Fw: Information needed - Community Choice Awards Finalists

Ethan Blanton elb at pidgin.im
Thu Jul 19 16:17:55 EDT 2007

Sean Egan spake unto us the following wisdom:
> I suppose "charity" has a certain legal definition that's probably
> different from my brain's definition of it. I'll ask Ross Turk from
> sf.net what kind of charity he means. It seems a bit...
> non-charitable... to give to an organization that essentially benefits
> us, which all of IMF, SFLC, EFF, and FSF do.

I agree with this sentiment.  I suggest Habitat for Humanity, as I
have been impressed with both their effectiveness and apparent
efficiency in personal contact with the organization.  I also believe
that their mission (helping people help themselves) is among the
noblest possible.  They have worldwide influence in both developed and
developing countries, which seems appropriate for a software package
used globally.

Not to turn this into a food fight, which I think is against the
spirit of the whole thing, but I would have serious reservations about
Ka-Hing's suggestion of UNICEF.  UNICEF has been plagued with the same
kinds of corruption problems as the UN, with a record of embezzled
funds, an overhead of middling double-digit percentages, and
compromises in program efficacy due to local political pressures.


The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws [that have no remedy
for evils].  They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
		-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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