Donating and sponsoring
Donating to FreeCAD
Thanks for your interest in helping the FreeCAD project with donations.
FreeCAD is a fast-growing project, developed by a community of developers and users working mostly on a voluntary basis, motivated mainly by their will to build a great, free 3D parametric modeller. The development of FreeCAD happens mostly because of the energy of all these people, without the need for money.
However, money can help the project to achieve many other goals. It can help some of its developers to work more frequently or more regularly on the project, by paying for their time so they can dedicate more of it to FreeCAD, or it can help the community to send people to CAD-related events, so we can showcase FreeCAD and interest professional users. It can also help to organize events ourselves so community members can meet, pay for server space and web services, and many other things.
There are several ways you can donate money and help the FreeCAD project, being an individual, a company or an institution, depending on your preferences. The money you donate to the FreeCAD project will be received and handled by the FreeCAD Project Association (FPA), a non-profit association created by FreeCAD administrators and core developers. The FPA will redistribute the money it gathers to FreeCAD developers and sponsor itself several projects, efforts and ideas to fuel the development of FreeCAD.
Remember, however: FreeCAD is free, and will always be free. You are not required, and never will be, to donate anything in order to use FreeCAD, neither to modify or distribute it. Your donation will be welcome, and can help a lot, but you will never be required to pay anything to access any of the FreeCAD features.
If you are not sure or not able to commit to a regular donation, but still want to help the project, you can do a one-time donation, of any amount.
Choose freely the amount you wish to donate one time only:
We call sponsoring the act of donating money recurrently to the FreeCAD project. You can do that as an individual or as a company or institution, through different channels or platforms, depending on your preferences.
Sponsoring FreeCAD allows its developers to count on a steady flow of income, so it allows the FPA to plan things ahead, and the FreeCAD developers to invest themselves more seriously into FreeCAD.
To encourage persons and companies to sponsor the FreeCAD project, we have created different sponsoring tiers. When donating regularly to the project, unless you prefer to stay anonymous, your name, company name and/or logo will be featured on this website, depending on the tier you fit into:
- ♥ Normal sponsor: from 1 USD / 1 EUR per month. You will not have your name displayed here, but you will have helped the project a lot anyway. Together, normal sponsors maintain the project on its feet as much as the bigger sponsors.
- 🥉 Bronze sponsor: from 25 USD / 25 EUR per month. Your name or company name is displayed on this page.
- 🥈 Silver sponsor: from 100 USD / 100 EUR per month. Your name or company name is displayed on this page, with a link to your website, and a one-line description text.
- 🥇 Gold sponsor: from 200 USD / 200 EUR per month. Your name or company name and logo displayed on this page, with a link to your website and a custom description text. Companies that have helped FreeCAD early on also appear under Gold sponsors.
Instead of donating each month, you might find it more comfortable to make a one-time donation that, when divided by twelve, would give you right to enter a sponsoring tier. Don't hesitate to do so!
Choose freely the amount you wish to donate each month:
Please inform your forum name or twitter handle as a note in your transfer, or reach to us, so we can give you proper credits!