In celebration of the tenth birthday of Half-Baked Software Inc., we followed the tradition we started in 2004 of having a Charity Month. This year it was in May. We have donated the income received from purchases of Hot Potatoes and Quandary licences during the month of May directly to charity. The University of Victoria again agreed to waive its royalty percentage, we (Stewart and Martin) waived ours, and the company covered ongoing costs out of its savings, so every penny of the software licence income was donated directly to charity.
We raised nearly $3,000 this year!
To be included in the amounts we give to charity, your purchase must meet these conditions:
The simplest way to be sure your purchase meets the criteria is to purchase by credit card during May (either through PayPal or by faxing your order to us). If you pay by cheque, we will have to receive and bank your cheque, and the funds will have to clear before the end of Charity Month, so make sure that your cheque arrives before the 21st of that month.
No, you won't. You will receive a normal receipt/licence document. You're purchasing a licence, and you're paying the value of the licence, so from your point of view this is a normal transaction. The charity contribution is being made by Half-Baked Software. Of course, if you're purchasing the licence for your business, you can claim the purchase as a business expense as you would normally do.
We will pay the full cost of GST for Canadians, and PST for B.C. residents. You will pay the same amount as everyone else, and we will donate the full amount. The cost of GST and PST will simply be a financial loss to Half-Baked.