For those of you that haven’t heard blender is now setup to take monthly donations! This is great news as it will mean a (hopefully) more predictable and consistent income - so we as the community can get more blender awesomeness!
Blender has a great community, and it shows. The compositing fund raiser raised over $8,000, which is no small sum of money. It’s also, I think, a good testament to the reality of what Blender and the community is about, it’s simply not a ‘…Just because it’s free’ type of attitude.
Don’t think you’ll get anything special for donating. It would have been great if the donors got some acknowledgement, like for example a badge under their avatar here at BA like cgtalk have for paying members or gallery awards. But I guess that might be difficult to achieve since BA and the Blender foundation is to separate organizations…
40 subscribers is pretty impressive I think. If the average donation is 15€ (A modest guess), 40 x 15 = 600€. 600 x 12 = 7200€/10,190$ per year, which although isn’t much, is certainly a good start. If we take a high guess and say that the average donation is 25€, that’s 12,000€/16,984$. And the subscription was started what, this week? I’m impressed.
I would have thought people would jump on this occasion!
I immediately subscribed because that’s the honorable thing to do : you have this great program with this awesome community and with a small monthly donation from a large userbase Blender could become the greatest in no time.
As to the “bronze” and “silver” etc. , I do’nt know but I did get an email from Ton thanking me for subscribing and that is more than enough for me : you are welcome Ton and I can only hope all other Blender users will feel the same very soon!
And I hope this thread will stay alive so that the Fund keeps getting attention : only if people know about it is there a chance that they will subscribe …
I felt exactly the same. I get so much enjoyment out of blender I felt ‘obligated’ to help out the foundation - they are giving me something for nothing - which really doesn’t happen that much anymore…
Hopefully the number of subscribers will continue to grow - I’m sure the foundation will put the funds to very good use (as they have shown repeatedly in the past.)
between the original announcement and the tweet only 2 days had passed. 40 sounds great for that timespan, and I´m sure the number has increased significantly since then, although we´re probably not going to be talking about 1000s of subscriptions (but we all wish for that, of course)
A lot of people have lives and don´t watch every step the Blender Foundation makes. Give it time. Of course the most dedicated will jump on the opportunity first.
There´s a difference between making a one time donation, and making a long time commitment.
Keep in mind that many people have already donated substantial amounts to these projects, and others.
Keep poking people to subscribe, and they shall come =)
Edit: Another point that needs to be made is that if this results in substantial advancements for Blender, more people will join in. Knowing that it is governed by the foundation itself is a huge plus. One thing I think would help is knowing what projects are applicable for donation for the time being, and what you might help to accomplish with your donation, instead of just donating blindly and hoping for the best (this really isn´t very transparent). Furthermore, a monthly report on where donations have gone, and possible results would aid as well. Bueno, those are my 2+1 cents
also the “blender network” for hiring folks, etc. I think could end up using like something like this. imagine hiring a 3d artists, and all he needs is hardware “software” is free.
donating a small sum every month as he is hired as an option to give back and make sure his or hers tools are getting better all the time would be a really selling point.
also such a eco system would ensure small studios to have the same tools and oppurtunity as big companies. and big companies could in a way “pay” for small companies to exist and also individuals to use the software.