You can sponsor anyone with a sponsored developer profile or sponsored organization profile on behalf of your personal account or an organization. You can choose from multiple sponsorship tiers, with one-time or monthly payment amounts and benefits that are set by the sponsored account. Your sponsorship will share your account’s existing billing date, payment method, and receipt.
GitHub Sponsors does not charge any fees for sponsorships from personal accounts, so 100% of these sponsorships go to the sponsored developer or organization. GitHub Sponsors charges a fee of up to 6% for sponsorships from organization accounts. The 6% fee is split between the following:
- 3% credit card processing fee
- 3% GitHub service processing fee
Organizations can save the 3% credit card processing fee by switching to invoiced billing for sponsorships. For more information, see "Paying for GitHub Sponsors by invoice."
Anyone who contributes to an open source project and lives in a supported region 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 region that isn't already supported by GitHub Sponsors, you can sign up for the waitlist to participate in the beta of GitHub Sponsors. For more information, see "About GitHub Sponsors for open source contributors" and "Setting up GitHub Sponsors for your personal account."
Any organization that contributes to an open source project and legally operates in a supported region is eligible to become a sponsored organization. If your organization operates in a region that isn't already supported by GitHub Sponsors, join the waitlist at GitHub Sponsors. For more information, see "Setting up GitHub Sponsors for your organization."
When you become a sponsored developer or sponsored organization, additional terms for GitHub Sponsors apply. For more information, see "GitHub Sponsors Additional Terms."
Note: Eligibility for the GitHub Sponsors Matching Fund has passed. Applications received after the January 1, 2020 deadline are not eligible for GitHub Sponsors Matching Fund.
The GitHub Sponsors Matching Fund aims to benefit members of the GitHub community who develop open source software that promotes the GitHub Community Guidelines. Payments to sponsored organizations and payments from organizations are not eligible for GitHub Sponsors Matching Fund.
To be eligible for the GitHub Sponsors Matching Fund, you must create a profile that will attract a community that will sustain you for the long term. For more information about creating a strong profile, see "Editing your profile details for GitHub Sponsors."
Donations between sponsored developers will not be matched.
The GitHub Sponsors Matching Fund is a gift designed to encourage community funding of work on open source and is subject to additional terms and conditions. For detailed information about the GitHub Sponsors Matching Fund, see the "GitHub Sponsors Additional Terms."
Anyone in any region can sponsor eligible maintainers, but you must reside in a supported region to receive funds.
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Bosnia & Herzegovina
- Costa Rica
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong SAR
- Macao SAR
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- St. Lucia
- Trinidad & Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
You can share your feedback about GitHub Sponsors with GitHub. To join the conversation, see "Sponsors Feedback."