The diffusion of responsibility problem means most of us don’t donate to worthy causes, because we don’t think it’ll make a difference. This will only change when we go against this perverse intuition.
These are the charities and non-profit organisations I donate money to, and encourage you to as well.
Health and research
- Cure Cancer Australia
This organisation directly funds cancer researchers, without resorting to employing clipboard pushers in public places to intimidate people into donations, or employing banks of spam callers. It’s a personal issue for me, having lost several family members including my mum to the disease.
- Global Development Group
This is the Australian arm of the United Nations World Food Programme. Their global site has more details on how to donate in your country.
- FreeBSD Foundation
FreeBSD is my OS of choice for professional and personal use. I was lucky enough to meet Benedict Reuschling, Allan Jude, and the devs at AsiaBSDCon 2018 and 2019; they’re wonderful people doing important work. The Foundation supports the community, sponsors development and events, and provides travel grants for those who can’t afford to attend events.
Run by Michael Dexter, whom I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with at AsiaBSDCon. The BSDFund directly contributes to delveopers doing important work in the BSD and illumos community.
- Open Source Technology Improvement Fund
It’s hard to overstate how important the technologies this fund supports are. OpenSSL is the backbone of the secure internet, OpenVPN is the de-facto small VPN standard, GnuPG secures email, and VeraCrypt is a viable, more secure disk encryption system, especially for Windows users.
- Internet Archive
This is one of the Internet’s greatest treasures. The Archive is a non-profit public digital library with content accessible to everyone. Their Wayback Machine stores snapshots of websites in time, many of which no longer exist. They’ve saved thousands of broken links on Wikipedia. And they’ve provided hosting for my podcast for more than a decade.
- Wikimedia Foundation
When I think free access to the world’s knowledge, it’s Wikipedia and its related projects not a certain search engine. I’ve been a reader and contributor since at least 2004, and couldn’t imagine beginning any research without it.
Medhi has the best channel on YouTube; his videos are as hilarious as they are educational. I’ve learned more watching his electronics videos than anyone else, and want him to continue doing it full time now :).
The best video reviews, puppetry, and Hi-Fi history on the net. Mat is a pleasure to watch, and I love his British sense of humour.
The only antidote to bad ideas are good ideas and conversations. I’m sometimes at-odds with Sam’s guests, but they always make me think. His books on spirituality without religion, and how to apply critical thinking to meditation, have also both had a profound effect on me.
- Well May We Say
An Australian political podcast by Jeremy Sear of Something Wonky fame. He’s a voice of compassion and reason in an Australian media landscape increasingly devoid of either.