Reward Ward

How can we reward WardCunningham, in a tangible way, for all his gifts to the development community? (CrcCard, DesignPatterns, ExtremeProgramming, WikiWeb, FrameworkForIntegratedTest, a role model for generosity and HumbleBrilliance?, etc.) While listening to WardsOopslaKeynote at OopslaOhFour, I wanted to hand him $100K or $1M, for his contributions to date. Unfortunately, I don't have it. But if enough people chip in, it's very possible. He probably doesn't need the money, but I doubt it would hurt. And, it may allow him to seed even more innovations. It is an investment that we could make, based on a great track record. -- KelleyHarris


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Ideas
I would suppose that making meaningful contributions to the wiki would suffice to RewardWard.

Understood, but wishing Ward additional rewards, and a budget to do more good stuff.


Logistics:

What's the best way to do this to protect everyone legally and minimize Ward's taxes? As minimal first step, direct checks to Ward seem OK. Then maybe a simple escrow account could accumlate them and send him one bigger check. Any suggestions from someone that's done non-profit fund raising, etc.?


See also: ThankYouWard

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