Donating With Bitcoin in 2015
Wednesday 21 January 2015
With the start of 2015, many people have made resolutions for the new year. Perhaps many of you hope to be more charitable this year - and fortunately for bitcoin users, there are quite a few non-profit organizations that accept bitcoin. With no transaction fees and simple push payments, it's easy for anyone with bitcoins to make a donation. It's no coincidence that many bitcoin-accepting non-profits are technologically innovative and value free, open-source products. As with merchants accepting bitcoin, non-profits also help keep the bitcoin economy healthy by using and promoting bitcoin as an option for monetary transactions.
The following is a list of some great non-profit options for sending bitcoin donations. Hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised to see one of your favorite organizations accepting bitcoin - or, perhaps you'll learn more about some new organizations altogether.
Apache Software Foundation - Link to Donate
The Apache Software Foundation is the driving force behind over 100 open source projects, providing tools for developers around the world, including servers, repositories, bug trackers, and more. Funds are always needed to help pay for staff, servers, and legal services.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - Link to Donate
The EFF is an international group advocating digital rights for all. The foundation provides all sorts of services to protect digital rights and technologies, including providing legal defenses and organizing political action. The EFF started accepting bitcoin in 2013, and after just a few weeks, the EFF was happy to announce a whopping $95,070.73 bitcoin donation, in addition to over $7,000 coming from other bitcoin donators in that time period.
FileZilla - Link to Donate
FileZilla is another open-source program that provides a clean client and server for easily transferring files through FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol). The project started back in 2001 as part of a computer science class, and has since grown to become one of the most popular options for FTP file transferring.
Free Software Foundation - Link to Donate
The Free Software Foundation is an organization supporting the movement for free software, with the "worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users." The Foundation has three core components: funding and providing the infrastructure behind the GNU project; defending and advising free software; and creating educational content to educate people about free software.
GIMP - Link to Donate
GIMP (the GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open-source image editor allowing for extensive editing and drawing. Oftentimes, GIMP is considered one of the best free alternatives to Adobe's costly Photoshop.
Internet Archive - Link to Donate
The Internet Archive is literally that: an archive of hundreds of billions of webpages, showing websites as they have evolved over time. If you've ever come across a 404'd link, there is a good chance that the Internet Archive has retained a reliable copy of that webpage. In addition to providing webpage history, the Internet Archive also provides texts, videos, audio, and software.
Khan Academy - Link to Donate
Khan Academy is an organization providing free, high-quality education for anyone around the world. Home to instructional videos and exercising spanning a huge variety of subjects, along with a personal tracker, Khan Academy has helped serve over 20,000,000 people, from kindergarteners to college students, from high-class students to impoverished learners.
LibreOffice - Link to Donate
LibreOffice, developed by The Document Foundation, is an open-source office suite forked from OpenOffice. The suite provides free programs to render and create text documents, slideshow presentations, spreadsheets, drawings, and more. LibreOffice offers compatibility with many file formats, including those from Microsoft Office.
Mozilla - Link to Donate
Mozilla is best known as the creator of Firefox, the second-most popular web browser behind Google Chrome. More than that, however, is Mozilla's mission to promote "openness, innovation and participation on the Internet." Mozilla has worked on a variety of different projects, including creating Thunderbird, the email client; Firefox OS, a mobile operating system; and Mozilla Webmaker, one of Mozilla'a latest educational efforts to help people learn about web development.
Tor Project - Link to Donate
Tor is a free and open software network that lets its users use the internet anonymously. The goal of the software is to let users confidentially surf the net without being monitored, particularly in countries where censorship is prevalent. Tor's technology works by having thousands of "relays" that conceal a user's location and internet use.
VideoLAN (Creators of VLC) - Link to Donate
VideoLAN is a developer of free software for video playback. VideoLAN has initiated a variety of projects, but is mostly known for VLC, an open-source media player compatible with a huge array of audio and video formats.
The Water Project - Link to Donate
The Water Project aims to provide clean, safe water to areas that need it most. The organization partners with organizations that help provide clean water infrastructure and educate for sanitation and hygiene, among other things. At the time of this article, one of the current goals of the group is to help build 42 water wells in Kenya - and you can help sponsor that through bitcoin donations.
The Wikimedia Foundation (Parent of Wikipedia) - Link to Donate
With the end of 2014, The Wikimedia Foundation ended its donation drive, though that doesn't mean that the donations should stop. Wikimedia is the parent of the popular encyclopedia that "anyone can edit," Wikipedia. Alongside Wikipedia, Wikimedia also owns a variety of other wiki projects, including Wiktionary, Wikisource, and a free image repository (the Wikimedia Commons). Wikimedia also helps develop MediaWiki, the open-source software behind Wikipedia and many other wikis across the web.
Wikimedia first announced that they would start accepting bitcoin donations back in July of 2014. Seven days later, Wikipedia's bitcoin partner, Coinbase, announced that Wikimedia had received $140,000 in bitcoins in the first week of accepting bitcoins.
xkcd - Link to Donate
xkcd is a famous webcomic by Randall Munroe, a former NASA employee. The comic features humorous insights into science, technology, mathematics, love, and other topics - it may be best described by xkcd's official tagline, "A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language." Comics are released three times a week, and are freely licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 2.5 License. xkcd also has a "what if?" publication, where users can submit intriguing questions to be answered from a mathematical and scientific standpoint.
We've provided what we hope is an extensive and detailed list of organizations bitcoin users can donate their bitcoins to - but it doesn't stop there. Be sure to also check out BitScan's directory of non-profits for an ever-growing list of non-profits that accept bitcoin.
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