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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Donations Accepted Using Bitcoin
Date Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:03:19 GMT
>>this announcement is also available online at http://s.apache.org/ku

New payment option offers flexibility for digital currency contributions 


Forest Hill, MD –02 September 2014– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer
developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 200 Open Source projects and initiatives,
announced today that it is now accepting donations through the Bitcoin virtual monetary system.


The ASF's decision to accept Bitcoin donations was in response to an email request received
on 26 August. Within 48 hours of opening its Bitcoin wallet, more than 90 transactions reflecting
5.35915909 BTC (Bitcoin currency) —more than US$2,600 at today's rate— has been donated
to the Foundation.
"Accepting Bitcoin allows donors to The Apache Software Foundation the benefit of digital
currency exchanges, no matter where they reside," said Upayavira, Vice President of Fundraising
at the ASF. "As a United States 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, we welcome
donations of all amounts from our global community of users, developers, and enthusiasts."


To date, the ASF has accepted financial contributions physically, via check, electronically,
through Amazon Payments and PayPal, as well as vehicle donations with America's Car Donation
Charities Center. Bitcoin offers new flexibility for donors, particularly those in regions
with local banking limitations. 

Bitcoin's peer-to-peer, digital token currency operates on a distributed system of trust,
using a cryptographically-verified, secure transaction ledger that is jointly maintained by
the currency's users. Transactions relating to The Apache Software Foundation can be monitored
in the Bitcoin block chain at https://blockchain.info/address/1BtjAzWGLyAavUkbw3QsyzzNDKdtPXk95D?offset=0&filter=0


Additional cash grants to the Foundation are made through the ASF Sponsorship Program, which
offsets a significant portion of the ASF's day-to-day operating expenses such as infrastructure,
administrative services, and community outreach. For more information on donating to The Apache
Software Foundation, please visit http://www.apache.org/foundation/contributing.html 

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) 
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than two hundred leading Open
Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software.
Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 450 individual
Members and 4,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade
software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed
under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring
initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo.
The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate
sponsors including Budget Direct, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks,
HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco,
and Yahoo. For more
information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter. 

"Apache" and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands
and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 

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