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GitHub Launches GitHub Sponsors to Let Users Financially Support Developers 

GitHub has just launched GitHub Sponsors, a new program whose purpose is to allow users to financially support open-source developers and back their favorite projects.

 

GitHub has just launched GitHub Sponsors, a new program whose purpose is to allow users to financially support open-source developers and back their favorite projects.

 
Additionally, GitHub announced GitHub Sponsors Matching Fund, an associated program that the company is going to use to match all contributions up to $5000 during the developer’s first year in GitHub Sponsors.

“Open source developers build tools for the rest of us. GitHub Sponsors is a new tool to help them succeed, too,” GitHub’s Devon Zuegel explains.

Payouts made through GitHub Sponsors come without any fees in the first 12 months, as GitHub says it’ll cover all payment processing fees in the first year after the launch. This means that 100 percent of your sponsorship goes directly to the developer, GitHub emphasizes.
 
Service currently in beta
 
Additionally, the service is available in all countries were GitHub exists and comes with a very convenient way to make a payment. Simply hover the username of a GitHub developer and you can easily sponsor their work.

“Any GitHub user can sponsor an open source developer in the program,” Zuegel continues.

“GitHub Sponsors is built for funding all types of work that advance open source software. Anyone who contributes to open source—whether through code, documentation, leadership, mentorship, design, and beyond—is eligible for sponsorship.”

To encourage sponsorships, GitHub says that anyone who contributes to an open source projects can become a sponsored developer at any time in the future.

“Currently, only individual users can sponsor developers. If your organization is interested in sponsoring developers, please let us know by emailing [email protected],” GitHub continues, emphasizing that it needs feedback from devs to allow the project to move forward.

The service is currently in beta, and only a small number of sponsored developers are included in the testing program. You can join the waitlist on this page.
 
 
 
 
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