I am glad I’m not an accountant or bookkeeper. Details can’t slip your mind. Every transaction, in or out, needs an accurate record.


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Keeping the books is important to many of the non-profit organizations I support.  MassCUE, for example, is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization. All the money that passes through is tax exempt. That does mean that the organization has to pay attention to the financial details.

A free software accounting package that served the needs of NPOs is a worthy cause.

The Software Freedom Conservancy (itself an NPO) has started a campaign to fund the first year of development for a free software (AKA “open source”) accounting package.


I read about the effort here: http://www.linuxpromagazine.com/Online/Features/Wanted-A-Free-Accounting-Application-for-Non-Profits

I read some more at the campaign itself: http://sfconservancy.org/campaign/

This sounds like a good cause for readers of the MOSS SIG blog.

Will you consider a donation?


Update: Worldwide response gave the Document Foundation its needed funding in 8 days! (I’m sure we can all thank the readers of this blog. [grin]) All further donations will provide the foundation support for its actual operations.

What did you pay for the last piece of software you bought?
Was it worth it?

How about if you didn’t have to buy the software, but could get it without cost?
Would that mean it wasn’t of value?

LibreOffice, the fork of OpenOffice is being developed under a model used by other major Free/Libre software groups, a foundation. LibreOffice and the Document Foundation will not be controlled by a single corporation.

The Document Foundation needs to incorporate in order to put LibreOffice on a sound footing.
Since you cannot buy LibreOffice, what about donating something to support the foundation?

Here’s your chance.

Oh, and spread the word. Let’s get this task done.

Support the Open Internet.

Make it easier to share.


Creative Commons CC-BY Badge

Look for this badge on the Web - Use it yourself.

You see the badges on Web sites, and they make it easy to decide what you can do with the information. CC-BY is my favorite license. It means you can use the page contents and your “cost” is acknowledging the original author. That’s just common courtesy. This is the way to help teach your students how sharing works. It also encourages them to think of others in everything they do.

The CC-BY license is just one of the licenses that Creative Commons has developed. Choose the one which suits your needs.


I encourage you to choose to use the Creative Commons licenses and teach your students about them, but here’s your chance to donate some money, too.

For the record, I donated today.