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I'm looking for an open source projects, code-a-thons, or organizations which create software used for charity purposes or to help out charities. There must be a demand, but it is hard to locate them due to the wide variety of terms used to describe what they do. My preference is for sites with some degree of a positive reputation or some proof of effectiveness, such as through the number of charities helped.

I understand that many of these may be localized, but my hope is to build a list of possible organizations to consider contributing time towards. I think this is on-topic because of "freelancing or business concerns" and it's only a moderately subjective question. GiveCamp is a good example (thanks, ElYusubov!) but We Are Microsoft is not so good since it's stale from 2010.

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To those voting for closing tis question. I'm quite aware this isn't the typical SO question but it's neither off topic nor too centralized if we find open source projects we can contribute online. –  atamanroman Jul 16 '12 at 21:23
Edited to better clarify why it's on topic; voted to re-open. –  GlenH7 Jul 17 '12 at 2:39
@gnat closing this question is soooo wrong. Although it might not comply with the desirable standard for a good question, it is neither selfish nor ment to collect votes. It is some sort of commercial / ad for a good thing, pointing other developers to a way to use their skills they might no have thought about yet. Simply stating "he can do that, but not here" does not make it any better. Can you, dear lawfuls in charge, point to a place in stats.SE network where it might be appropriate to raise such a question ? I am really interested in this :) –  user59460 Jul 17 '12 at 7:33
@gnat: probably the fact that the frequentations stats of the chat are abysmally low? Don't get me wrong, I like the chat idea, but the SE chat is quite slow, not that user-friendly to use (subjective, I know), and, most of all, unknown to most people and not a reflex at all. –  haylem Jul 17 '12 at 8:43
@gnat - I kind of struggled with that aspect too. I felt that "giving back" was a subject that pertained to all programmers, and the resources to find them are kind of abysmal. So it is a one-off exception that I think is on topic. Would it be better to convert this to a community wiki instead? There isn't just one right answer to the Q, so the wiki may be a better approach. –  GlenH7 Jul 17 '12 at 11:46
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You should specify where you're based as these things are sometimes based on a meetup. For example, I was recently at Dev4Good, a 2-day event which took place in London, UK. there were a number of projects, and some of them are planned to continue outside of the event.

(The specific project I'm on is CharityPortal / GrassRoots, at https://github.com/JoeSimmonds/CharityPortal, which is a community news site designed to aggregate information from multiple sources - for example, blogs and Twitter streams for different charities. This was in response to a problem posed by the founder of the Hope & Play charity)

Edit: Adding URL to the OpenAid hackday

Since you're in Germany, you may want to chat to the folks at the OpenAid event:


According to that page, they're planning a get together towards the end of September.

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I'm from Germany. The community isn't very active here.. Haven't heard of such an event here :/ –  atamanroman Jul 16 '12 at 21:20
Perhaps check out openaiddata.de/hackday also I'm sure you'd be welcome at the next D4G event! dev4good.net. –  JohnL Jul 16 '12 at 21:26
(PS - if you can get over to London that is!) –  JohnL Jul 16 '12 at 21:30
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Short Answer: look for give-camp events - GiveCamp - Coding for Charity

It is great that you would like to give back to the community that might be in need to technically savvy professional. One of these events has happened here in Baltimore, MD and next one is up-coming in October month.

Trying to help non-profits who are addressing community issues/problems for no-charge is really great !

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This is a US based site Coders 4 Charities specific to the Kansas City (MO && KS) area, but it may give you a jumpstart for your searches.

Another from St. Louis, MO is: C4C

They won't apply to the OP's question since they're not in Deutschland, but they do help provide a non-localized answer.

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