Jacob Rockowitz: Supporting the Drupal Association in their time of need and uncertainty

During the past three years, while building and maintaining the Webform module for Drupal 8, I recognized the need for Drupal and Open Source to be more sustainable. Along the way, I experimented and pushed people to get more involved in sustaining Drupal’s software and community. The Drupal Association provides the infrastructure that our collaborative code sits on and the event, DrupalCon brings us together. Within the Webform module’s user experience, I have nudged people to join the Drupal Association. Anyone installing the Webform module sees the below banner.

One of my Open Source sustainability experiments led me to start an Open Collective for the Webform. Open Collective is a platform for global collaborations to collect and distribute funds transparently. Last year, I used the Webform module’s Open Collective funds to have a logo designed and printed on t-shirts. Otherwise, I have struggled with deciding how to spend the collected funds.

Over the past year, the Webform module’s Open Collective has received over $4000 dollars. I have spent 100’s of hours working on the Webform module, and I would be entitled to use the collected funds to help compensate me for my time.

I have continually stated that I am not contributing my time and passion to Open Source to make money. For me, contributing to Drupal helps me build my resume and professional experience. My primary source of income comes from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in NYC. MSKCC values my contribution to Open Source and occasionally sponsors a feature, including support for webform variants. During the current crisis, MSK has been…Read More