/ Carolyn Hulsey
July of this year was the first time that Bokeh has had a time-bound, focused fund drive, and we were impressed by the show of support: we exceeded our initial funding goal by 20%! While our code contributors have always been essential to maintaining and growing the scope and applications of the Bokeh project, the support of our users in other ways is also fundamental in driving Bokeh’s future success.
The Bokeh project has grown significantly in the last year, and some of that has meant incurring some operational costs. The funds raised will go directly to hosting costs for our documentation, demo sites, and the CDN for BokehJS, all platforms for helping our users research and discover ways to create beautiful data representations.
We received support from individuals, several who have shared some amazing visualizations using our libraries; check out the ongoing “30 Days of Bokeh” challenges on Twitter! The success of our fundraiser is a direct result of our community of data scientists, data engineers, and data communicators of all types showing their support. Thank you!
We also started a corporate sponsorship program, in which companies can support the ongoing development of Bokeh with tiered donation levels:
Bronze: $500 per year
Silver: $1,000 per year
Gold: $2,500 per year
Companies interested in becoming a Bokeh sponsor can email firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation.
Here is our inaugural list of wonderful, much-appreciated corporate sponsors for 2019:
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We learned a lot about how to run a fundraiser with this first event, and we look forward to future successes. If you’d like to become a sustaining supporter of the Bokeh project, the donation form is still accessible! Other ways to contribute to the project include:
Thanks again for your support, Bokeh community– happy plotting!