• What exactly is OI, and what are their goals as an organization?

    • What exactly is OI, and what are their goals as an organization?

      Open Insulin is a nonprofit project to steward technology and build a community around the goal of producing insulin at a small scale in a distributed network of local organizations owned and controlled by the people using the insulin and the workers. We incorporated as a distinct entity in January of 2020 but the project has existed since 2015 as part of Counter Culture Labs (Oakland, CA) and collaborators from other community labs around the country and the world.

    • Where is my money going?

      We mainly spend our donation funds on lab facilities, supplies & equipment, and payments to contractors & other 3rd party service providers in order to support our work. With two brief exceptions, we have been an all-volunteer organization for our entire history and remain so currently. We get an average of about $3k in individual donations per month, and in April of 2020, we received a grant of $24k to set up our chapter in France.

    • What has the organization accomplished with their funds so far?

      Our team has been working in and out of the lab since our initial fundraiser in December 2015. We will share the results regularly for each milestone: getting pure insulin with a lab set up, reaching a yield compatible with production, achieving the protocol for small scale production, and getting insulin that is safe and suitable for medical use. After that, we will focus on the legal and regulatory questions around how to provide medicine that is safe and economical in a distributed network of production.

  • Fundraising Tips

    • How do I start my own campaign for Open Insulin?
      1. Head over to our fundraising page with CommitChange and select “Start a Campaign.”
      2. Enter a campaign name and a tagline; for example “Support Open Insulin.”
      3. Set your campaign goals and select an end-date for your campaign.
        1. Starting goal = (average donation) * (people I send a personal message / 4); with an average donation being around $20 (you can always raise your goal later on!).
      4. You can then upload a related image and/or video you may have, and you’re all set!
      5. Don’t forget to share it with your friends and family!
    • What should I highlight when describing my fundraiser?

      Begin by giving a small overview of OI and what we stand for, making sure that people know we are non-profit, open-source, and community-oriented. More importantly, emphasize why Open Insulin is valuable to YOU! Feel free to take your spin on the campaign, perhaps highlighting a personal connection you may have with the current insulin crisis or affordable healthcare in general. See a more general template here.

    • How do I let my family and friends know about my campaign for Open Insulin?

      Share away! Social media is a great way to reach a lot of different people, and personal emails can be a great way to communicate with the closest people in your life.

  • What Next?

    • How can I get more involved with OI?

      If you’re interested in getting more involved, contact us at contact@openinsulin.org! Also, feel free to attend our virtual weekly meetings at 6 pm on Wednesdays (contact us for the link). We are always looking for more volunteers and members to join our OI community! We host an info session every last Sunday of the month. Register here.