Your Involvement Through Financial Support
The best and easiest way to help is to donate through the donate button at the top right side of this page.
The Center is a fledgling non-profit with great aspirations. Educating the public on issues such as renal disease, the organ shortage, the reintegration needs of veterans, the plight of people in intractable pain, and how to best help patients navigate difficult health care decisions, takes not only dedicated scholars but the funds to get the word out. Non-directed donations are always welcome, but for those who might want to support a specific aspect of the Center’s work or have their name associated with a particular gift, here are some possible ways to help us promote our worthy cause and improve American lives.
Please contact Dr. Fry-Revere at Sigrid@ethical-solutions.org to avail yourself of any of the listed opportunities. This list reflects the Center’s current needs and aspirations, but we are always open to new suggestions.
Specific Ways You Can Help the Center
- Contribute towards financing the Center’s documentary film “As Time Runs Out.” Contribute $20,000 or more and be listed as co-producer in the film credits. The film chronicle’s Steve Lessin’s fight for his life while on the organ waiting list for a kidney. After four years of waiting for an organ, Steve’s heart and general health were so weakened by dialysis that he no longer qualified for a transplant. Steve died on August 9, 2009 but his fight lives on through the Center’s SOS (Solving the Organ Shortage) documentary project. The documentary tells the story of a life of hope and pain on dialysis waiting for a kidney that never comes.
- Contribute towards financing the documentary film “Kidneys for Sale in Iran.” Contribute $20,000 or more and be listed as a co-producer in the film credits. Iran is the only country in the world with a legal, government regulated system of kidney sales. The practice has been legal in Iran for 20 years, regulated for ten and it is the only country in the world without a kidney waiting list. The film, based on 100 hours of footage that Dr. Fry-Revere and Dr. Bastani brought back from a seven week research trip in Iran, tells the story of organ sellers – and those who purchase kidneys — their lives, their hopes, their desperation, and their outcomes.
- Sponsor a public event or a more private dinner to help raise awareness of the Center’s work.
- Contribute towards our efforts to create an on-line presence either through a medial project / trailer for As Time Runs Out or other projects. Either contribute your know-how and time or funds that would allow the Center to pay someone to work on such a project.
- Thank the Center for its work on NPR or another radio or TV station (This is a form of paid advertising in which both your name and the Center’s are mentioned on the air). WAMU in Washington, D.C. calls their version of this program a “Day Sponsorship.” wamu.org.
- Contribute towards what we need to hire someone to maintain the Center’s website for one year. Contribute $10,000 and be recognized for your contribution on the opening page of the website.
- Contribute towards the development and one year maintenance of the Center’s planned websites specifically devoted to the SOS projects. These are OrganShortage.com and SolvingTheOrganShortage.com. Donate $20,000 and be recognized for your contribution on the opening page of both those websites.
- Donate office space or help finance a lease for office space.
- Contribute to help continue the publication of the quarterly column “Legal Trends in Bioethics.” We need to publish and update the column more often. A $10,000 contribution would pay for a project manager and you would be recognized for your valuable support in every issue of the column supported by your funding. See the Center website for past issues of Legal Trends.
- Contribute $10,000 to pay for a part-time fundraiser or publicist dedicated to helping get the word out about Center activities.
- Contribute $5,000 to help the Center hire a part-time accountant.
- Contribute $8,000 to pay for the translation of over 100 hours of video brought back from the Center’s fact-finding mission to Iran.
- Endow a fellowship to have a scholar work on a medical ethics issue of your choice, as long as the topic falls within the Center’s mission and is approved by its Board of Directors. $10,000-30,000.
- Sponsor a writing competition on a medical ethics issue of your choice, as long as the topic falls within the Center’s mission and is approved by its Board of Directors. $10,000 ($5,000 administrative costs; $5,000 in prizes for best essays).
- Contribute $30,000 to allow the Center to study U.S. attitudes towards a variety of potential compensation schemes for kidney donation ranging from the reimbursement of donation related expenses not covered by insurance to financial incentives.
- Join the Center’s honor roll of contributors. Those who donate from $500 to $999 will be listed as “Friends of the Center.” Those who contribute between $1,000 and $4,999 will be listed as “Center Patrons” and those who contribute between $5,000 and $9,999 will be “Center Benefactors.” The honor roll of contributors will be listed on the Center’s website Center Benefactors are also invited to join the Center’s Board of Directors at its annual Board Dinner in Washington, D.C.
The above are only suggestions. Please feel free to contact the Center about other ways you might be able to help us further our mission to raise awareness of vitally important patient-care issues in Medicine.
To offer financial support via the Internet, please visit: www.ethical-solutions.org and click on the “donate” button.
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