Welcome to the first 2017 edition of the Faces of FreeBSD series. We’re again sharing a story from someone involved in FreeBSD. It may be a story from someone who’s received funding from us to work on development projects, run conferences, travel to conferences, or advocate for FreeBSD. Or, it may be from someone who gives back to FreeBSD financially or in another way. Regardless, it is always from someone who is making a positive difference in the FreeBSD world.
Happy new year and welcome to 2017! In this update, I’ll take the opportunity to look at how the FreeBSD Foundation identifies, reviews, and chooses projects to be undertaken by paid development staff and by recipients of project development grants.
From those of us at the Foundation, we would like to say…
As we’ve mentioned before, if you’ve ever been to a FreeBSD Developer Summit, or read any of the Foundation entries in the quarterly status report, you’ve heard us talk about how advocating for FreeBSD is an important part of how we support the Project. Advocacy takes many forms, from attending conferences to promote the Project, to creating literature to educate and inform on the latest FreeBSD efforts. We talk about the latest developments on social media, interview community members about their experiences with FreeBSD, and work with companies to share why FreeBSD is their operating system of choice.
We are thrilled to announce we have received a $500,000 donation from an anonymous donor. We are incredibly grateful for this donation and want to extend a heartfelt thank you to this donor for recognizing the value we provide by supporting the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide. We are indebted to to donors like this, who are investing in FreeBSD and the Foundation to make FreeBSD the best platform for education, research, computing, product development, and gaining real-world skills. Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year!
Over the past year, the Foundation staff and grant recipients completed many projects. A check of the Subversion source repository shows over 950 commits sponsored by the FreeBSD Foundation. Here is a recap of the major development work undertaken in 2016.
We’re halfway through the giving season! Thank you to everyone who has already donated to the Foundation. As we mentioned in the most recent newsletter, the updated #GivingTuesday stats show that you helped us raise $8400 in 24 hours! With the generous donation from What’sApp CEO and Founder, Jan Koum, the Foundation has reached 71% of our goal. This is where you come in. Please help us continue and grow our investment in The FreeBSD Project by donating today.
I’d like to take the opportunity to talk with you about what we CAN accomplish together in 2017.
First, I want to thank all of you who helped us surpass our goal in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign! Your generosity raised over $8400 in a 24 hour period, and provided a promising start to our End-of-Year campaign. We’re now one step closer to reaching this year’s important fundraising goal of $1,250,000.
The FreeBSD Foundation is thrilled to share the news that thanks to the generosity of Jan Koum, CEO and Co-Founder of WhatsApp, the Foundation is $500,000 closer to reaching our goal for 2016.
It’s almost here! Tomorrow, November 29, is #GivingTuesday. Now in its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global event that brings together diverse communities to foster giving.
The Foundation is calling on the FreeBSD community to channel your passion for FreeBSD into helping us reach our #GivingTuesdayFreeBSD campaign goal of raising $5,000 in the 24 hour period. Your support, no matter the size, will have a lasting impact on the Project.