The ASF already accepts most commonly used forms of online and real-world payments, including PayPal and Amazon Payments. In some ways, it’s surprising that the foundation has taken this long to accept bitcoin, given the ASF’s support of open-source software. One reason for this might be the relative lack of tax rules for accepting digital currency, a situation that is only now becoming less murky for non-profit organizations. ASF Vice President of Fundraising Upayavira said in the press release:
Accepting Bitcoin allows donors to The Apache Software Foundation the benefit of digital currency exchanges, no matter where they reside. As a United States 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, we welcome donations of all amounts from our global community of users, developers, and enthusiasts.”
The ASF is a relatively small organization, run on an entirely volunteer basis and with only around $500,000 in annual revenues. That money is used to fund developments on over 200 open-source projects, including the Apache HTTP Server software. It’s almost impossible to overstate how vital a role the Apache HTTP Server software plays in today’s internet. The open-source, consensus-based, community-supported project for serving web pages is arguably the backbone of the modern internet, running underneath an estimated 54.2% of all websites, often as part of the LAMP web software bundle (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP). As one of the first truly disruptive web technologies, Apache’s open-source structure allowed everyone from hobbyists to major industries to share their content on the web without using the proprietary, fee-based software.