Blender Market writes:
It's Giving Month at Blender Market! This month, we are hosting a donation drive from July 6 to July 31 to benefit the Blender Foundation. While a portion of product proceeds normally go to the Blender Development Fund ($120k and counting!), this month we're aiming to donate an even higher share of sales than usual.
Creators who take part in the event will be donating a full 10% (or more) of their product earnings to the Blender Development Fund.
Where does the 10% go?
Each donation will help Blender hire new developers and designers who will work on improving Blender.
But Giving Month doesn't just benefit the Blender Foundation—all who use Blender or products made with Blender will benefit from software developments made possible by the Foundation's ability to hire more people.
How can you participate?
As a Blender user, you can shop products that participate in Giving Month. Every purchase you make directly benefits Blender.
To see all the products that benefit the Blender Foundation, click here.
This is a good idea. I have hopes of getting a computer and embarking on learning Blender.
During the many months of thinking about starting this project I have thought of some marketing scheme such as people would pay certain amounts and then be able to download certain products. Vendors who participate would get a cut of the collected pot, if that is needed to get them to participate, The amount they get would based upon the total amount that contributors make to which ever plan they select.
What and how many different items that they can download would be dependent upon their contribution and which plan. Maybe the amounts could be something like $500, $1,000 and etc.. Participants would have a period, say a few months, or a year, to download whatever they are entitled to get.
Another spin on this is that for a certain donation amount the participants can get big discounts (based upon their donations) instead of being able to download products for free.
In addition to this you might reach out to commercial software companies to participate in this project, offering big discounts. Maybe on the previous edition of the software (with an offer of a good discount to upgrade).