Jacob Rockowitz: How should we encourage organizations to sponsor the Webform module’s Open Collective?

In January 2021, I started writing about my work situation. As that aspect of my life (and my blog) evolved, I gradually started focusing on improving the sustainability of the Webform module for Drupal. Last month, I began expensing the Webform module’s maintenance to the Webform module’s Open Collective. Getting compensated for my time has been a great experience, and I am very grateful to the backers of the Webform module’s Open Collective.

To my delight, with each blog post, more and more individuals and some organizations are becoming backers of the Webform module’s Open Collective. Why individuals would want to help support the Webform module makes perfect sense to me. Individuals generally have some immediate understanding of the benefits of the Webform module or the challenge of maintaining an open source project or contribution. This is why I back Drupal’s Simplytest.me, Drupal Recording Initiative, and the Gin Admin Theme collectives. One of the patterns I’ve noticed in the open source community, the Drupal community, and in Open Collectives is that individuals tend to understand and appreciate both the inherent value of open source and the need to contribute. Alternatively, organizations don’t always see the value and need of helping, contributing to, and supporting the open source software they use to build and maintain their businesses.

Why do we need to get more organizations involved?

To my mind, it’s crucial to get more organizations involved for two reasons: First, organizations generally gain more financial resources from open source, either using it for their business or offering it as a service to their clients…Read More

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