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. -- KelleyHarrisRelated thoughts and ideas followIdeas
An annual campaign to raise money to pay for the wiki connection. (PayForCtwoServer?)
A non-profit site for book purchases via Amazon.com's Associate program, yielding ~ 10.5% per purchase. Give the money to Ward.
Set up an escrow account or non-profit and everybody chip in some money.
Ask SocialText to give Ward a chunk of cash and stock because: it's right, it's good PR, it might inspire him to give them some suggestions that would make them even more money.
Ask Jot to give Ward a chunk of cash and stock because: it's right, it's good PR, it might inspire him to give them some suggestions that would make them even more money.
Solicit corporate gifts.
Solicit non-profit contributions.
10,000 people donate $10
1,000 people donate $100
100 people donate $1000, and get their names listed here.
10 people donate $10,000, and get their names listed here.
Clean up or provide road-maps for messy topics. He has stated he's bothered by some of the ThreadMess.
All of the above.
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.
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