How to Help Freeware Authors and Get Some Free Goodies at the Same Time

Our friends at are celebrating their 10th birthday - a minor miracle for a non commercial site. Congratulations guys.
DonationCoder is a site that provides exposure and support for free software authors in a way that is highly ethical and yet ensures they get recognition for their efforts. Unfortunately, in recent years we have seen too many freeware authors having to resort to bundling toolbars and other marginal practices just to survive. DonationCoder provides a worthy alternative that is honest and fair to all.
Each year has a fundraiser in order to stay afloat and each year we support them as we believe in the honest, fair and ethical way they support freeware authors. We ask you to help as well and help yourself to some free goodies in the process.
Make a donation of any size to the DonationCoder site and you'll get a lifetime license to download as many of the utilities on the site as you want. Many of these utilities are unique and not available elsewhere, indeed several are world class.
Folks, the cause here is most worthwhile so I encourage you to participate and show your support for these freeware authors. Remember, without freeware authors we wouldn’t have the wonderful choice of great freeware utilities we have today. So, go to the site now and chip in whatever you can afford, get your lifetime license and download some of their great utility programs.
I've donated generously myself and I hope you will as well.

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I always donate to software developers after I use and like the "free" software. This site seems no different from other developers, as they only serve to take donations for their own software, according to their site. Not a problem if I use some of it. Otherwise nothing special about it.

Actually, you can donate to any member of the site using DonationCredits. It's to facilitate the spread of freeware/donationware and anyone that is a member can host their software and promote it on the site. is my other (alongside TSA, of course!) goto site for software that does useful stuff. Several of my always-running programs on my PC are DC programs -- ClipboardHelpAndSpell, FindAndRunRobot, LaunchBarCommander -- and a few others that get used regularly are a keypress or two away at all times (ScreenShotCaptor in particular.) I also used DC's tutorial section to teach myself enough AutoHotKey to solve some awkward problems at work... They're a brilliant bunch of people and well worthy of your support. (I should probably make it clear, though, that payment is voluntary and doesn't unlock features you wouldn't otherwise have.)

Thanks for posting about this Gizmo.

Some time ago I had heard of DonationCoder while listening to a podcast but quickly forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me.

I do contribute to free software projects I use and like but even good projects are now often including the so-called "bundleware". This is unacceptable to me when the "bundleware" installation is obfuscated, less than obvious, difficult, or even hidden. It is especially disappointing when, after making a donation to a favorite project, the next update suddenly includes "crapware"! ugh

I am going to donate to because I think the funding model is a great idea (similar to HumbleIndieBundle) and I want to help keep it going.

Unchecky (reviewed on this site) does a pretty good job of keeping the foistware off my computer, and AVG seems to dislike OpenCandy enough to block it.

I have been donating to mouser and his group for a while great bunch of guys with some really nice software. Well worth a small donation. Spelled wrong. - no s.

Thanks marcycn for pointing out. This has now been fixed.

Thank you so much for your encouragement and support Ian -- it means everything to us.
-jesse (mouser) from