## Giving Back

One of the things I’ve always liked about Stack Overflow is their “Stack Gives Back” program. Each December, they donate some amount of money to open-source software projects that the Stack Exchange sites use, as well as to five or so charities with the allocation chosen by the site moderators. I always thought that was a really nice thing to do: when you benefit from the work of volunteer open-source developers, it’s only fair to support them if you have the means to do so. And back when I was a moderator on Physics Stack Exchange, it was nice to be effectively given the choice of where to donate $100 so I could support organizations that were meaningful to me, especially at times when I couldn’t really justify making a donation from my own money. So now that I have the means, I’m going to do my own round of “giving back”. In the past few days I’ve made donations to the following projects: • €50 to KDE, the desktop environment that I use every day at home and work and the reason I got into C++ programming in the first place (which allowed me to get this job) •$50 to the Mozilla Foundation, maintainers of the last standing competitor to Google’s web browser engine (and also the Thunderbird email client although I think that might use a separate donation pool)
• $99 for a supporting membership to the Python Software Foundation, my favorite quick-and-dirty-but-also-generally-great programming language •$50 to the Wikimedia Foundation in recognition of all the random Wikipedia articles I’ve read while waiting for code to compile over the past year
• $50 (plus fees) to the Internet Archive because they’re doing great work to preserve knowledge and maintain accountability •$8.55 CAD to techhub.social, the Mastodon instance I joined when Twitter imploded (more on that to come later) (why \$8.55? Exchange rates, basically)