In August 2012, after providing all the funding for The Brain from Top to Bottom for over 10 years, the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction informed us that because of budget cuts, they were going to be forced to stop sponsoring us as of March 31, 2013. Ever since we got this news, the little team that produces this web site has been looking for a new source of stable institutional funding so that we can continue our mission of providing the general public with the best possible information about the brain and neuroscience.
We have approached a number of organizations, all of which have recognized the value of our work. We are still in negotiations with some of them, which may prove fruitful within the next few months. But so far, we have not managed to find the funding we need. For the moment, we must therefore ask our readers for donations so that we can continue updating and adding new content to The Brain from Top to Bottom web site and blog.
The "fundraising thermometer" that you see below shows, in order of priority, from the bottom up, what work we plan to do with the money that we raise and how much money we still need to raise to meet our annual budget. We will update this thermometer regularly, so that readers always have an accurate picture of our finances.
Please rest assured that we are doing our utmost to keep this site accessible in the original spirit of the Internet: the desire to share information free of charge and with no advertising.
Whether your support is moral, financial, or both, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Bruno Dubuc, Patrick Robert, Denis Paquet, and Al Daigen
August 26, 2013
In the first two weeks of the fundraising campaign that we began in April 2013, we raised nearly $2 500. Since then, we have raised another $1 750, for a total of $4 250, and we want to say many thanks again to all of you who have contributed. Thanks to your generosity, we expect to be able to keep this web site operating and to keep adding new posts to the French and English blogs.
But to start producing new content on new topics for the site itself, we will have to have more funding. We are still making every effort to secure ongoing funding from major institutions, but that is a lengthy process, and we can't be sure whether or when it will succeed. In the meantime, contributions from readers like you will continue to be the lifeblood for our efforts, and we hope that you will chip in as much as you can.