Do not donate to me!

Some people ask me if they can donate for my software. My answer invariably is they can’t, because I don’t want money. Instead I would like them to make a small donation to a good cause!
Why? Well, I’m a very lucky guy, living in the richest region of one of the richest countries of the world and having a full-time job that allows me and my family to live a comfortable life. Software is “just a hobby” which I hope is a small contribution to make the web (and by extension the world) a slightly better place.
So given that context and given the fact that there are many ways in which the world could be made a better place, I would like to ask you to donate any amount of money you think my little projects are worth to a good cause. Just pick one, click and donate!

  • Donate via GiveDirectly which helps people living in extreme poverty by making unconditional cash transfers to them via mobile phone.
  • Lend via Kiva, or send me a Kiva-voucher and I will lend with that. Kiva allows people to lend money via the Internet to low-income / underserved entrepreneurs and students in 70 countries.
  • Support La Quadrature du Net, which is one of Europe’s leading organizations promoting net neutrality, a positive reform of copyright and the protection of privacy (these guys were instrumental in defeating ACTA).
  • Mary’s Meals provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every school day.
  • The Mozilla Foundation is responsible for Firefox and for the Mozilla Developer Network documentation, keeping the web open en other browsers honsest. Donate to them!

And there are many, many more great causes both locally and internationally that can use our help!

95 thoughts on “Do not donate to me!”

  1. That’s quite noble of you my friend.
    Been using your Autoptimize for a while and it’s been a breeze.
    I have to say that your hobby is producing some nice results and saving people a ton of time.
    Keep being awesome.
    Thank you!

  2. I just downloaded your plugin, but what I like more is the person you are! I wish more people would think about life the way you do instead of focusing on greed!
    Thank You!

  3. It’s people like you that give me faith in mankind. Your time and effort into this wonderful WordPress plugin is wonderful and so helpful to so many but to think of others that need help is so much greater.
    Thank you again and Happy New Year!

  4. Wow, you are a really really awesome person.
    I ran your Autoptimize plugin, it minified my home page, without breaking ANYTHING. Everything just works! It just works! Wow, no other plug-in has minified my blog without breaking it. I have tried like 50 different ones, nothing worked, except Autoptify.
    Then when I see a donation button X’d over, I’m like, wtf? Is he trolling me? Clever of him, saying I can’t pay… Well, I was wrong, you simply don’t want anything for it. I am forever in debt to you! You rock Frank!
    I’m going to do as you say and put my money into good use for some charity or something.
    Thank you!!

  5. I just wanted to tell you that your plug in is a experience changing tool! Website is loaded much quicker with the help of your magic experience!
    Thanks a bunch mate! Keep up the good work! You made a difference in online word! Like Andreas said in the previous comment
    Frank You Rock!!

  6. Thanks for this excellent plugin. It is working great with CSS, HTML minification.
    I came here looking for a paid support option and saw this post. Looks like, I will ask my technical query on your forum based support.

  7. Realy Like your plugin man !! RESPECT !! With Autoptimise now i make few http request and my website advance from D to B ( YSLOW TEST ) .
    If you need me in Arabic Traduction i’m here 😀

  8. Hi Frank,
    I come from that “special” link (the red cycle)…
    It’s a surprise. I just want to say that you done more than a very good plugin. You got something that many people need to learn: the good will.
    Many thanks and I hope more people have same thinking as you are.

  9. Firstly, love your TwentyTwelve speed optimised child theme.
    Was planing to give you a shout earlier and got busy but when I saw this page I had to say THANK YOU. Wish this world had more folk like yourself.

  10. As a lifelong comunity servant and AmeriCorps alum; I can say this is one of the best things I’ ve seen on the interent in a logn time. Cheers for promoting community servanthood. The world needs more humble people like you. If you ever travel to the West Coast of the USA, pints on me. Although I’m not sure ho I’d impress someone from Belgium with beer : )
    O N E L ♥ V E
    B U N N E A H

  11. Wow – there’s a whole lot of plugins out there for minification, but this one is the first who does what it promises, gives no troubles, has a super simple interface, and ups my sites 10 levels in Pagepseed Insights.

  12. I was kinda surprised to see that “don’t donate” button and after clicking on it i’m even more surprised. Glad to see a fellow citizen so generous.
    Thanks for your plugin by the way. It helps a lot!

  13. That’s very kind of you. I do really thank you for the plugin.
    After more than 2 years using autoptimize, I just found that “Do not donate to this plugin!” icon.
    Couldn’t thank you more.

  14. How humble of you.
    Our clients have benefitted immensely from your work. We have donated to charity (down here in Beautiful Melbourne, Australia) on your behalf.
    Thank you!

  15. At first I thought it is negative marketing, When I followed the link I was surprised. You are givingout a premium quality plugin and your effort for nothing, great.

    Goodwill is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy.

    and you are earning it truckload

  16. Hey man, You are really really great. Actually i am seeing the “Do not Donate” button for first time, you are very different. that’s why people here come and see this page, the idea for donating some Cause is nice initiative. you are awesome developer, you plugin works so great
    also i saw a owl photo saying “Ad free blog”. everything in your blog is so nice.

  17. #respect,
    after spending a lot of time to optimize and receive tips from around internet..akhirnya plugin i get what I need
    and the double shock of the contribution that can be given to you is not for you but for other
    #respect …. #respect

  18. You’re a nice guy.. It’s rare to come across persons like you these days, contented with what they have and also contribute to the society. Thanks.
    And, your Plugin is awesome.

  19. Dear Frank, it is very nice to see a good example like yours. I’ve worked in a war zone, and I’ve seen the marvelous such donations can do to humanity: persons like you and me. Allow me to share my experience publicly: from all NGOs working out there, definetly the Doctors without borders, or Medecins sans frontierers where those who made the most difference, in my experience in Africa. I’ll take a closer look in those that you suggest, also.
    If you ever come to Brazil, I would be very happy to show our country and help you in any matter here.
    Rodrigo/former U.N. staff.

  20. The most respectable countries in this world are Scandinavians.
    I’m finding every single day more and more proofs and I’m failing in love with those countries more and more.
    Your plug in the only one gaves me A 95% instead of 86% on GTmetrix. Well done!
    Thank you!

  21. Hey first of thanks for making this plugin happen for everyone who’s using and enjoying it. I’m so happy to see someone who’s very noble and not try to just make money out of something right off the bat.
    Thanks for doing that!

  22. Hey first of thanks for making this plugin happen for everyone who’s using and enjoying it. I’m so happy to see someone who’s very noble and not try to just make money out of something right off the bat.

  23. Your Plugin is awesome, I’m using it now. But the “Force JavaScript in ?” if enable block JS in most of the mobile browser. Like menu was not working in mobile browser for me. So using it without that option.
    Thanks a lot for such a good plugin

  24. I am very impressed by the gesture. I just came looking to donate now we are trying to start with Autoptimize. Only seemed fair as it looks good and we had support Qs. And then we saw page this instead. Never heard of Kiva before, but now have done it 🙂

  25. Sensational your attitude!
    Congratulations on your initiative and I hope you are able, through work, to give your family a good life.
    I just want to learn how to program in php. Hehe!

  26. cheers for your awesome plugin and for the generosity and wisdom to ask for donations to help others.
    You have inspired me to regularly help one of the links you recommended, thank you 🙂

  27. Thank you. I made a donation to the Lullaby Trust, which supports families who have lost a baby in a cot death. I am so impressed with your public-spirited attitude and also (don’t be afraid, I’m a 67-year-old grandmother!) your lovely voice on the instruction video.
    Haven’t tried the plugin yet, actually!!!!

  28. Hi Frank,
    Just found out about this and think it’s a wonderful initiative.
    Thanks again for your work and for your active participation on all support forums (not necessary yours) and facebook groups I saw you intervene a bit everywhere on the internet
    Donation made to Givedirectly:
    Keep up the awesome work

  29. You have an amazing attitude and perspective of life, Frank. We use autoptimize for many of our clients and it’s always performed well. Thanks for the awesome plugin.
    Wish you all the best mate.

  30. Donate me donate me donate me…………. But first time, I come from that “special” link (the red cycle)…
    It’s a surprise. I just want to say that you did more than a very good plugin. You got something that many people need to learn: the good will.
    Many thanks and I hope more people have same thinking as you are.

  31. Hey, I am new to wordpress, just found your plugin and installed it on my website. When I found the DO NOT DONATE button I came here. I feels good to have people like you on this planet. Your plugin is just great and improved my Google PageSpeed Insights score.
    Thank you very much.

  32. Frank. you are really a great guy. I had been through scores of minify plugins but none could handle this issue of compression without breaking code and yet being light. Your plugin is awesome, there is a slight issue with the cache but I thought that a premium version will solve that. Then I saw your DONOT DONATE. Man you are really awesome.
    Just blown.

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