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In November, we announced the beta enabling organization accounts to receive funding through GitHub Sponsors. This feature is now available in 32 regions, and we’re working hard to expand to everywhere GitHub does business.
The world runs on open source. None of it would be possible without the global team of maintainers who devote themselves to pushing technology forward. We started GitHub Sponsors to help financially support the developers who build the open source software you use every day. Now, we’re extending support to teams of developers too, through organization sponsorship. And since GitHub covers payment processing costs (that’s right—zero fees), one-hundred percent of the sponsorship goes to the sponsored project.
Over 500 organizations joined GitHub Sponsors during the beta, and those numbers will grow even faster now that it’s out of beta in 32 regions. Thanks so much to the teams who offered to be part of the beta and gave such helpful feedback.
“With GitHub Sponsors, we’ve been able to connect directly to our users for financial support. Thanks to their generosity, we’ve been able to purchase hardware needed for maintainers to build and test software that Homebrew packages. Integration with GitHub means maintainers can spend more time making Homebrew better, and less time fundraising.”
“ESLint uses GitHub Sponsors to collect donations from our users. Because GitHub is trusted by the developer community, our users know that 100% of their donations are going directly to the project.”
“GitHub Sponsors is helping us get the funding we need to provide the fixes and new features our users want.”
“GitHub Sponsors has helped us drive brand awareness among developers and give back to an open source cause we’re passionate about, while incurring negligible cost. GitHub makes it easy to build goodwill around your brand—what does that usually cost?”
Take the next step at your organization and help support open source.
- If you have a corporate bank account set up for your open source organization, visit github.com/sponsors to sign up to become a sponsored organization.
- If your organization doesn’t have a bank account but you’re ready to receive funding, sign up with a fiscal host. We partnered with Open Collective to make it easy, but you’re free to use other fiscal hosts like NumFOCUS or the Software Freedom Conservancy.
This is still the beginning for GitHub Sponsors. We’re so excited to build out more tools for open source projects to receive funding while keeping the process as easy and lightweight for open source maintainers.