Sponsorship Program Overview

QGIS is an entirely Open Source project. QGIS development is carried out largely by a group of volunteers, that in time have built up a large, valuable and useful code base, free to use and improve for everybody. As a result, you have free access to the source code and binaries that we provide on our web site. As a result of this volunteer approach, a number of tasks, less interesting or important for the developers, are sometimes left behind. In addition, promoting QGIS requires our participation at congresses and conferences and the production of information material, sometimes very expensive for volunteer developers.

Meanwhile, many organizations have made an investment in using QGIS as part of their operations, but have not had a way to directly contribute to the success and long-term health of the project.

We would like to extend our activities and improve the quality of QGIS. Your financial contribution will support the maintenance, improvement, and promotion of QGIS. Sponsorship is not a way for individuals to control the development of the project, but rather a way of ensuring the longevity and overall health of the project.

With your donations we are able to:

  • fund developer meetings, starting from that in Vienna, autumn 2009. Users donations contributed effectively to the great success of the meetings, allowing us to fund travel and accommodation costs of key developers
  • support pre-release bugfixing, in order to improve the reliability of each new QGIS version.

How can you support the QGIS Development

There are two kinds of financial contributions, we accept:

  • sponsorships: a sponsorship is an annual commitment of funds to the project.
  • donations: a donation is a once off financial contribution to the QGIS project.

Sponsorship

Sponsors can sponsor QGIS for any amount of money of at least 500 €/700 US$. Sponsorships last one year, after which they may be continued with a new payment, or allowed to lapse. At or above the following levels a sponsor will be designated as being one of the following class:

euros us dollars sponsorship level
27,000+ 39,000 Platinum Sponsor
9,000+ 13,000 Gold Sponsor
3,000+ 4,300 Silver Sponsor
500+ 700 Bronze Sponsor

Donation

Donations can be of any amount, through the Make A Donation PayPal link provided in the left-hand menu of this website or through our bank account (write us for details: cavallini@faunalia.it). Even a small donation can make a big difference and help to reach important project goals!

If you wish to send us a larger donation, you are strongly encouraged to use the bank account rather than PayPal.

Donations to QGIS are tax-deductible in several countries. Please refer to your local tax office for details.

What is your benefit sponsoring the QGIS Development?

Sponsoring the QGIS project provides the following benefits:

  • Ensures the sustainability and health of the QGIS project.
  • All sponsors will be listed on the project sponsor page, ordered by contribution class (Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze) with a link back to the sponsor.
  • Platinum Sponsors will have their logo placed on rotating banner on front page of qgis.osgeo.org
  • Gold Sponsors will be listed on the sponsors page with a large logo (e.g. 300x200px)
  • Silver sponsors will be listed on the sponsors page with a medium size logo (e.g. 150x100px)
  • Bronze sponsors will be listed on the sponsors page with a small size logo (e.g. 64x64px)
  • Sponsors will be listed in the front matter of the QGIS manual
  • Sponsors will be allowed to use a special version of the QGIS logo on their web site and promotional materials, which shows they are a sponsor of the QGIS project
  • No advertising will be placed within the QGIS application itself.

Donors will be listed on the donors page, but do not receive the additional benefits listed above for sponsors.

How do we use financial support?

The sponsorship funds will be spent to directly improve the code base of the project, to fund tasks that generally receive less attention from developers, and to fund work on peripheral project tasks so that core contributors can focus efforts on QGIS improvements. As an example, we would like to fund the following project activities:

  • fund developers to work on specific aspects of QGIS including implementing new features and fixing bugs
  • two QGIS Developer Meeting per year, where we can meet in person and brainstorm, fix bugs and hold a week of intensive QGIS development work. Most QGIS developers will happily donate their time to such events, but we are looking for sponsors to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for these events
  • attendance to other conferences. There are several high profile conferences held each year (such as the http://www.foss4g.org), and we would like to be able to fund QGIS team members to represent QGIS at important conferences, to promote it among users and raise interest and solicit code contributions from other developers

Decisions on spending of sponsorship funds will be made by the QGIS Project Steering Committee.

Note

We regret that we cannot accept ‘earmarked’ funding as it creates many administrative issues. If you are interested in funding specific aspects of QGIS development, we encourage you to allocate additional human resources to the project, e.g. hiring a developer, or participating to our bug fixing initiative.

Warning

Acceptance of sponsorship offers is at the discretion of the QGIS PSC. We reserve the right to decline offers of sponsorship if the sponsoring organisation or party seems to be at odds with the ethos of our project. For example offers from marketing companies that have nothing to do with GIS / spatial services, or offers where we have reason to believe the presence of the sponsors logo and marketing materials on our site and other materials will degrade the experience of our users will be declined.

Organizations or individuals interested in sponsoring the QGIS project should contact the QGIS PSC Finance and Marketing advisor, Paolo Cavallini at: cavallini@faunalia.it (+39-348-3801953) with questions, or to make arrangements.