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How to donate
Important information for donating
- Tildes uses third-party payment processors and does not handle or have access to any of your sensitive financial information.
- The corporation that operates Tildes is named "Spectria". Depending on the donation method you use, you may see this name on the transaction.
- Spectria is a not-for-profit corporation, but it is not a charity, so donations are not tax-deductible.
GitHub Sponsors (credit card, PayPal)
If you don't have a preference for which method to use, please use GitHub Sponsors! GitHub Sponsors does not currently charge any fees, so 100% of your donation will be received by Tildes. In addition, they are matching up to $5000 USD donated in the first year, so using GitHub Sponsors should* double your donation.
GitHub Sponsors is intended for recurring donations, but you can make a one-time donation by starting a sponsorship and then cancelling it.
Go to the GitHub Sponsors page for Tildes
* Some contributions are not eligible for matching, this will be indicated at the top of the page.
Stripe (credit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay)
You can donate to Tildes using a credit card, Apple Pay, or Google Pay through Stripe. This can be a one-time donation, or you can set up an automatically-recurring donation (either monthly or yearly).
Donate with Stripe
Patreon (credit card, PayPal)
You can also set up a recurring monthly donation to Tildes through Patreon. There are no "patron rewards" for using Patreon and no updates will be posted there, it is simply being used as an alternative method of making recurring donations (and can be more convenient for people that already support other projects through Patreon).
Go to the Patreon page for Tildes
You can donate Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), or Litecoin (LTC) to Tildes via Coinbase.
Go to the Coinbase donation page for Tildes
Canadians can donate to Tildes using Interac e-Transfer, which often has no fees. Send an e-Transfer through your bank's site or app to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be auto-accepted (no security question necessary). Note that the recipient will be shown as "SPECTRIA".
Information about donating
Why should I donate to Tildes?
Tildes has no investors, no advertising, and does not sell anything (including its users' data). Donations are its only income. By donating, you're supporting a site that's chosen to avoid those other sources of revenue in order to gain the freedom to focus exclusively on acting in its users' interests.
Who am I donating to?
Tildes is operated by Spectria, a Canadian not-for-profit corporation (corporation number 1034108-8).
Why is Tildes a non-profit and not a charity?
Canada only grants charity status to organizations with certain purposes. Generally, the organization has to be devoted to relieving poverty, advancing religion or education, or the benefit of the (local, real-life) community. These are quite restricted definitions; note that Wikimedia Canada (the Canadian branch of the organization behind Wikipedia) is also a non-profit and not a charity. If even building Wikipedia doesn't seem to qualify as "advancing education", I don't think there's any chance that Tildes will.
What if you don't get enough donations to run the site full-time?
One of the best parts about avoiding venture capital and other forms of investment is that there's no pressure. Tildes doesn't have to reach certain thresholds of traffic or revenue to prevent shutting down. The worst case is just that I end up running Tildes as a side project, and hope that it eventually grows to a point where it's sustainable to work on full-time.
You can propose changes to this page by editing the copy of it available in the wiki for the ~tildes.official group on Tildes itself.