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.
Every charity I list is one whose goals I agree with* and your donation is tax deductible — with two serious exceptions:
You can see gifts I've received in my trophy room.
|Humanitarian and social efforts||Charity Navigator.org rating|
|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.||No.|
|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.||No.|
|The Red Cross||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.||Yes.|
|Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America||This is a "mentoring" organization which pairs up volunteers with children in need of guidance, friendship, tutoring and other older-sibling type services.||Yes.|
|The Marrow Foundation||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.||Yes.|
|The National Federation of the Blind||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.||Yes.|
|Oxfam International||What they do||Yes.|
|Bread for the World||Who they are||Yes.|
|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. It is also the operating system that I run on my home machine.|
|OpenBSD||Similar reasoning to netBSD above.|
|SnowNews creator||I don't have the patience to explain what this is. It's an RSS feed reader. You can look up what that means in the Wikipedia. The point is, it's a free program that I use and donations help them.|
|PuTTY development||I don't have the patience to explain what this is. It's a program. 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|
|Nearly frivolous things|
* "With whose goals I agree" is pedantry up with which I will not put.
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