OpenBSD Foundation 2014/2015 News & Fund Raising

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OpenBSD Foundation 2014/2015 News & Fund Raising

Kenneth Westerback

2014 was the most successful year to date for the OpenBSD Foundation.
Both in the amount of money we raised and in the support we provided
for the OpenBSD and related projects. We are extremely grateful for
the support shown by our contributers large and small.

A detailed summary of the Foundation's activities in 2014 can be seen at

But here are some highpoints.

We received $397,000 in new donations and paid out $129,000 to support the
activities of the OpenBSD and related projects.

Some of the things the $129,000 made happen were higher speed network
links to the project's machine room; new servers, UPSs, network
switches, serial consoles and network monitoring equipment for the
machine room; development machines for several developers; participation
in GSOC 2014; and hackathons in Lujbljana, Dunedin, Berlin, and

As you can see, 2014 was a very good year for the Foundation. This
can be attributed to a number of unique events. A very public
finanical crisis at the start of the year generated extensive
community support, and the releases of LibreSSL generated significant
interest and support.

But it is important for us not to rely on one time events for our

Which brings us to our 2015 Fundraising Campaign, described at

The OpenBSD Foundation needs your help to achieve our fundraising
goal of $200,000 for 2015. We need both Individual and Corporate
sponsorship of the Foundation.

Reaching this goal will ensure the continued health of the projects
we support, will enable us to help them do more, and will avoid the
distraction of financial emergencies that could spell the end of
the projects.

In particular it would allow us to fund more dedicated developer
time for targeted development of specific projects.

If $10 were given for every installation of OpenBSD in the last
year from the master site we would be at our goal.

If $2 were given for every download of the OpenSSH source code in
the last year from the master site we would be at our goal.

If a penny was donated for every pf or OpenSSH installed with a
mainstream operating system or phone in the last year we would be
at our goal.

As an individual or corporation, the best kind of donation we can
receive is a recurring donation. This allows longer term planning
on our part, instead of hoping for one time cash infusions. The
easiest way for an individual to support us in this way is a recurring
Paypal donation, which is our preference.

Donations to the foundation can be made on our Donations Page.

We can be contacted regarding corporate sponsorship at
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