Proposal: Recurring donations - increase flexibility

Uli Klinkhammer uk at
Fri Jul 31 07:28:48 BST 2020

On 2020-07-31 01:35, Aleix Pol wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 9:52 PM Uli Klinkhammer <uk at> 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?
>> And there is something similar here:
>> 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> 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
>> --
> is already running CiviCRM at the moment. It's
> the one we are trying to get improvements on.
> Aleix

Fine to hear, so good luck for everybody involved! :)

In my opinion, the possibility to send "any amount" should be realized, 
at the same time as "anonymous donations" (or better said, without the 
need to register).

And in my opinion this module should appear in any of the KDE apps. The 
best would be to show it at the first start of any KDE program.

But, this is just my personal view and just one way of the game, and I 
am sure, that there a lot of other ways to get the financial support of 
the user base.

Best wishes,



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