Tom MacWright

Where my donation dollars are going

This year I decided to grow up and donate like an adult. I’m eventually trying to hit the average, which I haven’t done.

Which is embarrassing, but it’s one of those things where you have to re-evaluate your situation and realize circumstances, priorities, and world environments have changed.

If you’re in the same situation, I figure this list would be useful as a starting point. I don’t think anything here is particularly risqué, but it does reflect a generally mainline liberal, pro-free-speech, technology-aware viewpoint.

As the year moved on, I moved from technology-centric donations to more general rights-based ones, like NYCLU and ProPublica, and I think that trend will continue: I’ll keep supporting bastions of technology culture and freedom like the Creative Commons and EFF, but focus on on-the-ground efforts that more directly affect disadvantaged people. Because that’ll be the priority very soon, for obvious reasons.

Disclosure: I know people at GovTrack,, and WABA, because I care about those things and hang in those circles.

December 30, 2016 @tmcw