If you did not know already, part of the revenue generated by It’s FOSS has been regularly donated to various Open Source project. Till now, over $600 has been made into donations. You can read the details of the donation on this dedicated page.
So, what is being changed in this donation program?
Well, until now the donations have been very unorganized. There was no schedule, no timely announcement and no participation from your side in selecting the donation recipient. This will be changed starting this month.
The new donation program by It’s FOSS
Let me tell you in details about it. You might know about the It’s FOSS Shop already. It’s an affiliate store with Stack Commerce that has a collection of gadgets, online courses among other things. It is like Amazon from where you can order various stuff like drones, headphones and like Udemy, you can buy e-learning courses. The store and its inventory are managed by Stack Commerce and its team.
When I first introduced It’s FOSS shop, I was skeptical about it as I hardly had control over the products selection and adding new products based on readers’ suggestion. I was not sure how will it be reacted by you, the readers of It’s FOSS. But in an internal survey taken by over 1200 of It’s FOSS newsletter subscribers gave it a thumbs up. General indication is that the store and its services and its products are good. And I am happy about it.
I am not going to push you into buying from It’s FOSS Shop, but if you are looking for gadgets and e-learning materials, I would suggest to use it because you will be indirectly supporting Open Source while you get a quality product.
Now comes the donation part. From now onwards, 25% of all the earnings from It’s FOSS Shop will go to one (or maybe more than one) Open Source project. Each month, you will help me choose an Open Source candidate for It’s FOSS donation and 25% of the month’s earning will go that project. Rest of the earnings will be used in the development of It’s FOSS (payment of hosting, payment of team members and other expenses) and hopefully its side projects.
It is important to tell you that this 25% is not the amount of the product you buy. It’s FOSS gets a part of the sale. So if you buy something for $10, we get like $3 (I don’t know how much exactly) and we donate $0.75. I’ll share the details of the earning at the end of each month and that we together select one project for the donation.
How does it sound? Your opinion is welcome. I can modify the program as per your feedback, if it’s feasible.
It’s FOSS July donation
For the month of June, total revenue generated by It’s FOSS Shop was $206.62.
This means this month, we will donate $51.5 to one project. I have selected four projects and you can vote which should be the one eligible for the donation. Project with maximum number of votes will be the chosen one :)
Update: As voted by you, we have donated the said amount to The Document Foundation (LibreOffice).
If you develop applications for Linux, you can add yourself to this list or just contact me to become one of the contestants for the next month’s donation.
If you have any suggestions on the entire program, please write to me. I am curious to hear your opinion. Thanks.