JAX Award - Looking for an Advice

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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.

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Comments ( 8 )
  • Daniel Thursday, April 26, 2007
    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?
  • Roumen Thursday, April 26, 2007
    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.
  • Thomas Zillinger Thursday, April 26, 2007
    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
  • Markus Thursday, April 26, 2007
    if you want to support something local you might want to support this:


    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.
  • Roumen Thursday, April 26, 2007
    Four different people recommended us Artzte ohne Grenzen (Doctors without borders) today so we will donate it to them. Thank you for your suggestions.
  • Emilian Bold Thursday, April 26, 2007
    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.
  • Roumen Thursday, April 26, 2007
    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.
  • Daniel Friday, April 27, 2007
    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...).
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