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How are you associated with Oregon State University?
The Open Source Lab is part of The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University. Our staff are all OSU employees, and our student employees are all OSU students. We receive many benefits from being part of the University including office space, data center space, infrastructure, and a close tie to students who are interested in working with open source. We receive very little direct funding from the University, which is why we rely on external donations for our operations.
Are donations tax deductible?
The OSU Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, which provides many donors a tax advantage. Please contact the OSU Foundation directly if you have questions about your eligibility.
What is the OSU Foundation?
The OSU Foundation handles all donations for Oregon State University. The Foundation works with university partners like the OSL to raise funds that support the university’s priorities. For more information, visit their website.
I work for a company that has a donation matching program, how can I get them to match my donation to the OSUOSL?
Many corporations have programs which will match donations to educational institutions. The OSU Foundation can help you find out if your company has a matching gift policy.
If you don't find your employer or have further questions, please contact your employer or the OSU Foundation directly to find out if your donation is eligible for a matching program.
How much money are you trying to raise?
Our annual expenses are roughly $1 million. Our goal is to raise at least enough to cover those expenses. The exact amount we need to cover with donations varies based on paid hosting and grant-supported funding we receive. Any additional funding beyond what we need to operate during this fiscal year will go towards expenses beyond the current fiscal year.
We get approximately 70% of our income from corporate and individual donation giving. The other 30% is covered through various hosting contracts we have with larger FOSS projects. The larger FOSS projects pay at-cost to help subsidize the expenses for the smaller projects and thus keep the vast majority of our hosting free. Below you can find a pie chart showing the breakdown of our income for the 2016 fiscal year.
What will you use my donation for?
Many of the services we provide for open source projects are provided for no- cost. We rely on donations to cover the expenses we incur providing these valuable services. Below is a breakdown of our expenses for the 2016 fiscal year.
Below are a few examples of where we have spent money in the past year:
What projects do you support? The OSUOSL supports a large number of growing, high-impact open source communities. This includes the Apache Software Foundation, the Linux Foundation, Drupal, and many others. For a full list, please see our projects page.
How is the OSUOSL run?
We have one full-time Director who oversees all lab activities, and we employ about seven to ten students at any given time.
The OSUOSL Advisory Council, a group of experts from open source projects and industry, for suggestions and advice on opportunities and direction for the lab. Learn more about our Advisory Council members.
What will happen if you don't meet your fund raising goal?
Our foremost goal is to continue to provide world-class hosting services to open source projects. Should we fail to meet our fundraising target, we will be forced to reevaluate our priorities and eliminate some of the lab's activities. This decision, should it need to be made, will be discussed with the OSUOSL Advisory Council, and decided upon with OSU leadership.
Who else is supporting the OSUOSL financially?
The OSUOSL has many sponsors who generously support our efforts. The full list of OSL sponsors is available on our sponsors page. We also receive support from many individuals, smaller companies and projects.
How do I donate to OSUOSL?
We accept donations online via the OSU Foundation's website. Follow the link, or click the “Make a Gift” link on our donations page. If you are donating directly from the Foundation donation page, you can find us under “I want to view additional options” and “Outreach, Engagement, Research.”
You can also phone a contribution to the OSU Foundation at 800-354-7281 and specify that your gift is for the Open Source Lab under Outreach, Engagement, Research. If you'd like to discuss a large donation or a gift-in-kind donation, please contact the OSUOSL at email@example.com or at 541-737-9900
I would like to donate hardware/software, or something else. Would that help the OSUOSL?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to describe what you are hoping to donate. We often have a need for hardware, but would need to know the details of any potential gift.
How can I contact OSUOSL to discuss a potential gift?
We can be reached at email@example.com (preferred), or by phone at 541-737-9900.
OSU Open Source Lab
224 Milne Computer Center
1800 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331