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Donate to The Faraday Institute

By giving to a specific project

If you would like to give to one of these projects, which of course can be a contribution and not the total amount, you can choose a project when making a donation.

Projects that require funding

Filming a Lecture or Seminar [£50]

Our Multimedia folder now contains one of the largest on-line collections of materials on science and religion which are offered free as a service to the international community. They are currently viewed by around 350,000 people a year as they are posted not only in our Multimedia folder but also on the Cambridge University web-site. Your gift will cover the costs of the film, the labour cost and subsequent editing before posting.

Translating a Faraday Paper [£100]

Our Faraday Papers are already translated into 12 different languages but there is scope for many more. They are appreciated by a broad international audience as succinct introductions to different aspects of the science-religion discussion. A modest honorarium of £100 is paid for the translation of each Paper, which includes checking for style and accuracy. Your gift will help us to extend our worldwide circulation.

Funding books for low-income countries [£120]

Whenever possible we try and give packs of key books on science and religion to those awarded bursaries (on which see below) to help them build a library back in their home countries, not only for themselves but to lend out to interested friends. Academically solid resources on the topic are greatly lacking in many parts of the world.

Bursaries for Course Attendance [£200-£800]

Gifts in this range will greatly assist us in helping those from low-income countries to attend our Courses in Cambridge. Our Courses are open to any graduate or undergraduate from any university in the world of any faith or none. Bursaries are awarded by open competition. Those receiving bursaries have certain obligations when they return home which include making at least one local presentation and writing an article on what they have learnt. It is through our international Course alumni that we have been able to start up our overseas Faraday Course programme that has so far included three Courses in India. Named bursaries can be arranged for donors who would like to do so and the name(s) of bursary recipients can also be shared with donors upon request.

Funding a Faraday Research Seminar [£400]

Our fortnightly research seminars during term-time represent a core activity that reaches out to a far wider audience than the attendance at St. Edmund’s College. When we first started these seminars in early 2006 the series was of course unknown and attendances were in the range 30-50. Since that time regular attendances are in the range 50-100 and numbers have crept up to 125 on occasion, which for a lunch-time seminar in Cambridge, where many other seminars are going on every lunch-time, represents an excellent attendance. Since seminars are filmed and posted on-line, some of our seminars have now been viewed on-line more than 10,000 times, greatly amplifying the audience. Named sponsorship of particular seminars, or a series of seminars, can be arranged for those who would like to do so.

Funding a Faraday Public Lecture [£800]

Our termly Public Lectures involve large audiences, more than 500 on occasion for well-known speakers such as Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sachs, and are followed by a reception and then a dinner-discussion which draws in 20 invited members of the University who are given the opportunity to engage with the speaker in a more extended discussion. The discussions are transcribed, edited and then posted on the web-site. Named sponsorship of particular lectures, or a series of lectures, can be arranged for those who would like to do so.

Funding a Week-End Faraday Course [£9,000]

Our week-end Faraday Courses in Cambridge are attended by a very broad range of delegates from mainly European Countries. Except for those receiving bursaries, all delegates pay the usual registration and food/accommodation fees, but these are subsidised quite heavily to enable students and recent graduates to attend. Furthermore, speakers’ travel and other costs are paid for out of our own funds in order to keep registration fees as reasonable as possible. It therefore costs us £9000 to run a week-end Course in Cambridge. Named sponsorship of particular courses can be arranged for those who would like to do so.

Funding a Faraday Summer Course [£25,000]

Our one week Summer Courses are always a highlight of our yearly events because of the incredible range of top-level international speakers that we are able to bring in for these occasions, as well as the very high quality cohort of international delegates who come to the Courses, ranging from undergraduates to university Vice-Chancellors. They are expensive events to run because, as for our week-end Courses, we fund the speakers and subsidise the delegates’ fees to enable a wider range of people to attend. All the lectures (five a day plus a panel discussion) are filmed and posted on the web-site, hugely increasing the total impact of the event. Named sponsorship of a particular Summer Course can be arranged for those who would like to do so.

Funding help for the Test of Faith project [£40,000]

The ‘Test of Faith’ project aims to help the international Christian community to engage in, and provide support for, contemporary science, recognising the long partnership between science and faith over the centuries. This project has been extremely successful and has expanded in many directions, including international translations, schools work, and in many online outputs. The demands of maintaining the momentum of this important project are considerable. A half-time Research Assistant funded by this donation over a two-year period would greatly assist in utilising the many opportunities that are already apparent but which Dr Bancewicz in her present role as Test of Faith Project Leader (20% time) alongside running her own research project (80% time) is unable to address.

Funding help for the Faraday Course Director [£42,000]

The Faraday Course Director, Dr Holder, works half time in Course organisation and administration and the other half in research. In practice what is happening is that Dr Holder’s time for research is being squeezed out due to the pressures of organising an ever-widening series of courses overseas as well as in Cambridge, together with an intensive lecturing schedule all over the UK as Dr Holder is much in demand as a speaker. A half-time research assistant over a 2-year period would greatly help to spread the load and enable greater productivity both in organising the Course schedule as well as in research outputs.

Funding help for the Faraday Administrator [£43,381]

Every organisation has a key administrator who keeps the organisation machinery well oiled and Mrs Polly Stanton is that person who has been with us (half-time) since the start of the Institute in January 2006. Anyone who has been on a Course either as a speaker or as a delegate, not to speak of the countless other speakers and visitors who flow through the doors of the Institute, will have encountered Mrs Stanton’s helpful and efficient guidance. Funding at this level would support this position over a two-year period. Funding administration is one of the biggest challenges in fund-raising as there is a tendency to give to the projects for which the outputs are more measurable, but in reality it is often the key support staff who are most in urgent need of funding.

Funding a key faith and sustainability project [£64,000]

Both our environmental and economic systems are in crisis with consequences that affect everyone. The Faraday Institute in collaboration with the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics will shortly finish a five year project entitled Hope for Creation. As part of this, we held a conference “Sustainability in Crisis” which brought together delegates from the major world faiths and those of no faith, and experts from environmental and financial disciplines involved in government, private enterprise and academia. One of the outcomes is identification of a major gap in relating environmental and economic sustainability and we would like to build on our contacts and expertise to address this crucial area. This funding would support our experienced researcher Colin Bell for two years at 4 days/week.