$10,000 matching donation challenge from Sumana Harihareswara and Leonard Richardson

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Sumana Harihareswara, Ada Initiative matching donor (Credit: Tobias Schumann CC BY-SA)

Ada Initiative advisor and all around superstar Sumana Harihareswara, together with her spouse Leonard Richardson, have pledged to match up to $10,000 of donations to the Ada Initiative, made before November 1. Our generous donors have already donated more than enough to fufill the Linux Foundation’s matching offer, but thanks to Sumana and Leonard, your donation to the Ada Initiative is still doubled.

Sumana says: “This is make-or-break time for the Ada Initiative. Leonard and I make our living through open source and we want to pay it forward.

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Leonard Richardson, Ada Initiative matching donor

With the support of generous donors like Sumana and Leonard, and every one of the over 150 individuals who have already donated, we’re looking forward to taking the next steps in supporting and advocating for women in open technology and culture. We’ve got $19,636 to go: with Sumana and Leonard’s matching pledge, we need less than $10,000 to meet our goal! Join Sumana and Leonard and support the Ada Initiative today!

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Are you considering supporting us? Our goal is $80000 by October 31: if we don’t meet this goal, we may be forced to become a volunteer-based organization. This would be a great shame, given that we accomplished more in 2 years than the last 10 with the combination of full-time employees and grassroots community action. <a href="We have lots on our to-do list: more AdaCamp conferences, taking the fight against harassment to mailing lists and IRC channels, and writing simple guides on how to help women in open tech/culture.

About Sumana and Leonard

Sumana Harihareswara is the Engineering Community Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation. She has worked in open tech/culture for many years as manager, writer, and producer for groups like GNOME Foundation and Question Copyright. She co-edited the science fiction anthology Thoughtcrime Experiments.

Sumana’s spouse, Leonard Richardson, writes both open source software and books. He is the author of Ruby Cookbook, RESTful Web Services, and web parsing framework Beautiful Soup, as well as science fiction novel Constellation Games.