There are some groundbreaking tech nonprofits that aim to help humanity with technological advancements. As a New Year’s resolution, why not start by supporting these organizations and their charitable efforts? Below are four that you can help out and donate to in each quarter of 2018.
Quarter 1 Pick: OpenAI
OpenAI is the first tech nonprofit you should support in 2018. OpenAI is a nonprofit AI research company committed to discovering and enacting safe artificial intelligence. OpenAI believes that artificial general intelligence (AGI) will be the most significant technology that humans create.
OpenAI is all about making AI advancements transparent and done with keeping humanity’s best interest in mind. Donating money is not the only way to help OpenAI achieve their goals. Getting involved by even reproducing and documenting experiment results is one non-monetary way for people to contribute. Their GitHub repository includes OpenAI Gym, a toolkit for developing and comparing reinforcement learning algorithms.
Quarter 2 Pick: The Free Software Foundation
The Free Software Foundation is a nonprofit that defends software users’ rights. Free software allows users to study the actual source code of programs that they use. The FSF provides funding for the GNU project. Many people aren’t old enough to remember when commercial word processing, spreadsheet software and operating systems cost a lot of money. The lack of free alternatives enabled corporations to charge exorbitant amounts. Having an open source software equivalent puts downward pressure on price.
Quarter 3 Pick: The Bitcoin Foundation
The Bitcoin Foundation, by coordinating efforts of Bitcoin community members, helps to create awareness of the benefits of the cryptocurrency bitcoin and the underlying blockchain technology. Their vision is that bitcoin will be a globally accepted method of exchanging and storing value, which eliminates the need for relying on third parties as an intermediary.
Quarter 4 Pick: Girls Who Code
With the recent popularity of the biographical drama film Hidden Figures, the public is now fully aware that the earliest computer programmers were actually women. At some later point in the 1960s and 1970s when it became apparent that computers offered the potential for profit for corporations, it became more of a male-dominated profession.
Girls Who Code is a nonprofit trying to “close the gender gap in tech, one girl at a time.” Contributing to Girls Who Code helps equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century technology careers.