A Good Cause
Apache OpenOffice, the leading open source office productivity software, is published by the non-profit Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Apache OpenOffice has been downloaded over 350 million times, by users in over 240 countries. Commercial alternatives to OpenOffice sell for 100 USD or more, and come without the legal right to make copies and share the software.
Apache OpenOffice is only one of many open source projects that are part of the Apache Software Foundation. The ASF comprises over 350 open source projects, over 620 active members, over 5,500 committers and countless contributors and users. We are responsible for millions of lines of code and the 35+ servers which make up our infrastructure.
We invite you to donate to the Apache Software Foundation, to support Apache OpenOffice as well as the many other projects at Apache. Your contribution shows your support for our mission and help sustain a vibrant organization. Your contribution also shows your support for Open Source and provides you the opportunity to "give back" to the community.
How we use Donations
The Apache Software Foundation provides the technical infrastructure for the projects — the mailing lists, code repositories, bug tracking systems, etc. We have the normal business operating expenses which go with any organization. These include: Bandwidth costs, Servers and hardware, Legal and Accounting, Normal office expenses, Marketing and PR, Sub-contractors to "fill in the holes" for administrative and secretarial duties.
As a public charity our budget is transparent and spending is documented in our Board minutes
How to Donate
We have another page that describes ways to donate to the ASF. The Apache Software Foundation is a registered non-profit, charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. This means that, for individuals within the U.S., donations to the ASF should be tax-deductible. (Check with your tax accountant to confirm details for your personal situation.)