SAN DIEGO, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Benefunder announced today that it has now established agreements with 10 nationally known research institutions to offer prospective donors the opportunity to support their faculty engaged in leading-edge research and innovation programs through Benefunder's unique philanthropic "marketplace."
Benefunder provides a targeted approach for high impact giving by donors who want to focus their support on research and innovation that addresses causes about which they feel most passionate. It now has institutional-level agreements with the University of California/San Diego, the Children's National Health System, the University of Florida, Harvard University, the International Computer Science Institute, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, and University of Wisconsin/Madison.
The Benefunder marketplace features more than 650 research programs led by active researchers at more than 50 leading institutions. Institutions with formal agreements with Benefunder can recommend the most promising and innovative research programs all across their institution for inclusion on the Benefunder platform, and establish protocols for incoming gifts.
Programs on the platform reflect all stages of research and innovation, including proof of concept, pre- commercialization, clinical trials, and incubators and accelerators, in fields including life science, new technology, the environment, and the arts and humanities. Faculty leading the programs are profiled on the platform for review of their work by prospective donors and their wealth advisors. Donors direct financial support to the researchers of their choice through donor-advised funds, a philanthropic vehicle offered by wealth management firms.
"Establishing formal agreements with 10 of the nation's most prominent research institutions in just two years is a milestone for Benefunder," said Christian Braemer, Benefunder cofounder and CEO. "'Such agreements provide donors greater access to the nation's most promising opportunities for philanthropic support of research and innovation, across a broad spectrum of critical causes.
"By bringing together world-class researchers and donors who want to make a meaningful impact on society's most pressing challenges, we have real potential to strengthen innovation, invigorate the economy and enhance lives," he said.
Benefunder is a unique funding channel for research and innovation, providing financial advisors with a better solution for targeted philanthropy and donors with a smarter and more meaningful way to give. Benefunder is the U.S.'s largest donor platform for active research, offering the opportunity to directly support more than 650 top researchers working toward breakthrough treatments and solutions that will greatly impact and benefit society. For more information, please visit www.benefunder.com.
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