HUGE news coming from GitHub today:
We’re thrilled to announce the beta of GitHub Sponsors, a new way to financially support the developers who build the open source software you use every day. Open source developers build tools for the rest of us. GitHub Sponsors is a new tool to help them succeed, too.
100% of sponsorship money goes to the developers and they’re even matching contributions up to $5k during a developer’s first year! Also, the whole thing is tightly integrated in to GitHub itself:
Open source projects can also express their funding models directly from their repositories. When
.github/FUNDING.ymlis added to a project’s master branch, a new “Sponsor” button will appear at the top of the repository. Clicking the button opens a natively rendered view of the funding models listed in that file.
There’s lots to digest here, but at first glance this looks like an amazing addition to the open source ecosystem. 🎉