JAX Award - Looking for an Advice



As I wrote yesterday we won the JAX community innovation award. We also won 1000 Euros together with the prize. We are looking for a charity to donate this money to, so if you have a recommendation, please leave it in the blog comments. Charities in Germany are preferred, but we can also consider charities in Europe (this was a European contest). Thanks.
Comments:

Are you looking for charities like Red Cross, Diakonie or Caritas or more like Greenpeace or "Die Gesellschafter" (see here: http://diegesellschafter.de/projekt/ueber/projekt.en.php) or more like local charities who are dedicated to fight against cancer, homelessness or care for orphan childs?

Posted by Daniel on duben 26, 2007 at 04:26 dop. CEST #

We are looking for a charity where such amount of money can make difference, and it should be rather local because the contest was local. It should be a charity with which people had good experiences in the past - the money is well spent. The other recommendations I got so far are Artzte ohne Grenzen and SOS-Kinderdörfer.

Posted by Roumen on duben 26, 2007 at 04:34 dop. CEST #

Please consider WorldVision (http://www.worldvision.org/worldvision/master.nsf/home/), since they are really trying to help children around the world who need help. See e.g. 'How we help' (http://www.worldvision.org/about_us.nsf/child/ways_we_help_main?Open&lid=sector&lpos=body) There are reallly many ways how you can help children and families through WorldVision with even little money

Posted by Thomas Zillinger on duben 26, 2007 at 04:44 dop. CEST #

if you want to support something local you might want to support this:
http://www.projektgruppeseeadlerschutz.de
this is an organisation to protect the White-tailed Eagle (Seeadler in German) in the North of Germany. the bird is the national bird of Germany and a globally threatened species.

Posted by Markus on duben 26, 2007 at 09:48 dop. CEST #

Four different people recommended us Artzte ohne Grenzen (Doctors without borders) today so we will donate it to them. Thank you for your suggestions.

Posted by Roumen on duben 26, 2007 at 10:54 dop. CEST #

Why don't you try to do something in the spirit of Google's Summer of Code ? Try and set-up some "bounty" on some features and let some student(s) enjoy the money. You can always donate to a charity but this was an award for technical merit of an Open-Source project. It only makes sense to put the money on Open-Source (especially since people say very few actually donate to open-source ;) ). I think this is also the reason JAX gave those money (which you didn't seem to expect from what I see): to support the 'community', since not all OSS projects have corporate backing.

Posted by Emilian Bold on duben 26, 2007 at 06:36 odp. CEST #

Good idea Emilian, next time we will consider it. It was decided now that we will use the money for charity. Yes, we did not expect the donation - and we thought it wouldn't be fair to keep it for ourselves, since we have Sun's backing.

Posted by Roumen on duben 27, 2007 at 01:31 dop. CEST #

There are many good charities out there, but Ärzte ohne Grenzen is for sure a good decision. "Grenzen" in this case is a play of words and means "border" (so they act outside their home country to help people in need in Africa, e.g.) and "limits" as well (they try to help as much as they can...).

Posted by Daniel on duben 27, 2007 at 02:25 dop. CEST #

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