Penguicon's official charity for 2018 has yet to be determined. If you have a suggestion for a charity that is compatible with our mission (as an open source non-profit nerd community organization), please submit one below.
Previous Charities include Enabling The Future in 2015 (open source prosthetic limb clearinghouse) and All Hands Active in 2016 (educational local makerspace training kids to submit to peer-reviewed journals).
We often look at Enabling The Future as a high water mark for charities we've helped because they were small and passionate, provided open source prosthetic hand designs as well as helping to actually create limbs for people around the world, and were eager to attend our event and run an activity (assembling hands our local hackerspaces produced).
A good Charity for Penguicon will have any number of qualifications including:
* a donation of a few thousand dollars or less will make a real impact. Extremely popular national charities don't usually fit the bill.
* has relevance to our community through being local and/or related to open source software, fandom, reading, programming, etc. The more relevant it is, the more donations we gather together.
* is legitimate and uses their donations wisely
* is related to our theme of connectivity/internet of things
* has an 'open source' feel (even if it's not open source software), providing something back to the community
* has a contact who will communicate with our ConCom
* is interested in attending Penguicon in person to help promote their charity and otherwise be involved with the convention