[squeak-dev] Call for Donation | Squeak Needs Your Support

Marcel Taeumel marcel.taeumel at hpi.de
Wed Jun 29 09:07:11 UTC 2022

Dear Squeakers, Smalltalkers, and friends of object-oriented, interactive programming systems!

Please consider making a donation to Squeak, and encourage your company or educational institution to think of supporting our project.

-> https://squeak.org/ [https://squeak.org/] (PayPal via "Donate" button)
-> https://sfconservancy.org/donate/ [https://sfconservancy.org/donate/] (Instructions for wire transfer)

The Squeak project is an open-source project with a long, pioneering, and successful history -- and an ambitious future. We operate under the umbrella of the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), which provides legal oversight and administrative support. In turn, Squeak is proud to be a member organization supporting SFC's ideals, which are compatible with our own goals and values.

What is needed?

Mainly relying on the dedication and motivation of our volunteer community, Squeak operates with a modest budget. We have ongoing costs to maintain our infrastructure, and it is important for all to keep Squeak's services up and running. These include the squeak.org web site, mailing lists, code repositories, and more.

Our budget is administered by SFC, who, providing the legal support, receives just 1 dollar for every 10 dollars donated. The other 90 percent go directly into Squeak's account to then pay for our servers.

-> https://squeak.org/ [https://squeak.org/] (PayPal via "Donate" button)
-> https://sfconservancy.org/donate/ [https://sfconservancy.org/donate/] (Instructions for wire transfer)

Please think about supporting Squeak in a way that fits your own budget. Maybe you can donate on a regular basis. Maybe you can only afford it once. Having fun playing with Squeak? Think about $10 a year. Did or do you benefit from Squeak somehow in your professional career? Think about $100 a year. Maybe you are a company that actively uses Squeak in their technology stack? Our budget could definitely benefit from $1000 a year or more.

Why now?

We want to establish a more sustainable funding without having to rely on occasional, unpredictable credits programs for open-source software.

We are currently migrating our services from Rackspace (https://www.rackspace.com [https://www.rackspace.com/]) to Hetzner (https://www.hetzner.com [https://www.hetzner.com/]). In recent years, we have benefited from Rackspace's no-cost support. While we are very grateful for that support, it is no longer available. In fact, it leaped from no-cost to high-cost, which has been eating our funds quite a lot during the recent months of migration efforts. Fortunately, our low-cost target, Hetzner, looks very promising to be donation-backed for the time to come.

Please consider making a donation to Squeak and SFC, and encourage your company or educational institution to think of supporting our project as well.

-> https://squeak.org/ [https://squeak.org/] (PayPal via "Donate" button)
-> https://sfconservancy.org/donate/ [https://sfconservancy.org/donate/] (Instructions for wire transfer)

First-time donors are especially appreciated.

So, if you love Squeak, then please consider a donation and keep on having fun with our object-oriented, interactive programming system, the Smalltalk language, and the whole Squeak experience.

The Squeak Oversight Board on behalf of the Squeak community
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