It’s been an epic year in many ways. As I reflect on this past year, I’m so grateful for all the individuals and organizations that stepped up to help fund our efforts. First, I want to thank the Koum Family Foundation for recently awarding us a grant to help fund our software development efforts next year. I also want to send a heartfelt thank you to Arm, NetApp, Netflix, Juniper Networks, Beckhoff, VMware, Stormshield, Tarsnap, Google, and employees of Ngnix who all gave us generous donations this year. Finally, I want to say thank you to all the individuals who gave us financial support. These donations are especially meaningful to us! Why? As individuals ourselves, we know what it means to give some of our hard earned money to charities, especially when there are so many in need this year. Thank you for including us in your charitable giving. We really couldn’t do what we did without you!

As of this writing, we have received $1,194,746 to fund our 2021 efforts. For those of you who haven’t made a contribution this year, we appreciate any amount you can contribute to help us step up our support next year!

Now, I’d like to say thank you to my team and the FreeBSD community. Thank you for everything you’ve done to make FreeBSD the operating system countless individuals and organizations use. From advocating, to kernel development, we appreciate everything you’ve done to support FreeBSD.

With all of that being said, we have exciting news for 2021! We’re going to grow our team to enable us to take on some significant software development and educational projects. We can’t be more excited to kick off the new year by starting to implement some of these plans. We’ll also be opening up a few more job positions over the upcoming year.

To find out more about our work this year, check out the software development, advocacy, and impact blog posts.

Thank you everyone for helping us make 2020 a productive year for FreeBSD, and here’s to a healthy and productive 2021 for all of us!

– contributed by Deb Goodkin