Per the latest financial report from the Tor Project, the nonprofit organization’s donations reached over $3.3 million in 2015, up from $2.5 million in 2014. Administrators released their tax filings because of their belief in transparency. With a similar spike in Bitcoin, Ethereum and OpenBazaar users, massive demand for privacy and freedom-enhancing software is apparent.
While a 30% spike and $3.3 million seems like a large amount of funding, administrators wrote in a blog post, “Tor’s budget remains modest considering the number of people involved and the impact we have. And it is dwarfed by the budgets that our adversaries are spending to make the world a more dangerous and less free place.”
Surprisingly, only a meager 10-15% of monetary support is received from individual donors, while 85 to 90% of are provided by governmental organizations such as the US State Department and the National Science Foundation. It is important to note, however, that individual donors are more likely to volunteer their time, with donated services in 2015 reaching approximately half a million dollars.