[FreeBSD-Announce] Foundation End-of-Year Fund Raising Drive Update

Deb Goodkin deb at freebsdfoundation.org
Thu Dec 17 20:12:07 UTC 2009

Dear FreeBSD Community,

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to the FreeBSD
Foundation this year. We have raised $183,888 towards our 2009 goal of
$300,000! We are almost 2/3 of the way to reaching our goal! Oh, and
BTW, we have had 671 donors this year. This is compared to just over 300
this time last year. This is important not only to help us keep our
Public Charity Status, but it shows there are many users who are
passionate about FreeBSD and want to show their support.

With the weakened economy we have been very conservative with our
spending this year. But, like each previous year we have increased the
amount we have spent on the FreeBSD Project and community. We were blown
away with the number of project proposals we received this year. We were
able to fund 7 projects this year. Unfortunately we didn't have the
budget to fund all the proposals we received.

This coming year we want to double the amount we spend on project
development. In order to accomplish this, we need to meet our
fund-raising goal.

Why do we need donations?

The goal of the FreeBSD Project is to provide software that may be used
for any purpose -- and without strings attached.  Our mission is to
support the FreeBSD Project and community. Our funding comes from people
like you – those who are determined to keep FreeBSD free!

How have we spent the money this year?

•    Sponsored FreeBSD related conferences like BSDCan, EuroBSDCon,
AsiaBSDCon, KyivBSD, and DCBSDCon.

•    Provided 15 travel grants and funding to individuals to attend
these and other conferences this year.

•    Provided grants for projects that improve FreeBSD, like
wireless mesh support, FreeBSD TCP stack improvements, new console
driver, safe removal of disk devices, flattened device tree, and high
available storage projects.

•    Provided equipment for developers working to improve FreeBSD and
projects like the NetPerf cluster. We purchased servers, USB analyzers,
power controllers, and parts for computer repairs for the Project. We
also paid for shipping of equipment to various projects.

•    Provided legal support for the project on issues like understanding
the GPLv3 impact on FreeBSD, providing a privacy policy, trademark
ownership and permission, and other legal issues that come up.

How can you help?

Your financial support is critical for the FreeBSD Project. Please help
us keep FreeBSD free. Go to:


to donate (any amount will help).  And thank you for your continued
support of the FreeBSD Foundation.

Thank You,

The FreeBSD Foundation

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