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Pledgie main page
Slogan Helping you help others
Commercial? No
Type of site Donation website
Registration Not required
Available language(s) English
Content license Creative Commons Attribution License
Launched 2007

Pledgie[1] is a donation website created by Mark Daggett and Garry Dolley that runs on the Ruby on Rails web application framework.[2] The creators have also worked on and decided to create Pledgie after meeting each other there and discovering that the both had a passion for open source software and the Ruby language.

The site allows anyone to make a pledge for just about any type of cause, but spamming and scamming may occur. To avoid this, users have the ability to report these pledges. The donations are received through the user's PayPal account. Causes can have a set ending time and users can set the money goal for the pledge. The goal may also be left empty. Anyone can comment on a cause whether they have donated or not, and the pledge owner can respond to these comments, but not remove them.

While the website aims for the funding of health, safety and other causes that can help the community, the majority of pledges are listed under "Internet", "Programming Languages" and "Uncategorized".



Pledgie was created in 2007 by Mark and Garry who wanted to make an open and transparent donations website. Their first "real" campaign was the pledge they created for the Mephisto project. Mephisto is a blog publishing system similar to WordPress that also runs under the Ruby on Rails framework, created by Rick Olson and Justin Palmer. The pledge was used as a test-drive for Pledgie, although the Mephisto project already had a PayPal donation button. They asked for the users on Mephisto's IRC channel #mephisto, to make donations to them via Pledgie and the goal was met overnight.[2] Mephisto is also used as by Pledgie for their blog[3].

Pledgie has been very widely used by Github, having started around 2260 total pledges as of July 2009.[4]. The Pledgie integration system has been revealed in a post on the Github blog[5]. Pledgie has also been used by The Freesound Project and Inkscape as their main donation service[6][7]


The Pledgie interface is simple and has some similarities to social bookmark sites such as Digg. One similarity to Digg is the yellow pledge counter placed next to each cause showing how many pledges have been made, which are very similar to Digg's yellow Digg counters.


  1. Powell, Nigel (2009-02-11). "Pledgie - helping you to help others". Red Ferret. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cooper, Peter (2007-05-03). "Pledgie - A new Rails powered donations site". Ruby Inside. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  3. "Pledgie blog". 2009-04-12. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  4. "Github account on Pledgie". 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  5. Hyett, PJ (2009-07-21). "Getting Paid the Open Source Way". Github blog. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  6. "The Freesound Project main page". The Freesound Project. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  7. "Inkscape. Draw Freely.". 2009-08-01. Retrieved 2009-08-01. .

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