Hi! We’re a small group of scientists and engineers committed to the growth of nanotechnology and nanoscience. We lead Nanotech Alliance, a volunteer-run group that is creating a network of nanotechnologists and nanoscientists from all levels of education and experience. We provide resources to promote innovation, collaboration, and accessibility within nanotechnology and nanoscience communities. The Alliance is open to everyone.
Nanotech NYC (https://www.nanotechnyc.com/
) is our flagship hub of the Nanotech Alliance. We are a community of scientists and engineers committed to the growth of nanotechnology and nanoscience in the New York City area. Through partnerships with local organizations like research institutions and companies, we offer programming that spans education, outreach, and career development in nanotechnology.
The Alliance/Nanotech NYC has been operating informally since 2018 and since then has hosted several seminars (Nanochats), networking events (Nanonites), highlighted nanotech researchers through our blogsite, and co-sponsored several additional events with partner institutions. You will find a full list of activities on our website (https://www.nanotechnyc.com/activity
). Nonetheless, we’ve realized that our lack of formal financial systems are holding us back from pursuing some of our larger goals.
We operated on minimal budget, with funding from partner organizations and our own money. We’re ready to expand the Nanotech Alliance, but that means we need to expand our budget, too.
The Alliance Board (https://www.nanotechnyc.com/team
) has decided to pursue formal non-profit status, with the help of a lawyer. We have registered with New York State as a corporation and now need to formally register for non-profit status with the IRS. We’re estimating that this process will cost approximately $3,000. However, the Nanotech Alliance cannot legally solicit donations until we have our non-profit status. That means that the committee will have to fund the registration process out of our own savings. That’s where you come in! Our small committee needs support so that we can make the Nanotech Alliance bigger and better. For now, we ask for personal donations to the to minimize the out of pocket expenses we are incurring.
Once we receive our non-profit status, we are able to accept tax-deductible donations to the Alliance. Thank you for being part of this big step for us; please know it means a lot to us and we deeply appreciate your continued support!
Jacob Trevino, Frederick Pearsall, Ingrid Paredes, Roxana Piotrowska, Shruti Sharma, and Francesco Lavini Breakdown of expenses:
To complete registration with the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit:
Lawyer’s time = Approximately $2,750
Filing fees = $275
Total: $3,025 (Or approximately $3,000)
Any remaining funding beyond what is used to reach non-profit status will contribute to operational expenses and expanded programming:
- Website and domain hosting costs
- Email service for the websites
- Online software (CRM) to create and manage mailing lists
- Operating costs: accountant to handle annual financial reporting