In January, Mastodon received a $70,000 grant from Samsung NEXT over the transparent crowdfunding platform OpenCollective–that is, OpenCollective is the entity that holds the grant, anyone can request a payout by submitting an expense receipt or an invoice, and I get to decide whether that request will be fulfilled, with all such transactions being viewable by everyone. The purpose of the grant is attracting more developers and other outside help to Mastodon. Whoever contributes to Mastodon with code or translations can get compensated for their time. My own wage, as well as mastodon.social operating costs, remain dependent on this Patreon.
I hadn’t heard of OpenCollective but it looks very interesting. And it makes it easy to see how money is spent within a project, which is always a good thing.
Mastodon 2.8.0 preview (and other things) | Gargron on Patreon