We are VERY excited to say that 100% of the author proceeds from Applied NSM will be split amongst several unique charitable organizations. These organizations were chosen for various reasons, but they all have similarities in that they all have meaning to the authors of ANSM. They also all have low relative administrative cost, which means more of the donation money sent to them goes directly to support their causes. These organizations are:
Rural Technology Fund
Established in 2008, the Rural Technology Fund (RTF) seeks to reduce the digital divide between rural communities and their more urban and suburban counterparts. This is done through targeted scholarship programs, community involvement, and the general promotion and advocacy of technology in rural areas.
Donations from ANSM will be used specifically to fund scholarships for rural students pursuing technical majors, and for the purchase of Raspberry Pi's (http://www.raspberrypi.org) for rural schools.
Hackers for Charity
Established by Johnny Long, HFC employs volunteer hackers (no questions asked) and engages their skills in short “microprojects” designed to help charities that can not afford traditional technical resources. In addition to this, HFC is also on the ground in Uganda, East Africa to support aid organizations working to help some of the worlds poorest citizens. They provide free computer training, technical support, networking services, and more. They have supported many local schools with the addition of computers and training software. In addition, HFC also provides food to East African children through their food program.
Kiva is the first online lending platform that allows people to donate money directly to people in developing countries through multiple field companies. Kiva includes personal stories of each person who requests a loan so that donors can connect with those individuals. Simply put, Kiva facilitates loans that change lives. Funds donated from the sale of Applied NSM will go to provide these loans.
Hope for the Warriors
The mission of Hope For The Warriors® is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.
Autism is a very complex condition characterized in varying degrees by difficulties in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control Estimate that 1 in 88 American children have some form of autism. Autism Speaks is an organization dedicated to changing the future for all who struggle with autism and spectrum disorders. They accomplish this through funding biomedical research related to the causes, prevention, treatment, and cure of autism. Autism Speaks also provides autim advocacy and support for families of autistic individuals.