[Haskell-cafe] Year-end deadline for Haskell.org donations

Adam Foltzer acfoltzer at gmail.com
Tue Dec 16 02:11:04 UTC 2014

Hi Pedro,

Thanks for taking the time to check out the donation page, and for raising
these questions. Haskell.org is an associated project of Software in the
Public Interest (SPI), which allows donations to be tax-exempt in many
jurisdictions. Unfortunately that means the form of the donation page is
out of our control (we've previously tried unsuccessfully to get them to
accept other forms of payment such as PayPal and BitPay). I can say that
I've used clickandpledge several times without problems, but that doesn't
make the page look any better.

I'd recommend checking out the donations page for Software in the Public
interest for more information on their donation methods [1]. There is
another online credit card processor, but the security situation on that
page appears to be worse than the clickandpledge page (RC4!). There is an
alternative that allows PayPal (be sure to add a designation of
"Haskell.org"), but I have not personally tried this option [2].

We'll work to put more pressure on SPI to improve their payment options.
After all, anything deterring folks from donating is bad for all of the
projects they support.

Let me know how else I can help, and thanks again for the report.


[1]: http://www.spi-inc.org/donations/

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 2:46 AM, José Pedro Magalhães <dreixel at gmail.com>
> I'd like to donate, but I must say I feel slightly doubtful about the
donation page (see screenshot). The URL or the page text doesn't really
mention Haskell or any details about the donation, the certificate doesn't
seem to have Extended Validation, the labels for the steps 1..5 are
missing, the T&C is empty... all in all, it doesn't look like a page where
I want to enter my credit card details.
> So, I guess I have two questions:
> 1) Is this really safe, and will my money go to haskell.org?
> 2) Can't we come up with a more trustworthy-looking donation website?
> Thanks,
> Pedro
> On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 9:58 PM, Adam Foltzer <acfoltzer at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear Haskellers,
>> HaskellWiki, Hackage, Hoogle, and all the other Haskell.org sites we
depend on are hosted with funds donated by you, the Haskell community. As
many of us are in tax jurisdictions where December 31st is a deadline for
charitable giving, I’d like to remind you that donations to support these
activities are tax-deductible. You can donate online right now at
>> Last year was the first time we were able to seek your help while
offering tax relief, and you came through: we raised nearly $900 in the
span of a few days! This year, with almost three weeks left before the end
of the year, I'd love to see us double that.
>> It has been quite a year for Haskell.org: we migrated of most of our
infrastructure, including Hackage, to Rackspace in order to improve
reliability. We implemented new proxying to improve speed and performance,
and improved the documentation and standardization of our server
administration practices. Many of these accomplishments and much else are
detailed by Austin Seipp at the new Haskell.org infrastructure blog at
https://blog.haskell.org/post/the_new_haskell_org/. Let's keep the momentum
going in 2015!
>> Thank you and best wishes for a happy new year,
>> Adam Foltzer & The Haskell.org Committee
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