Open Science Champions
NumFOCUS calls our individual supporters Open Science Champions. There are several ways to champion our mission of making scientific computing more open and accessible. NumFOCUS depends on advocates and volunteers like our Board of Directors and PyData committee members to help us better serve our Sponsored and Affiliated Projects. Our Projects rely on contributors and maintainers in order to develop the open source tools we all use.
Financial support is also vital to the sustainability and growth of our organization. In addition to corporate sponsors, event proceeds, and foundation grants, individual donors provide much-needed resources to our mission of making scientific computing more open and accessible. Donating to a charitable cause is a generous personal choice, and each person has a different capacity to give. NumFOCUS celebrates every donation we receive.
Our goal is to be as transparent as possible about how we use resources donated to NumFOCUS. Below are tiers of annual donation amounts that our supporters contribute to us along with examples of the types of impact that these levels of support help to enable.
Up to $250 annually | Up to $21 monthly
Our Open Foundations level of support includes the majority of donors to NumFOCUS. These donors form the bedrock of our work toward our open source mission. We believe in keeping the opportunity to support NumFOCUS accessible to all.
At this level, hundreds of smaller donations combine to create baseline impact. Most notably, Open Foundations donors help NumFOCUS provide direct funding to our Projects through our Small Development Grants.
Open Foundations Donors
Meltem Eren Copur
John “Terry” Foor
Francisco Giordano Silva
Tau Ming Hew
Bruno Le Hyaric
Alexandre Martins Barros
Dr. Matthew McCormick
German Rafael Mejia Salgado
Andrea Navarrete Rivera
Nicola Nicola Mazzanti
Kyle Niemeyer, Ph.D.
Erfan Noury Qarajalar
Raúl Peralta Lozada
Karthik Marudhachalam Ramasamy
Dr. David Rench McCauley
Boon Jin Tek
Jorick van der Hoeven
Pieter Van der Walt
Jeroen Van Goey
Lisa Yiran Zhu
plus 110 anonymous donors
$250-$499 annually | $21-41 monthly
Our Open Pathways tier represents further commitment to our work. Donors at this level provide crucial infrastructure support to NumFOCUS. This includes things like maintenance of the NumFOCUS and PyData websites and funding for the communications platforms we use to connect with our stakeholders (like Zoom and Slack). Open Pathways donors also enable us to continue cultivating the PyData community through Eventbrite and Meetup.
Open Pathways Donors
Dr. Leland McInnes
Jonathan “Skipper” Seabold
plus 11 anonymous donors
$500-$999 annually | $43-$84 monthly
Open Opportunities donors expand our community-building capacity by enabling greater participation in NumFOCUS events and initiatives. For example, a gift at this level fully funds an event Diversity Scholarship. Open Opportunities donors also help to cover costs for project representatives to attend and collaborate at key organizational events like our annual Project Summit.
Open Opportunities Donors
plus 3 anonymous donors
$1,000-$2,499 annually | $84-$208 monthly
Open Insights donors play a crucial role in enabling us to monitor and evaluate our progress. NumFOCUS works with our Projects, for example, on tracking and outcomes of Small Development Grants to ensure that Projects are achieving results in line with their original proposals. We also gather and evaluate Meetup metrics, Eventbrite data, and survey responses in order to better serve the NumFOCUS ecosystem. This all requires significant resources. Donors at the Open Insights level help provide the necessary infrastructure and staff capacity to keep us accountable to our mission and our stakeholders
Open Insights Donors
Mr. Rex Godby
plus 4 anonymous donors
$2,500-$4,999 | $209-$416 per month
At our Open Innovations tier, donors provide sufficient funding to address higher-level project maintenance costs like essential documentation updates, technical infrastructure upgrades, and paid developer time. Gifts at this level also help to pay for critical professional services to our projects such as legal services and grants management.
Open Innovations Donors
|Wes Turner||plus 1 anonymous donor|
$5,000+ | $417 per month
Open Frontiers represents our highest level of support. These donors offer NumFOCUS the most substantial opportunities for expanding our organizational capacity.
Open Frontiers Donors
|Roy Larson||plus 1 anonymous donor|
Project sponsors provide donations that are designated to specific Sponsored Projects. These funds help a project with a variety of development needs, such as documentation updates, backend infrastructure upgrades, website improvements, and developer travel costs. Project-specific donation forms may be accessed through our Sponsored Projects page.
Project Sponsor Donors
Up to $500
$500 – $3,000
Yann Beaud obo Arcanite
Timothy Bock obo Displayr
The lists above were last updated in January 2022 and reflect supporters who donated in the calendar year 2021.
We would also like to thank our supporters who sponsor us on GitHub!
Special thanks to our Open Science Champions who requested funds from their employers to match their donations or volunteer hours in 2021!
|Dave Bargeron (Microsoft)
Colin Carroll (Google)
Michael Figurnov (Google)
Jacob Frelinger (Google)
|Stefan Hoyer (Google)
Drew Lancaster (Pratt & Whitney)
Roy Larson (EOG Resources)
Sean Law (Charles Schwab)
|Alexander Noll (Google)
Jorick van der Hoeven (Gartner)
plus 3 anonymous Champions
NumFOCUS is a US 501(c)(3) public charity serving a global community. Donations made by individuals, companies, and independent research institutes are generally tax-deductible in the United States.
Please contact us at with questions or if you are interested in providing another type of donation, such as stock, planned giving, an in-kind gift, or a gift from a donor-advised fund (DAF). Project-specific donation forms may be found on our Sponsored Projects page.