Just donated some BTC fraction as well and I must say that bitcoin really does shine in the area of charitable donations: it's quick, you get the confirmation of your donation almost instantly, all of the money goes to the charity instead of having a % wasted at the credit card processor and they have the potential to get much more out of it than what I sent (this could go both ways of course).
I just hope that the btc donations get matched 3x as well, they don't say on the page.
I used to think Project Gutenberg was one of the most important projects on the internet, then Wikipedia. But the amount of value I'm getting out of Archive.org increases every day. Some examples:
1) I'm a fan of old-time radio because it can be more entertaining than books on tape or the radio for long car or bus rides. Archive.org has an unbelievable collection, literally months of well produced radio plays, including some great classic sci-fi like "X minus 1". https://archive.org/details/XMinus1_A
2) On top of hosting a copy of all of Project Gutenberg (almost 40k books), they have numerous other libraries including an awesome collection of scanned Magazines. I'm into old computers and sci-fi, so their OMNI archive (https://archive.org/details/omni-magazine) and an unbelievable collection of old computer magazines (https://archive.org/details/computermagazines) fit the bill. (There's also a pretty big library of classic computer books).
Though I wish it was a bit better organized, browsing around archive.org, and hitting upon pockets full of awesome like the 5 above remind me of being a kid and going to the central library for the day and browsing the periodical and reference sections and coming across all sorts of great stuff. I haven't been this excited to use the internet in a long time and in many ways it seems like Archive.org fulfills much of the promise of the internet as a repository of all human knowledge.
Sorry if this sounds like a commercial, but it really is that great of a resource.
With all due to respect to Internet Archive efforts, I would be a bit cynical here. I once downloaded Code rush documentry and the quality was so bad with heavy lost frames and flickering that it was impossible to watch it. At another instance, I downloaded mp3 of a classical piece, "william tell overture" and it was nothing like what I have heard it in its best.
I might be talking about only specific cases that happened with me but quality wise I didn't had much luck with it. Albeit, I do realize the project itself is huge and have been fan of the Internet Time Machine.
It is indeed a marketing gimmick, but if it gets people to give more then that is a good thing. The article you posted is 100% right, and yes in an ideal world everyone would say well I do not need this gimmick, I am going to donate the most I can to the most worthy charities. I think the article also implies that people have a finite donation budget that other charities are going to miss out on but I disagree. I think most people do not donate enough.
This is mostly a moral and ethical judgement, but it appears to be a mild ethical preference, and I wouldn't accept ethical advice from Givewell. They may be trying to do "good" now, but the Wall Street shadiness of their founders shines through.
It's completely honest in this case, because it's entirely forthright. You know the deal before you donate.
There's absolutely nothing inherent to the concept such that it's dishonest.
It exists to drive others to get involved. It's an excellent mechanism and works very well by getting attention and encouraging people that their contributions will be magnified. It's a deal: you give, I give. There's nothing dishonest about that.
Further, the donor in this case is matching an 'unlimited' sum. There's no artificial cut-off.
I am going to check in with my employer, and then make it happen. I have given them some money in the past, but I know they are in it for the long haul and are always a quick search away to help me find something long gone.
As far as I am concerned, they are great examples of what the ethos of the internet should be about.