Published on November 29, 2023 by Daniel Chan

Final push for Giving Tuesday

Thank everyone who contributed so far. We've raised $1024.90 through our various crowdfunding tiers as of 11:59PM Nov 27th. Our campaign has helped spread the word about Biotech Without Borders and we're excited to use the resources that yo...
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Published on November 28, 2023 by Daniel Chan

Campaign soft launch

We just launched this campaign and we're starting to fill in the tiers. We hope to add more tiers and flesh out our communication strategy as time passes. I'm excited to begin this journey and hope that it is successful. If folks have any q...
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Published on September 13, 2023 by Daniel Chan


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Today’s balance

$12,994.08 USD

Total raised

$12,994.08 USD

Total disbursed

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Estimated annual budget

$12,994.08 USD