Re: [GRG] Fundraising

On Dec 23, 2014, at 2:34 AM, wrote:

> Dear Reason:
> Up to a point you are correct. However, in the 4 1’2 years since its inception, the LDIC has not raised a single dollar for increased aging research despite having all of the heavyweight non-profits as members.
> When a result as sharp as this appears, I think that it is essential to question the very ways in which we are trying to increase funding.
> The main problem is NOT in having too few approaches (diversity) it is that we, as a sophisticated aging research community , can’t get off the
> ground with proven, classical fund raising methods.
> NOTE: The large amounts of money essential to increasing quality aging research precludes “mom & pop store” ideas which can only raise small
> amounts of funds. What I’m calling for is :
> “Our aging research community needs to get real by adopting good business practices which have been proven to work”. With Google-Calico-AbbVie
> entering the aging research picture I think that we will see EXACTLY that.

In my first post in the Fundraising discussion, I explained why this is backwards.

You are proposing normal fundraising methods for a superior, not normal, cause. Normal methods do not leverage this superiority. Instead they mean competing as an equal (at best) with inferior rivals.

The superiority anti-aging has is it’s actually more important and has better reasoned arguments than most other causes. Classical fund raising methods don’t utilize that advantage. Actually they diminish that advantage, e.g. matching donation fundraisers are dishonest, disrespect donors (treating them as sheep to be manipulated), and distance anti-aging from reason/intelligence. And by doing this, it preferentially tries to create a community of sheep (because it’s optimized for them and alienating to others) – it’s not a huge effect but it pushes things in that counter-productive direction.

Elliot Temple


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My full-time commitment is to slow and ultimately reverse age related functional decline to increase healthy years of life. I’ve been active in this area since the 1970s, steadily building skills and accomplishments. I have a good basic understanding of the science of aging, and have many skills that complement those of scientists so they can focus on science to advance our shared mission. Broad experience Top skills: administration, management, information technology (data and programming), communications, writing, marketing, market research and analysis, public speaking, forging ethical win-win outcomes among stakeholders (i.e. high level "selling"). Knowledge in grant writing, fundraising, finance. Like most skilled professionals, I’m best described as a guy who defines an end point, then figures out how to get there. I enjoy the conception, design, execution and successful completion of a grand plan. Executive Director Gerontology Research Group (GRG). Manages Email discussion forum, web site, meetings and oversees supercentenarian (oldest humans, 110+ years) research. CEO / Executive Director Carl I. Bourhenne Medical Research Foundation (Aging Intervention Foundation), an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Early contributor to Supercentenarian Research Foundation. Co-Founder Geroscience Healthspan Forum. Active contributor to numerous initiatives to increase healthy years of life. Co-authored book on conventional, practical methods available today to slow the processes of aging – nutrition, exercise, behavior modification and motivation, stress reduction, proper supplementation, damage caused by improper programs, risk reduction and others. Fundamental understanding of, and experience in the genomics of longevity (internship analyzing and curating longevity gene papers). Biological and technical includes information technology, software development and computer programming, bioinformatics and protein informatics, online education, training programs, regulatory, clinical trials software, medical devices (CAT scanners and related), hospital electrical equipment testing program. Interpersonal skills – good communication, honest, well liked, works well in teams or alone. Real world experience collaborating in interdisciplinary teams in fast paced organizations. Uses technology to advance our shared mission. Education: MBA 1985 University of Southern California -- Deans List, Albert Quon Community Service Award (for volunteering with the American Longevity Association and helping an elderly lady every other week), George S. May Scholarship, CA State Fellowship. BA psychology, psychobiology emphasis 1983 California State University Fullerton Physiological courses as well as core courses (developmental, abnormal etc). UCLA Psychobiology 1978, one brief but fast moving and fulfilling quarter. Main interest was the electrochemical basis of consciousness. Also seminars at the NeuroPsychiatric Institute. Other: Ongoing conferences, meetings and continuing education. Aging, computer software and information technology. Some molecular biology, biotech, bio and protein informatics, computer aided drug design, clinical medical devices, electronics, HIPAA, fundraising through the Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals. Previous careers include: Marketing Increasing skill set and successes in virtually all phases, with valuable experience in locating people and companies with the greatest need and interest in a product or service, and sitting across the table with decision makers and working out agreements favorable to all. Information Technology: Management, data analysis and programming in commercial and clinical trials systems, and bioinformatics and protein informatics. As IT Director at Newport Beach, CA based technology organization Success Family of Continuing Education Companies, provided online software solutions for insurance and financial professionals in small to Fortune 500 size companies. We were successful with lean team organization (the slower moving competition was unable to create similar software systems). Medical devices: At Omnimedical in Paramount CA developed and managed quality assurance dept. and training depts. for engineers, physicians and technicians. Designed hospital equipment testing program for hospital services division. In my early 20’s I was a musician, and studied psychology and music. Interned with the intention of becoming a music therapist. These experiences helped develop valuable skills used today to advance our shared mission of creating aging solutions.
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