April Giving Report: Dr. Bronner’s Steps Up with $5 Million for Phase 3

In April 2017, MAPS co-hosted with Beckley Foundation the Psychedelic Science 2017 conference in Oakland, California. The conference was a gathering of thousands of scientists and experts sharing the newest findings in scientific and medical research investigating psychedelics and marijuana.

During Psychedelic Science 2017, David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s, stepped up with a $5 million pledge to support MAPS’ efforts, after receiving the green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to move onto Phase 3 studies of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD. Over the next five years, Dr. Bronner’s will generously donate $1 million per year. David Bronner has been a trailblazer in drug policy in his own right, and it is with gratitude that MAPS accepts his incredible leadership towards legalization of MDMA as a medicine.

Phase 3 studies will cost between $25-$35 million for both FDA and European Medicines Agency (EMA) approval. With $10 million in hand, there’s still a funding gap we need to close.

An additional $197,000 in new donations and pledges were received from 268 supporters last month. We extend a special thanks to those who so generously supported MAPS in April::

General Support

  • Jason Dorsett ($2,000)
  • Ofir Kedar ($1,000)

MDMA/PTSD Phase 3 Studies

  • Anja Saunders ($1,000)
  • Dr. Bronner’s ($5 million)
  • Rodrigo Nino ($100,000)
  • Anonymous ($40,000)
  • Social Venture Partners Portland ($12,500)
  • Jud Ireland ($10,000)
  • Daniel McMurtrie ($10,000)
  • Allan M. Badiner ($1,000)
  • Bertram Meyer ($1,000)
  • Magaly Mauer ($1,000)


  • Hilary Silver ($10,000)
  • Leander Fortmann ($1,000)

MAPS relies on the generosity of individual donors to achieve our mission. Psychedelic science is again being conducted under federal guidelines, but no funding for psychedelic psychotherapy research is yet available from governments or major foundations.

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