As with other non-profit organizations, the VR Foundation always received far more applications than it has funds to support. Even if a project fits within our funding criteria and priorities of the VRF, the Foundation may still be unable to provide a grant.
In response to this situation, we launched a ‘crowdfunding’ campaign because we see it as an great opportunity to raise much-needed funds to meet the needs of vitiligo researchers around the world. Crowdfunding is being used successfully to generate funding for various projects and start-ups that are too small for a bank loan but too large for a personal credit card. In the US, charities use this mechanism to generate lots of money for all kinds of social projects.
We had little time and little experience in building our crowdfunding platform. While still under development, the platform is already very agile and interactive. We use a flexible funding model so that researchers would be guaranteed to receive whatever we had raised before a set date. We will charge a nominal fee of 1% for administration and project management, and 99% of all funds collected will go into the project.
We understand that sometimes other vitiligo non-profit organizations may seek extra funding, too, and we believe no one should have to do it alone. Contact us and we’ll help you raise funds for your projects.
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What is coming?
NY Vitiligo community meeting
We will be having a joint session with another community group, the alopecia areata group. Alopecia areata is an immune-related disease, like vitiligo, that causes ha...13 April 2017 19:00, NYU's Ambulatory Care Center at 24...
VITFriends Fundraising & Awareness Concert in Boston
Featuring: M.C. - Mary-dith Tuitt Jazz vocalist - Katani Summer Steel drum instrumentalist - Justin Petty Vocalist - Emily Orji and Dr. Victor Huan...30 April 2017 14:30, Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Du...
Pyrostegia venusta as a folk medicine for vitiligo?
Pyrostegia venusta is a neotropical evergreen vine widely spread in Brazil throughout fields, at the coast, edge of the woods and along roadsides (see photo below). Po...
Will it spread?
The condition varies from person to person. Some people only get a few small, white patches that progress no further. Other people get bigger white patches that join u...
Can Ginkgo Biloba help with vitiligo?
Ginkgo Biloba extract seems to be a simple, safe and fairly effective therapy for arresting the progression of the vitiligo. Ginkgo Biloba is known to have anti-inflam...
Can chemicals cause vitiligo?
Yes, certain chemicals can, indeed, induce or worsen vitiligo. Most commonly they include phenols, such as 4-tertiary-butyl phenol (4-TBP, found in adhesives) or 4-ter...