We get asked periodically how to contribute money to this project. Because small contributions would have simply gone into my pocket but not actually have done anything to help the project, I have put off taking any contributions.
But our community has grown a lot in the last few years. I don’t know for sure how many active Mail-in-a-Boxes there are, but I think in the hundreds. Maybe now there are enough users who would want to contribute money that it would be worthwhile to take it and put it to good use.
To me, $400 raised per month, month after month, is the point where taking any contributions begins to make sense, but, realistically, it would have a small impact, and I would predict its impact would mostly be in improving the community side of the project rather than functionality. Raising 10x that is the point where it starts to have a transformative effect on the project.
Assuming we have 200 active users, if 10% of users contributed $20/month, that would be $400/month.
If you would be interested to contribute money on a regular basis, please reply with:
- How much would you contribute to Mail-in-a-Box on a monthly basis in U.S. dollars?
- How would you want your contribution to be used?
Based on the responses, we’ll find out if there is enough to actually start.
If you are not able to contribute anything on a monthly basis, please don’t reply, just to keep this thread focused on the question. If you don’t want to reply publicly, feel free to private message me through the forum and I’ll summarize/anonymize the responses.
(Folks have raised legal questions in the past about this. In the U.S., there’s nothing that really gets in the way of taking people’s money (how American, right?). Making contributions tax-deductible is harder, but probably not necessary for us. Spending the money is the hard part for a whole bunch of reasons.)