Hi everyone - now that we're into the new year (and we seem to have weathered the Twitter storm re: the security hoax) I wanted to draw your attention to ...
##The importance of sponsoring Plone
Yes, it's that kind of fun announcement
We're asking for your donation. Please open your heart and your e-wallet and keep making Plone great!
The Plone Foundation is a US non-profit that, among other things, funds sprints to keep moving Plone forward, pays for the marketing we can afford (PyCon, EuroPython, other Python events around the world), pays for Plone's trademarks and legal protections, pays a nominal stipend to our esteemed release manager and our communications team lead (yours truly), etc.
The only source of income for the Plone Foundation is donations and sponsorships. THIS MEANS YOU!
#e.g. Support our hardworking security team (among other things)
The Plone Security Team has a heavy burden to ensure, as best as possible, that Plone remains secure. The security team proactively audits code, investigates vulnerability reports, and, as we recently showed, debunks hoaxes. We all look good thanks in large part to the efforts of the security team.
The security team needs funding help. Please show your support for these valiant spirits by opening your e-wallet!
The security team would like to organize a sprint, and for that it needs your donation.
Every organization or company using Plone values its baked in security and the effort that goes into ensuring it, whether it's better processes (including our continuous integration and testing), more time for code audits, or time to develop better tools. Did I mention pizza?
If every organization or company using Plone donated $100 we would be ecstatic!
You can donate directly at https://plone.org/foundation/donors/sponsorship-payments or read more about the different kinds of sponsorships at https://plone.org/sponsors
##Benefits to Sponsors
Briefly, beyond the Foundation's and community's undying gratitude, here are the other things sponsors and donors get when they donate:
- consultants and service providers get listed on https://plone.com/providers for a teeny nominal fee
- standard sponsors (a bit more money) get listed higher up on https://plone.com/providers and get listed on https://plone.org/sponsors
- premium sponsors (a bit more money) get listed at the top of https://plone.com/providers, on the front page of https://plone.org, on the front page of https://plone.com, and at the top of https://plone.org/sponsors
- individual donors (our heroes) get listed on https://plone.org/sponsors