The OpenBSD foundation exists as a place where donations can be made to further OpenBSD, OpenSSH, and related software projects. We are a Canadian federally incorporated not-for-profit corporation, which means funds directed to us must be directed towards our stated objects, other than what we require for operating overhead. We endeavour to keep our overhead as small as possible.
We are not a registered charity, in the sense that we do not issue tax deductible receipts. The reporting overhead (accounting and legal costs) to operate a registered charity in Canada is prohibitive without a sizable revenue stream. Currently, this would divert a great deal of resources that could be better utilised in helping build good free software. We can issue receipts for donations which while not deductible as charitable donations in Canada may be used for accounting and/or tax purposes.
The Foundation will work in cooperation with the OpenBSD development team to ensure funds are applied to areas of greatest need - Normally this includes paying for infrastructure costs (networking) and for developer events for collaborative development effort (hackathons). See Here for a list of what we have been involved with recently, and our 2023 Fundraising Campaign
Bank transfers to the foundation work well but may take more time than Europeans are used to. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org when donating by bank transfer to make us aware of the transfer, and use our Bank Transfer Information to send the donation.
If you are unable to use the donation buttons, but still wish to contribute via PayPal, funds may be sent directly to the foundation via PayPal using the address:
Cheques are not a preferred method to donate as they are becoming more and more difficult to handle. Paypal or Bank Transfer is vastly preferred. Due to difficulties in processing cheques from foreign banks in non-canadian funds, such donations should be made by Paypal or Bank transfer. Cheques drawn on Canadian banks in Canadian funds may be mailed to: