It's not uncommon when working with open source software to see that the project of a single client will benefit a much wider audience. A simple example is a client wanting some really useful new feature implemented in QGIS which would also benefit the wider QGIS user community. We aim to fund the development of such projects through crowdfunding.
Crowdfunding aims to spread the funding burden throughout the wider user community rather than relying on a single source and is therefore well suited to free and open source software projects. With reduced per-donor costs, the likelihood of projects attaining their required funding level increases, benefiting both users and developers.
Our crowdfunding process looks something like this: