Proposal: Recurring donations - increase flexibility

Aleix Pol aleixpol at kde.org
Fri Jul 31 00:35:54 BST 2020


On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 9:52 PM Uli Klinkhammer <uk at kontent.com> wrote:
>
> 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?
>
> https://civicrm.org/blog/tonymazz/donations-made-simply-and-beautifully-with-civicrm
>
> And there is something similar here:
>
> https://civicrm.org/features/contributions
>
> But I think the Board was aware of it already? :)
>
> Cheers,
>
> Uli (KDE Supporter)
>
>
> On 2020-07-30 16:13, Aleix Pol wrote:
> > On Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 7:06 PM XYQuadrat <mail at xyquadrat.ch> 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 https://relate.kde.org).
> >> 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 kde.org.
>
> --

https://relate.kde.org is already running CiviCRM at the moment. It's
the one we are trying to get improvements on.

Aleix


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