Originally Posted by catkin
The civil liberties organisation option may not be viable. Isn't campaigning for civil liberties a political activity so such organisations could not be charities as far as HMRC (the UK government tax organisation) is concerned?
Many charities undertake some political activity (such as lobbying), but in the case of FSFE the political campaigning might have been seen as the primary aim of the organization (I'm only guessing here). My understanding is that the Charity Commission are not able to support organizations that mainly campaign for legal change or are party partisan. It seems to me that FSFE is primarily about civil rights rather than legal change, so it doesn't quite seem fair.
I was thinking something more like Civil Liberties Trust
(it was the National Council for Civil Liberties), which is a registered charity in the UK.
I did a bit of a search on the Charity Commission
site. One possibility which might be a bit more along the lines of what you were looking for is a charity called Open Source Innovation
There were also a couple of charitable groups that are involved in computer recycling and IT support for charities and low-income people. One of these, Comm-Tech
, appears to be a FOSS promoter.
You'd probably want to do some due diligence (eg have a look at the financial records they have submitted to the Charity Commission, talk to one of their staff, etc) on these last two if you were thinking about a sizable contribution, as they are not as well known.