Sponsoring a developer

You can make a monthly recurring payment to a developer who designs, creates, or maintains open source projects you depend on.

Note: Anyone with a GitHub account can become a sponsor. For sponsored developers, GitHub Sponsors is in limited beta and subject to change.

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About sponsoring developers

Anyone with a GitHub account can sponsor anyone with a sponsored developer profile through a recurring monthly payment. You can choose from multiple sponsorship tiers, with monthly payment amounts and benefits that are set by the sponsored developer. Your sponsorship will share your account's existing billing date, payment method, and receipt. For more information, see "About billing for GitHub Sponsors."

When you sponsor a developer, the change will become effective immediately. You will immediately be charged a prorated amount for the time until your next regular billing date.

If the sponsored developer retires your tier, the tier will remain in place for you until you choose a different tier or cancel your subscription. For more information, see "Upgrading a sponsorship" and "Downgrading a sponsorship."

If the developer you want to sponsor does not have a sponsored developer profile, you can encourage the developer to join the waitlist at GitHub Sponsors. You can also recommend developers to participate in the limited beta. Send an email to opensource@github.com with a link to the developer's GitHub profile and optionally their contact information.

Sponsorships are not donations and are not tax deductible.

Sponsoring a developer

  1. On GitHub, navigate to the profile of the person you want to sponsor.

  2. Under the developer's name, click Sponsor.

    Sponsor button

  3. On the right side of the page, under "Select a tier", review the sponsorship tiers available. Then, to the right of the tier you want, click Select.

    Select a tier box

  4. Under "Billing information", review your payment details. Optionally, to change the payment details for your entire GitHub account, click Edit. Then, follow the prompts to complete the payment form.

    Edit payment button

  5. Choose who can see your sponsorship.

    Radio buttons to choose who can see your sponsorship

  6. Decide whether you want to receive email updates from the sponsored developer, then select or unselect "Receive updates from DEVELOPER."

    Checkbox to receive updates from sponsored developer

  7. Click Sponsor DEVELOPER.

    Sponsor developer button

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