Is there a fund to support development of open source design software that isn't blender-centric? Blender has support from the corps now, I want to collectively support development on Inkscape, Natron, Krita, OpenToonz, MyPaint, Glimpse. And I need it to be a big pile of users (consumer co-op?) so it can reach development funding scale

@Snapai Krita does employ 4 full time through their combined foundation donations & stream / windows store sales.

There exist non-profits like SPI or the SFC that you would think might fill a role like that but they dont directly hire and pay developers to work on their supported projects.

@zanny
I keep reading about how awful Adobe is and thinking hey I might be able to donate monthly the equivalent of a creative cloud payment for one of their apps, or maybe one day all of their apps, which couldn't fund a dev on its own but if a bunch of us did it could, but I'd want it to actually do dev work I need - making the apps for various creative mediums feature-complete and still free for those artists.

@zanny
The reason SFC and SPI don't necessarily fund development directly is because in their operations as 501c3's they aren't allowed to send money to a non 501c3. Most open source projects haven't been set up as nonprofits, or in such a way where funding their development directly could pass an audit.

@zanny
(Sponsoring a GSoC project for a company probably would, because that goes directly to education, which is under the 501c3 purpose umbrella)

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@zanny
Anyways, this is why I'm thinking a consumer cooperative might make more logistic sense. A group of users organizing to hire who they need. Maybe (and definitely eventually!) a hybrid cooperative with developer and user needs administratively balanced. Wonder if there's anyone on @SocialCoop who could help set that up. @redoak @mattcropp any ideas?

@zanny @SocialCoop @redoak @mattcropp
Definitely seems like OpenCollective would be useful in this case

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