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Why should I donate?
As a volunteer-based organization, OSCELOT stands most in need of dedicated volunteers who can work on software, documentation, or administrative issues within each of OSCELOT projects. OSCELOT provides the infrastructure for the projects - the mailing lists, code repositories, bug tracking systems, etc. While all of the administrative effort is currently through unpaid volunteers, financial assistance enables us to purchase services and software which provide the OSCELOT infrastructure, and allows us to contract third party support and services.

Is there a cost to participate?

Of course not! OSCELOT is about you, promoting the use of free and open source educational software, and is committed to providing free access to all interested participants. All of our code is distributed under  OSI-approved licenses. The project mailing lists are all open to the public and project contributors and suggestions are welcomed with open arms (for more details see the Projects page).

So, there is no cost required to download or contribute code to the projects. However, there is usually a substantial time commitment that is required in order to contribute to a project. For some, time is cheaper than money. For others, money is cheaper than time. We realize that, and want to promote contributions from everyone - no matter the form.

Become involved in your favorite project!
The first way you can help OSCELOT is to contribute your time to your favorite project. There is always a need for participants in each project. We also consider reporting of problems to our tracking systems a valuable contribution. Each project will have more information about how to best contribute on their own websites.

Create a new project
OSCELOT is always looking for new or existing collaborative software projects that are in need of a new or additional home. This includes projects related or unrelated to the existing OSCELOT projects, as long as they concern the teaching and learning communities. If you have further questions about how to become involved in an extant project or how to start a new project, please contact project.support@oscelot.org.

If I donate financially, where would my donations go?
If you'd like to contribute financially to OSCELOT, we would greatly appreciate it. Currently, the bulk of our financial obligations are going towards providing our technical infrastructure and associated services - the software and hardware that we require. OSCELOT also requires legal support for the organization, our projects, and therefore, it is often required to obtain qualified legal counsel about issues that arise.

Non-directed vs directed financial contributions
  • Non-directed financial contributions are used at the discretion of OSCELOT for funding and delivering the various services provided by the organization and those who serve the organization.
  • Directed financial contributions are used in a targeted manner for accomplishing specific goals of the organization.

Please note that we currently do not support directed financial contributions of any nature or amount.

OSCELOT is a nonprofit organization

OSCELOT is a private operating corporation that is registered as a non-profit, charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. This means that, for individuals within the U.S., donations to OSCELOT should be tax-deductible. We are not accountants, so this cannot be trusted as financial advice of any kind, but hopefully this description will be useful to those who advise you in these matters. You may view our ruling letter from the IRS acknowledging our 501(c)(3) status. ADD LINK TO THE LETTER

You may also review the latest financial filings and non-profit exemption application of OSCELOT in our public records section.
More information about nonprofits and related issues can be found at the Internet Nonprofit Center.

I'd like to talk to someone about supporting OSCELOT!

If you would like more information about supporting OSCELOT, please contact fund.raising@oscelot.org. Donations are handled differently from non-directed sponsorships so if you want your donations to be part of the Sponsorship program (and thus obtain the benefits of the program), you must coordinate your donation with the Public Relations and Fundraising Committee (fund.raising@oscelot.org).

All information will be kept in strictest confidence.

Donate Financially

Donate via PayPal
Individuals and companies can donate funds to support OSCELOTand its projects.
You can contribute via PayPal by clicking on the this button:

Donate via check
You can also donate by sending a check or money order, made payable to "OSCELOT" to the following address:

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Please include the name under which you wish the donation to be credited, either your own or a third-party if it is a gift on behalf of someone else, and an e-mail address to which we can acknowledge receipt. This information will not be used for any other purpose. We will send a physical receipt by normal mail for any donations of US$250 or more, provided you include a return address. If a return address or name is not provided we will assume the donation to be anonymous.

Please use the above address for donations only. Non-donation contact information is availalable on our Governance page.