Proposal: Recurring donations - increase flexibility

Uli Klinkhammer uk at
Thu Jul 30 20:51:10 BST 2020

Hey all,

100% on your side, Julian!

KDE should try to be independent in the long term view. Therefor, the 
financial support of the user base is unavoidable. I see it as the only 
way to survive.

I heard that KDE is about to implement CiviCRM. And I saw that there was 
already a solution made back in 2014?

And there is something similar here:

But I think the Board was aware of it already? :)


Uli (KDE Supporter)

On 2020-07-30 16:13, Aleix Pol wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 7:06 PM XYQuadrat <mail at> wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> Let me preface this email that I do not have a lot of background
>> knowledge on the monetary policies of KDE and therefore my proposal
>> might be not sensible at all.
>> For individuals who want to support KDE on a regular basis, we have the
>> "Join the game!" initiative (see
>> Currently, there is only the option to pay 100€ on a yearly basis or
>> split those 100€ into 25€ on a quarterly basis.
>> In my opinion, this is a rather strict and inflexible concept. Regular
>> donations lead to a more consistent source of donation income since they
>> fluctuate much less than one-time donations.
>> I therefore believe that it would be beneficial to allow people to
>> donate less/more on a regular basis.
>> One option is to simply allow anyone to donate a customizable amount per
>> year (with some minimal amount of say 10€), instead of the fixed 100€.
>> Another option would be to introduce the by now often used concept of
>> tiers - fixed amounts that then grant some small benefit such as being
>> named on a KDE website, receiving a small "Thank You" card or similar.
>> These tiers would then cover a wider range of amounts (e.g. 10€ - 50 € -
>> 100 € - 250€ - 500€).
>> What do people think about this? (Of course, in the end this requires
>> approval of the board. But I think this shouldn't be all too
>> controversial of a change.)
>> Best regards,
>> Julian / xyquadrat
> Hi,
> Yes, this has been planned for a while, it was never executed for
> technical reasons we are still trying to address.
> I am hopeful we'll get there soon enough.
> Thanks for caring!
> Aleix
> PS: as for the right place to discuss this, I'd say it's okay to bring
> up the issues here as it's a place where we all get to speak our
> minds. In cases such as this one where it's more about taking action,
> I'd like to remind everyone we have a Fundraising Working Group. If
> anyone wants to join and help, you can reach out to
> kde-ev-campaign at


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