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Donating to the Project

Donation Goals

As the NTP Public Services Project's userbase has grown, the needs of the project, as well as a number of people who want to donate materials or funds to the Project has grown. The Donations Liaison is intended to streamline the handling of these donations, and to ensure that they are handled in a timely and reasonable manner.

Donating to the NTP Public Services Project

So, you want to donate something to the NTP Public Services Project? Great! We strongly rely upon user donations to accomplish our goals. Please read below to see how to contact us about your donation.

If you don't know what you want to give, take a look at our list of needs. We would appreciate any items on this list. If you have equipment you'd like to donate, read on.

Tax Credit for Donations

ISC can act as a charitable organization for tax purposes. If you live in the United States, your donation can be deducted from your taxes under certain conditions. If you want a receipt for tax purposes your contribution, please let us know when you send information on your donation.

A tax credit is not as easy as it might seem. Deductible contributions must be shipped to ISC. There, ISC staff must process the donation and ship it to the actual recipient (unless it will remain at ISC). ISC must also be able to demonstrate that the donation is in the public good. All of this together means that while we probably have developers who would be interested in that big box of ISA cards in your closet, you probably cannot get a tax credit for them; the total work needed to process, ship, and document them far exceeds their total value.

ISC will provide a receipt for delivery of equipment. They will not, however, provide a fair-market valuation of the equipment -- in fact, the law forbids them to do so. We recommend checking elsewhere for valuations of hardware donations. Since many of our donations are obsolete, making fair market value hard to judge, we suggest searching on eBay or other used equipment sites for prices paid for similar equipment.

How to Donate

Part of the goal of the Donations Liaison is to match donations with developers who can use them. We don't accept just any donation; we only handle those that can be used for NTP Public Services Project operations or have a home with a developer who can use them to improve NTP. This saves time all around, and also helps assure donors that what their contributions are actually supporting the NTP Public Services Project. The down side is that we need some information about your donation before accepting it.

Donations generally fall into one of four categories:

  • Financial
  • Reference Clocks
  • Complete Computers
  • Computer Components

If you have something to offer that doesn't fall into one of these categories, don't fret! Just contact us at donations@ntp.org with your offer. Just because it's not the run-of-the-mill offer doesn't mean that we're not interested.

Financial Contributions

Click here to see some of the things we want to spend money on.

The NTP Public Services Project does not directly accept financial contributions. A sponsor organization, ISC, accepts financial contributions on our behalf.

Financial contributions can be "targeted" to the NTP Public Services Project (where they will be used for things like attendance of IETF meetings and paying developers to work on a particular issue) or made to the ISC general fund (where they pay for things like support staff and electricity).

The NTP Forum provides a lot of support for NTP. Please check it out, and become a member!

Reference Clocks

The NTP Public Services Project always needs reference clocks to allow us to maintain existing drivers and create new drivers. If you have a reference clock that you would like to donate to the Project, please contact us with the following information:

  • Hardware specifications: rackmount or not, antenna requirements, stand-alone or I/O card. (if I/O card, what does it need to be plugged in to and what OSes support it.
  • Are you willing to ship this system?
  • Your physical location. We try to make shipping as easy and inexpensive as possible.
  • Also mention if you want a tax credit for this system. (Note that not all donations can realistically receive a tax credit, as the cost of supplying the credit may exceed the value of the donation.)

Complete Computer Systems

The NTP Public Services Project always needs computers. If you have a computer that you would like to donate to the Project, please contact us with the following information:

  • Hardware specifications: architecture, motherboard, CPU, disk space, memory, and how many unused IO slots. (If the computer is an Alpha, please also include the output of the commands SHOW CONFIG, SHOW MEM, and SHOW DEV.)
  • If you want a particular version of an OS to run on the box, please tell us. If that OS is a licensed product, will you also be providing that license?
  • Are you willing to ship this system?
  • Your physical location. We try to make shipping as easy and inexpensive as possible.
  • Also mention if you want a tax credit for this system. (Note that not all donations can realistically receive a tax credit, as the cost of supplying the credit may exceed the value of the donation.)

Computer Components

If you have hardware that you would like to donate to the Project, please contact us with the following information:

  • The hardware description: model, part number, manufacturer, etc. If you have an exact link to the manufacturer's Web page for this component, that would be helpful.
  • What OSes support this hardware?
  • What documentation do you have?
  • Are you willing to ship this system?
  • Your physical location. We try to make shipping as easy and inexpensive as possible.
  • Also mention if you want a tax credit for this hardware. (Note that not all donations can realistically receive a tax credit, as the cost of supplying the credit may exceed the value of the donation.)

What we do with this Information

Once we have a description of the donation, the Donations Liaison will contact the developer community and offer the resource to them. If we have a developer who would like the item, we put the donor and the recipient in contact and let them work out shipping information. If there are multiple developers interested in a resource, we try to learn what each developer would use the resource for and allocate it most effectively for the Project. If no developer is interested, we turn down the offer.

Our goal is to place (or decline) all donations within 7 days of receipt of complete information.


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