Pride in Community: ROR Fundraising Update

By Maria Gould | November 13, 2019

ROR launched a fundraising campaign in October to call on community stakeholders to pitch in toward supporting ROR’s long-term sustainability. While the overall goal of this campaign is to raise $175,000 from community supporters over the next two years, we set an initial target of $75,000 by the end of 2019. In our fourth full week of the campaign, we are excited to announce that we have so far raised $13,500 in contributions from six different supporting organizations. We are grateful to these early supporters for getting us started off on the right foot!

ROR’s growing community of supporters speaks to the importance of building and sustaining open infrastructure for scholarly communications.

Steve Pinchotti, CEO of Altum—which has integrated ROR IDs into 26,000 institution profiles in its ProposalCentral grants platform—stated: “ROR is a critical component of a connected research data landscape. As a software company focused on the advancement of research, Altum recognizes our responsibility to financially support and sustain the key research infrastructure initiatives like ORCID and ROR that enable open science and open global identifiers for research outputs, research contributors, and research institutions.”

Melissa Harrison, eLife Head of Production Operations, adds: “The distribution of high-quality metadata using various persistent identifiers is a great tool for advancing connections and the interlinking of scholarly content with other aspects of the ecosystem. We are delighted to support this community-led initiative for an open persistent identifier for research organizations to complement those we at eLife already use for content, peer review, data, people and funding."

We look forward to crossing other milestones soon in the coming weeks as we approach our year-end goal of $75,000. But we can’t do this alone! How can you help? By spreading the word far and wide—about the campaign, about the project, and about why open community-driven infrastructure for organization IDs matters to you. You can reference the blog post introducing the campaign, and mention @ResearchOrgs on Twitter (here is the campaign kick-off Tweet). And how can you donate? Simply email to make a pledge and we’ll prepare an invoice.

Thank you for supporting ROR!

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