Giving Back: Mozilla

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Another month, another act of giving back to the community. When I made this resolution, I was thinking about how much I take for granted the many free resources that I use on a daily basis. I wanted to find a way to give back a little bit to the community so that this flow of amazing educational content can continue for more people to benefit from.

This month, I am donating to Mozilla, the non profit organization behind Firefox. Now, admittedly, I am not a Firefox user. I am in a long term relationship with Google Chrome. However, Firefox isn’t the only thing Mozilla does. Mozilla hires some of the best developers in the world who go on to create amazing content and contribute greatly to the community. For example, people like @davidwalshblog create regular blog posts with great content and are very active on twitter. Mozilla also has a great relationship with the community thanks to @codepo8 who works as their Developer Evangelist, who also keeps a blog and uses twitter to be involved in the community and feature great content. We also can’t forget the legendary MDN.

Mozilla has indirectly and directly helped me in my career by pushing the web forward and keeping it open and awesome. My donation of $100 to Mozilla is the least I can do to give back to a company that does as much as they do.

Disclaimer: I opted in to get the Firefox t-shirt with my donation. Cause I wanted one.

My name is Andrew McGivery. I currently work full time as an application developer at Manulife Financial in Canada. My current passion is building and leading highly engaged teams where employee happiness, learning, and growth is a priority.

5 Responses

  1. Thank you! I heard about your donation from @codepo8 on our engagement-developers mailing list.

    This kind of thing inspires us to make MDN better and better.

    Did you happen to see his post on hacks.mozilla.org about our Promote MDN plugin?

    https://hacks.mozilla.org/2014/02/technical-blogger-mozillian-heres-a-plugin-for-you-to-tell-us-about-your-work/

  2. Thanks for your kind mention of MDN! We work hard to be the best resource for Web developers we can be! Maybe we’ll be lucky and some of your readers will become contributors!

  3. It says a lot about your character that you use Chrome but still find lots of value in what Mozilla does. More people should put aside their preferences and be honest about real change in the world! (I say this as a MySQL DBA who’s tired of fights between MySQL and Postgres, MySQL vs. MariaDB, etc).

    • Thanks for your comment and kind words. 🙂

      I agree with what you are saying about preferences. It should come down to what tool is the best for getting the job done under your specific circumstances, not which one more people in your project are a fan boy of.

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