I won’t go as far as to say that the calendar system is arbitrary and there is no reason to follow it :-p, but I have to say that giving donations shouldn’t be limited to Christmas. So if are/get in a giving mood, here are some geeky organizations you could donate to:
- There is an auction going on on eBay for a very rare userfriendly.org T-shirt. All the proceedings will be donated to cancer research (there is 1 day and 8 hours remaining as of this moment)
- Buy Bad Code Offsets. 100% of the money will be donated to open source projects
- Most of the “free” services on the Internet accept donations: go donate to your favorite open-source project / podcast.
When we share, we all get richer. (ok, this is not mathematically exact, but it sure sounds nice, doesn’t it?)
Update: here are a couple more projects/organizations you should consider donating to:
- The EFF - Electronic Frontier Foundation: "the leading civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world."
- The SFLC - The Software Freedom Law Center: "We provide legal representation and other law-related services to protect and advance Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS)". Also, you should check out their podcast which is always full with interesting information.
- Wikileaks: "The Sunshine Press (WikiLeaks) is an non-profit organization funded by human rights campaigners, investigative journalists, technologists and the general public. Through your support we have exposed significant injustice around the world—successfully fighting off over 100 legal attacks in the process."
- OpenStreetMap: "The Free Wiki World Map" AKA the community created and owned map of the entire world.
Picture taken from Mickael Casol's photostream with permission.