Every year we must raise funds to support our work, and we need your help.
Many people do not realise that the Academy is a charity. A common misconception about our organisation is that we are financially well off and benefit from endowment income. This is not the case: each year we must raise the funds to support our work. We rely on our conference business at 41 Portland Place to contribute significant income to the Academy but, out of necessity, it has been closed for most of the last year which has left a shortfall in our funding of £200,000. We do not want this to limit our work. That’s why we need your help, now more than ever.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone. Our independent voice has never been more important and the demand for our expertise never greater.
Our evidence-based policy advice projects, bringing together patients and expert Fellows, have been turned around in 6-8 weeks, rather than our usual 12-18 month timelines. We produced two reports in 2020 and 2021 advising on preparations required to cope with the likely impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic during winter. As a result we have had 12 features on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, TV appearances across all major news channels, more than 200,000 report downloads, discussion of our work in Prime Minister's Questions - and in total a huge new audience for the Academy.
In addition this year, many researchers have had their research and careers severely disrupted, meaning we have needed to provide both practical support as well as online networking and advice. By making a donation you can ensure we continue to respond rapidly to the changing landscape, support researchers and continue to deal with future challenges.
Since our founding in 1998, we have provided clinician scientists with over £26m of funding, created more than 1400 pairings in our mentoring scheme and have influenced policy in the UK and globally to improve the lives of patients. We are so proud of our work, but are by no means done. Any donation, big or small, will make a huge difference.