Setting up GitHub Sponsors for your user account

You can become a sponsored developer by joining GitHub Sponsors, completing your sponsored developer profile, creating sponsorship tiers, submitting your bank and tax information, and enabling two-factor authentication on your GitHub account.

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Joining GitHub Sponsors

Anyone who contributes to an open source project and has a bank account in a country supported by Stripe Connect is eligible to become a sponsored developer. Contributions include but are not limited to bug reports, issue triage, code, documentation, leadership, business development, project management, mentorship, and design. If you live in a country that is not supported by Stripe Connect, you can sign up for the waitlist to participate in the beta of GitHub Sponsors. For a list of countries supported by Stripe Connect, see Countries on the Stripe site.

To join GitHub Sponsors as an organization, see "Setting up GitHub Sponsors for your organization."

  1. Navigate to GitHub Sponsors.

  2. Click Get started.

  3. Follow the prompts to complete your contact information.

  4. Review the GitHub Sponsors Additional Terms and GitHub Privacy Statement, then click Submit contact information.

If you have a bank account in a supported country, GitHub will review your application within two weeks.

Completing your sponsored developer profile

After GitHub reviews your application, you can set up your sponsored developer profile so that people can start sponsoring you.

  1. In the top right corner of GitHub, click your profile photo, then click Your profile.

    Profile photo

  2. Under your name, click Sponsors dashboard.

    Sponsors dashboard button

  3. On the left sidebar, click Profile details.

    Profile details tab

  4. Under "Profile details", type a description of the work you'll do with your sponsorships.

    Profile details text field

  5. Click Update profile.

    Save button

Creating sponsorship tiers

Sponsored developers can create up to ten sponsorship tiers for sponsors to choose from. Each tier has its own monthly payment amount and benefits, such as receiving early access to new versions or being featured in the project's README.

Once you have a sponsor on a tier, you can't edit the price of that tier. Instead, you must retire the tier and create a new tier. Existing sponsors will remain on the retired tier until they change their sponsorship tier or cancel their sponsorship.

The maximum price is $6000 per month.

  1. In the top right corner of GitHub, click your profile photo, then click Your profile.

    Profile photo

  2. Under your name, click Sponsors dashboard.

    Sponsors dashboard button

  3. On the left sidebar, click Sponsor tiers.

    Sponsor tiers tab

  4. On the bottom of the page, click Add a tier.

    Add a tier button

  5. Type a price per month and description for the tier.

    Tier price and description text fields

  6. Click Save draft.

    Save draft button

  7. Proofread your tier, then click Publish tier.

    Publish tier button

  8. Repeat the steps above until you've published all the tiers you want to offer.

Submitting your bank information

If you live in a country supported by Stripe Connect, you can follow these instructions to submit your bank information by creating a Stripe Connect account. For a list of countries supported by Stripe Connect, see Countries on the Stripe site.

When applying for a Stripe Connect account, ensure all of your information is correct before you submit your application. It's difficult to update identity information, like your name and date of birth, after your application has been submitted.

If you live in a country that is not supported by Stripe Connect and are accepted to the beta of GitHub Sponsors, you will receive an email with instructions to provide your bank information so that you can receive payments via ACH transfer or wire transfer.

  1. In the top right corner of GitHub, click your profile photo, then click Your profile.

    Profile photo

  2. Under your name, click Sponsors dashboard.

    Sponsors dashboard button

  3. Click Stripe Connect account.

    Link to create Stripe Connect account

  4. Follow the prompts to create your account.

Submitting your tax information

For more information about the tax forms you need to complete, see:

  1. In the top right corner of GitHub, click your profile photo, then click Your profile.

    Profile photo

  2. Under your name, click Sponsors dashboard.

    Sponsors dashboard button

  3. In the left sidebar, click Settings.

    Settings tab

  4. Under "Country of residence", use the drop-down menu, and select the country where you reside.

    Country of residence drop-down

  5. Click Save.

  6. In the left sidebar, click Overview.

    Overview tab

  7. Click tax form.

    Link to fill out a tax form

  8. Complete, sign, and submit the tax form.

Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) on your GitHub account

Before you can become a sponsored developer, you must enable 2FA on your GitHub account. For more information, see "Configuring two-factor authentication."

Submitting your application to GitHub for approval

  1. In the top right corner of GitHub, click your profile photo, then click Your profile.

    Profile photo

  2. Under your name, click Sponsors dashboard.

    Sponsors dashboard button

  3. Click Request approval.

    Request approval button

It may take a few days for GitHub to review your application. After we approve your application, your profile will automatically be live on GitHub Sponsors.

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