I have been unable to think of any polite way to tell this to people directly, so I'm going to say it on my webpage. I have enough stuff. If you want to purchase a present for me, please donate as much as you would spend on me to one of the following charities. A $5.00 donation means so much more to me than a $50.00 gift certificate. Of course if you want to make me a pizza or just say, "John, you're the bomb." that's okay, too.
- Humanitarian and social efforts
- The Book Thing of Baltimore : Need a book? Take. Have a book? Give. You can donate physical books or money. This is a local Baltimore charity.
- St. John's Huntingdon : This is my church in Baltimore. If you're likely to donate to them, maybe you'd like to visit. They offer a welcoming Christian community and beautiful traditional Anglican mass.
- The Red Cross (ARC Charity Navigator Rating) : This is one of my favorite charities. Giving blood or platelets means a lot more to me than money. No amount of cash can generate human blood. To donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit http://www.givelife.org.
- Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America (BBBS Charity Navigator Rating) : This is a mentoring organization which pairs up volunteers with children in need of guidance, friendship, tutoring and other older-sibling type services.
- The Marrow Foundation (NMDP Charity Navigator Rating) : This is the non-profit organization which helps fund the National Marrow Donor Program. You should also submit a blood sample to the NMDP to save the life of somebody who matches your marrow. Any donation can be done completely anonymously.
- The National Federation of the Blind (NFB Charity Navigator Rating) : This organization is by the blind, for the blind. They provide job-training, legal advice, braille materials, computer usage advice and much more to blind people across the United States.
- Bread for the World (BFTW Charity Navigator Rating) : Who they are.
- Oxfam International (Oxfam Charity Navigator Rating) : What they do.
- Computer oriented and technical things
- SDF : This is the non-profit educational UNIX system that hosts my website for free, gives me my e-mail and lets me compile programs and do lots of other neat computer-geek stuff. You can join, too, if you'd like to learn more about UNIX.
- netBSD : This is the operating system that the above mentioned SDF runs.
- OpenBSD : Similar reasoning to netBSD above.
- PuTTY development : It's a little too complicated to explain what this is. You can look it up in the Wikipedia. The point is, it's a free program that I use and donations help them.
- Pentadactyl : This is a firefox add-on that changes the entire functionality of Firefox to one that is maximally efficient (for nerds who can handle it). It's a free program that I use and donations help them.
- Project Gutenberg : A resource for free electronic versions of every book that is out of copyright.
- Videolan Project : An open source video player
"With whose goals I agree" is pedantry up with which I will not put. ↩