Why should I become an official TrustTheVote Project supporter?

The TrustTheVote Project is a non-profit public benefits project challenging the status quo of non-profits seeking change and reform in American electoral processes.  Rather than being a think-tank, we’re focused on actually making truly trustworthy open source elections systems.  We’re like a “Mozilla for voting machines.”  We are about ensuring accuracy, transparency, verification and security in voting systems.  We believe this is critical democracy infrastructure that cannot be privatized—and we need your support to build it.

You cannot find us on the stock market.  There are no shareholders.  We answer to the public. We answer to you. Joining the TrustTheVote Project helps compel real change in how America votes, not just hope for it!

As a supporter, you’ll have inside access to the work of our project, with opportunities to jump in.  You don’t need to be a code warrior to play. You’ll be a part of the change so desperately needed in how American election systems function. And you’ll be helping to really fix those long lines!  You’ll have the deep satisfaction of knowing that your contributions were way more effective than simply donating to your favorite candidate or campaign.  Your support of the TrustTheVote Project directly ensures those candidates and campaigns have a fair and balanced chance at the polls.

When we started 7 years ago, we were the “Open Source Digital Voting Foundation” or OSDV Foundation for short.  The IRS granted our exemption as the OSDV Foundation and we are in the process of making a name change, because frankly, we’re not about “digital voting” as much as we are all about “elections technology.”

So, for some business purposes over the next few months (like making a donation), checks should be made payable to the Open Source Election Technology Foundation or simply the OSET Foundation. Our Federal Tax-Exempt ID is:  20-8743186 and our Tax-Exempt Determination Letter can be found here.

What exactly is the OSDV Foundation?

When we started 7 years ago, we were the “Open Source Digital Voting Foundation” or OSDV Foundation for short.  The IRS granted our exemption as the OSDV Foundation and we are in the process of making a name change, because frankly, we’re not about “digital voting” as much as we are all about “elections technology.”

So, for some business purposes over the next few months (like making a donation), checks should be made payable to the Open Source Election Technology Foundation or simply the OSET Foundation. Our Federal Tax-Exempt ID is:  20-8743186 and our Tax-Exempt Determination Letter can be found here.

How long am I considered a supporter?

When you join the TrustTheVote Project you become an official supporter for one year from the date you make donation.  Your support does not automatically renew; we look to you to make that decision if you would like it to renew automatically on an annual basis.

We may send you specific requests for additional contributions for very specific initiatives and if you can help, that’s awesome but it will not affect your status as part of the Project.

Where does my donation end up?

Your donations go directly (darn near every penny, except for what some services charge us to process your payment) to supporting the non-profit TrustTheVote Project work to re-invent how America cast and counts ballots.  We publish all of our financial records for your review so you can see exactly where the dollars are needed and where they go.

No pocket lining here; this is a big job and requires talented people and resources that we’re unable to have gifted to the Foundation.

I’m all in… How can I donate more?

Awesome! You can donate as much as you’d like by selecting “other” under “your gift amount” on the Join Us page.

How can I donate by check?

Sure, some people still write those out.  If you’re among them, please make your check out to the Open Source Election Technology Foundation, Inc. (Please do not send cash through the mail.)

Mail your check to:

The OSET Foundation
ATTN: Donation Processing
530 Lytton Avenue
2nd Floor
Palo Alto, CA  94301
USA

Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. See your accountant for details.
OSET Foundation 20-8743186

I’m receiving a payment error. Can you help?

You can donate to us by credit card, Dwolla, and Paypal.

If you’re getting a payment error, please check out the help sections on their websites. PayPal even has live online support.  If that doesn’t do the trick, please email us at donate@OSETFoundation.org and we will have someone assist you.

How long does it take for my t-shirt or other goodies to arrive?

T-Shirts will depend on what you chose (through our site or one of our t-shirt partners) but they tend to take about five weeks from the date you place your order.

We’re always trying to speed that up.  For other support goodies, it will depend on the item.

Oops! Can I change my t-shirt size?

Yes. Yes you can. You are not alone.  Send us a request at help@OSETFoundation.org and we will make it right.

When I join, what happens to my data?

We’re asked this all the time because some supporters who also have political aspirations desire to remain behind the scenes.  That’s fine with us and here’s how it works:  At the point of signing up your data is being given to the TrustTheVote Project (which includes the OSET Foundation also legally known as the OSDV Foundation).

We will never sell, rent, or give your information to any third-party, and will only contact you as part of this Project. Period.  For more information, check out our terms of service and privacy policy.

What if I change my mind?

Well, we’d be shocked, honestly, but respectful nonetheless.  So, you can unsubscribe from any communications from us at any time. Your donation is a one-time event, and will not auto-renew, unless you explicitly requested it to on a donation page.  If that’s the case, when you “unsubscribe” we will remind you that you elected to auto-renew and need to turn that off.