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Ways to donate to the FSF

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Feb 04, 2015 05:42 PM
The Free Software Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so gifts to the FSF are tax-deductible in the US. There are a number of ways you can make a donation:

Please note: Some of the ways require running nonfree JavaScript. We have tested and, when necessary, flagged some, but not all, of the donation methods listed below. We have not tested all of them because they are not the primary ways to donate. If you shun nonfree JavaScript code, please don't make an exception to donate to us in a way that requires you to run it; please use one of the donation methods that work without the need to run nonfree software.

  • In cash. You can support us via a cash donation at our office or at any conference or event at which we have a booth or a staff member present or speaking.
  • Online, using a credit or debit card. Prepaid should work too.
  • Via PayPal. Using PayPal requires running nonfree JavaScript, which we do not recommend doing. If you have an FSF account, you can donate via PayPal at; otherwise, our address is
  • By check. You can mail us a donation (the FSF can accept Canadian checks; please ask your bank to add a corresponding US bank on the check so that we don't get charged fees for depositing it). If it is a directed donation (e.g. for a sponsored project like Replicant), please write that on the memo line of the check.
  • By gifting a membership to a loved one. You can gift a membership here!
  • By wire transfer in both dollars (and all currencies converted to dollars) and euros. Please contact us at for the account information, and tell us if it is a directed donation (e.g. for a sponsored project like Replicant).
  • Through the United Way.
  • Through share stock donations, and we also encourage supporters to add the FSF to their estate plan. You can get further details by sending a mail to
  • Via Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer virtual currency. The FSF's Bitcoin address is "1PC9aZC4hNX2rmmrt7uHTfYAS3hRbph4UN". Note that since we are using a single address for receiving all contributions, we are not providing full anonymity.
  • Via Litecoin, the peer-to-peer virtual currency. The FSF's Litecoin address is "LPttYC3GoXNrBqGfLT7tTbNHm8SiUpBwYz". Note that since we are using a single address for receiving all contributions, we are not providing full anonymity.
  • Via the Combined Federal Campaign. If you are a US federal government employee (civilian, postal, military), you can designate the Free Software Foundation as a beneficiary charity. To make a pledge, search for the FSF's CFC identification code 63210 at
  • If you don't do it already, please investigate matching gift opportunities at your employer. The FSF is normally eligible, and it's a great way to double your donation. If needed for the transaction, our tax ID is 042-888-848.

Additionally, there are a number of other ways you can benefit the FSF financially:

  • By donating your frequent-flyer miles to the FSF. To do so, please e-mail us at to let us know how many miles you would like to donate, and for which airline. (Please note that these donations are not tax-deductible in the US.)
  • By encouraging your employer to become an FSF corporate patron.
  • By listing any relevant job openings on the Free Software Jobs page.
  • By donating your car to the FSF.
  • Leanpub allows authors publishing on Leanpub to give a part of their royalty-income to the FSF.
  • By selling your item via eBay Giving Works. You can list your item on eBay and donate the percentage of your eBay auction to support the FSF.
  • By donating your credit-card rewards to the FSF. If your credit-card company has a rewards program, it will provide you with a way to do this.
  • Through AmazonSmile purchases: As an independent small publisher, the FSF discourages people from shopping at Amazon (plus, Amazon supports DRM). But if you shop there anyway, you can designate the FSF as your chosen charity on We will then receive a small percentage of whatever you pay there.

The Free Software Foundation acknowledges its supporters and contributors online. When you donate $500 or more to the FSF, you can be listed on our Thank GNUs web page. Please read our Privacy Policy.

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