Where does your contribution go?
Donations that The FreeBSD Foundation receives are used for funding various
activities to support the FreeBSD Project like:
Development of software for FreeBSD to benefit the user and developer
community, including contract development of critical system infrastructure,
and porting of closed source applications such as Java(TM).
Obtaining computers and other equipment for developers to use toward
improving FreeBSD, such as the network performance cluster, FreeBSD.org
cluster, and personal development systems for developers.
Providing additional Internet infrastructure to aid in the development and
distribution of FreeBSD.
Support developer communication and coordination, including financial
support for developer summits, conferences, and developer travel.
- Encouraging the formation of FreeBSD user groups.
Cultivating press coverage and advertising the utility and availability of
Represent the FreeBSD Project in executing contracts, license agreements,
copyrights, trademarks, and other legal arrangements that require a
recognized legal entity.
The Foundation's fund-raising efforts are essential to keeping FreeBSD free.
As the Project grows, so do the costs.
By donating to the foundation,
you are helping us fund and manage projects, sponsor FreeBSD events, and
provide travel grants to FreeBSD developers. You are also helping us represent
the Project in executing contracts, license agreements, copyrights, trademarks,
and other legal arrangements that require a recognized legal entity.
Why We Use the Different Online Services
We provide three choices for donating online. Here is an explanation of the
different services and why we offer them.
The Click & Pledge service
gives us added features that the other online services do not support. More importantly, it automatically integrates with our donor database,
allowing us to spend more time helping the FreeBSD Project! You can make
monthly, quarterly, or yearly donations automatically with this service.
Click & Pledge allows you to add 2.75% to your donation to cover our cost of
using this service. We have also added fields to allow you to tell us what
projects you'd like us to fund as well as give us any feedback you'd
PayPal is probably the most popular for our donors. The features are limited
for us. But, they only charge us for each transaction, so there is no cost to
keeping this option available.
By popular request, we've also added the Bitcoin
option. As mentioned above, it may take up to 5 days for Bitcoin
donations to appear on the donor page.
If you do not want to make your donation online, you can still mail us a
check or wire-transfer funds to our bank.