All profits to charity

I believe that there is inherent value in having a paid premium resource (e.g., my book).  Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great to have blog posts and StackOverflow answers and whatever else.  But a book shows a level of commitment from an author that goes far beyond; it establishes his/her belief in the platform, backed by a serious time investment.  A good book will also save its readers hours and hours of stumbling in the dark.  And so I firmly believe that such resource should be a paid one (albeit at a reasonable price, one that lets a reader show his appreciation for the work, while still being affordable enough that cost isn’t prohibitive).

So, all this being said… that’s why my book is a paid resource.  But the motivation is backed by a philosophical belief in the intrinsic value of paid things, not by greed.  And so, in the spirit of backing this statement by action, and by spreading the goodness that technology brings, I am donating the entirety of my book profits to charity, with a focus on disaster relief and humanitarian aid.  Moreover, through Microsoft’s generosity, any amount I donate will be matched 100% by Microsoft’s employee-giving matching program, doubling the donations’ impact.

Below, I will maintain a log of my profits to date, as well as an account of which charities I’ve donated to, for full transparency.  If you have any questions, just email me.

Donations to date

Date (reverse-chronological) Organization Donation Amount Receipt #
Dec 1, 2017 INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE INC $500 2017840-000296025
Oct 4, 2017 PARTNERS IN HEALTH $1,000 2017840-000210521
Oct 4, 2017 INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE INC $1,000 2017840-000210516

Total donations to date$2,500 (plus another $2,500 matched by Microsoft, for a total of $5,000).

 

Cumulative Sales history

 Date Total readers to date Paid readers to date Free readers to date* Total royalties from paid purchases
Dec 1, 2017 273 163 110 $2,655.73
Oct 4, 2017 242 138 104 $2,119.45

* Free readers = folks on my team & partner teams within Microsoft, to whom I distributed the book for free.

Note: For ease of accounting, I generally do my donations in $500 increments.  So at any given moment, there may be a few-hundred-dollar difference between total royalties and total donations, until it accumulates to the next $500.