Werner Koch is the man behind one of the most popular open source email encryption toosl GnuPG (GPG). He recently announced he would need to cease development on the project due to a severe lack of funds. He nearly gave up on the project in 2013, but stayed involved after seeing the need for his tool during Edward Snowden’s leaks. Last year, he ran a crowd-funding campaign to fund development work, but came nowhere near his goal of $137,000 with total funding reaching only $8,000.
The Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative, Stripe, and Facebook are just a few of the companies and organizations that have stepped in to help GnuPG with donations that amount to more than $150,000.