When GitHub Sponsors was announced back in May, I applied immediately, and have just recently been accepted.
This is now, by far, the best way available to make a recurring donation to Tildes:
- They aren't currently charging any fees, even for payment processing.
- They're matching up to $5000 in contributions for the first year.
On Patreon, about 10% of every donation is taken between processing fees, Patreon's own fees, and PayPal (for transferring the money out to the bank). Even without the matching, donating through GitHub instead means that 10% more of your money (all of what you're donating) will come to Tildes, and until we exhaust the matching it's more like 2.2x. For example, a $5/month donation on Patreon results in Tildes receiving about $4.50, but through GitHub it will be $10.
So if you have an existing recurring donation (or would like to start donating), I'd really appreciate if you could do it through GitHub Sponsors. Tildes is a non-profit, and its only source of income is user donations—there's no advertising, no investors, and I'm not selling your data or anything else (and none of those will ever change). Donations are what makes it possible for me to keep working on the site. For some more info, please see the Donate page on the Docs site (which I'll update soon with info about GitHub Sponsors).
The page is here: https://github.com/sponsors/Deimos
A few quick notes:
- I believe you'll need a GitHub account to sponsor through here, but it's quick to create one.
- You have the choice of making your sponsorship private or public.
- You have to choose one of the pre-defined "tiers", but I tried to create ones that match the most common donations. If you need a different amount that isn't available, let me know and I can probably add it. I still have a couple of slots left for more tiers.
- If you're currently donating through Patreon, please remember to cancel your pledge through there if you move it over to GitHub. The next Patreon payment will happen on November 1.
I'm also working on a couple things to make the amount that's currently being donated to Tildes public, and I hope to have that available later this week (and hopefully with a much higher number because of the GitHub matching!).
Thanks very much, and if there's anything confusing about the process or if you have any questions, please let me know.