Science is for everyone, and it will take everyone to keep it going.
Update on march funds and moving forward
Dear Seattle Science Marchers,
A few months ago, we set out on this adventure together with the understanding that any unpaid debts would be shouldered by us – the organizers. We did not realize how much audio, stage set-up, rentals, and all other march associated costs would add up to. We are humbled by the outpouring of support and financial donations for our cause, and are overjoyed to announce that we have just reached our $40,000 fundraising goal for the March for Science - Seattle! We are deeply touched and grateful to everyone who has contributed both time and funds to our cause.
In the months leading up to our march, we provided a number of free events bringing people and scientists together. Our first event was a free guided hike through Carkeek Park lead by our very own Biologist, Liz Warfield. Our second event was a beach clean-up event in Point Defiance. Our third event was Biology and Bluegrass, where Marine Biologist and UW faculty Dr. Mandy Schivell and a team of graduate students helped people touch marine organisms and discussed issues of marine biology while a local band, the Gray Sky Ramblers, played in the background. Our final pre-march event, organized by Eric Camp and Liz Warfield, was hosted by the UW student groups Women of Chemical Science and oSTEM (out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). These groups hosted a free chemistry demonstration aimed at science inclusion with goal of helping students change their perception of who can be a scientist and what scientists look like.
As the march approaches, we are in the wonderful position of planning how to spend any remaining funds. March for Science - Seattle has been 100% unpaid volunteer-run. None of the organizers or leadership has ever earned any income from this event and most of us have incurred debt as a result of our participation. Looking forward, our goal is to continue serving our community. Between our four free pre-march events, we served hundreds of individuals and families in our community. This illustrates the need for high-quality, low-cost, diversity-centered science outreach and we are uniquely qualified to provide these services. As we look to our future beyond the march, we want to continue to serve our community by providing low- to no-cost events where people can meet scientists and engage in science in new and exciting ways.