Supporting Open Source Communities During COVID-19

At Pantheon, we work every day to make the open web a first-class platform—it’s our overaching goal and founding mission. We have always contributed to the open-source communities that our platform supports, whether that’s through funding scholarships for under-represented WordPress folks, mentoring at Drupal events, or directly contributing code to the projects we love and rely on.

During large-scale economic downturns, open source often sees great growth in adoption. At a time when Drupal is powering important COVID-19 relief efforts, the Drupal Association, a critical part of the Drupal community, finds itself at risk. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Drupal Association (DA) is anticipating a major shortfall in 2020. I’ll let you read the details directly from them.  As a community, we must come together to support this essential organization in the Drupal community. The DA is responsible for fundamental project infrastructure, including: 

  • Drupal.org, where we work together to create and sustain the codebase of the project

  • DrupalCon, the largest gathering for our community (and my favorite tech event, period!)

  • Various grants and scholarships provided to Drupal users and makers around the world

That last bullet point covers a wide variety of activities: The next generation of Drupal contributors and users needs support, and the DA had planned a number of exciting initiatives to reach out to historically underserved communities. Those programs and many others are now at risk as the DA works to make up the shortfall caused by rescheduling, cancelling, or postponing DrupalCon Minneapolis. The DA needs our help now to create a more diverse and equitable Drupal community. 

The Drupal Association launched a new fundraising campaign: #DrupalCares. This campaign aims to raise $500,000 to sustain the DA during this crisis. We’ve committed our sponsorship dollars to the cause, no matter what happens with DrupalCon, and we ask our community to join us in this effort.

If you use Drupal in your day-to-day life, make a donation to the Drupal Association today. And, if you do so before April 30, Dries is matching individual donations up to $100,000—doubling your impact. Acquia is also donating, and has commited to buying advertising on Drupal to highlight top partners. Existing DrupalCon sponsors can help by committing their sponsorship no matter what happens with DrupalCon Minneapolis. Organizations and individuals can become members of the Drupal Association, or make one-time donations. 

The Drupal project has faced financial challenges before,and I believe, with a little community spirit, we can come out of this crisis with a stronger open web. Remembering, a stronger open web benefits us all.

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