August 2019 Giving Report: MAPS Raises $113,333, Zendo Project Fundraising Campaign Raises $58,647

In August 2019, MAPS raised $113,333 in new donations and pledges from 863 supporters. Of that amount, $82,954 was for general support and $13,357 was for the Zendo Project.

On August 16, MAPS launched our annual crowdfunding campaign for the Zendo Project, a psychedelic peer support program that provides training and services for challenging psychedelic experiences. The Zendo Project is working towards a fully sustainable model where program expenses are entirely covered by event venues and producers or recovered through training fees. Until the Zendo Project achieves full sustainability, we rely on support from individual donors to bring psychedelic harm reduction to the places where it is needed most. This year, $55,000 is available in matching grants from three generous supporters ($30,000 from the Riverstyx Foundation, $15,000 from Connor Hill, and $10,000 from Dan McMurtrie). The first $55,000 in donations to the campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, effectively doubling the impact of these gifts!

Currently, MAPS estimates $9-$10 million is needed for European Medicines Agency (EMA) trials to supplement the data gathered for the FDA. In May 2019, MAPS reached our initial goal of $2 million raised for this program, facilitating the continuation of critical start up activities for the planned trials in multiple European countries.

We extend a special thanks to those who so generously supported MAPS last month:

General Support:

  • Ryan Zurrer ($19,990)
  • Craig Comstock ($9,274)
  • Robert Tod Chubrich ($5,179)
  • Ariel Poler ($5,000)
  • Karl Richard ($5,000)
  • AmazonSmile Foundation ($3,109)
  • Andrew Ryan ($2,500)
  • Sahajia Sarkisian ($1,500)
  • Tyler Borland ($1,000)
  • Adam Goetsch ($1,000)
  • Jeffrey Guss ($1,000)
  • Chad Hollingsworth ($1,000)
  • Frederick Schilling ($1,000)

MDMA General:

  • Audra Foster ($12,577)


  • Candra Docherty ($1,500)

Harm Reduction:

  • Shibani Malhotra ($1,000)

Therapists of Color Team Training:

  • Tyler Norris ($1,000)

Fiscal Sponsorship:

MAPS fiscally sponsors like-minded organizations and projects. This list includes donors who have contributed $1,000+ to organizations we fiscally sponsor.

  • Robin Wechkin and Bill Bolosky ($49,687) – AIMS Institute
  • Anonymous ($30,000) – From Shock to Awe
  • Harry A. Morton ($5,000) – The Mission Within
  • Louis Schwartzberg ($5,000) – Prescription X

MAPS relies on the generosity of individual donors to achieve its 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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