We recently set up a donation account with UC Davis to support the mission of the W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences (KeckCAVES — that’s us), and that mission includes further development of the AR Sandbox. We did this to explore alternative forms of funding for our projects, given the increasing difficulty of securing continuing support from traditional sources such as the US National Science Foundation, who funded the initial development of the AR Sandbox through the LakeViz project. Since the LakeViz project’s completion in 2016, the AR Sandbox has been an unfunded effort.
Donations to the fund linked above are US income tax-deductible as charitable contributions, and — minus a 6% administrative fee retained by UC Davis — go directly to an account over which we have spending authority, for example to draw salaries, reimburse travel costs, or purchase equipment.
If you would like to support the AR Sandbox, or the work of the KeckCAVES group at large, please visit our fund’s home page.