My reasons for contributing…
I agree with what has been said (above) about Haskell. Additionally I think it is generally an amazing product of engineering…especially that it runs as fast as it does while being as high level as it is. To me Haskell seems elegant and beautiful. I love type signatures and the simplicity of pure functions! Haskell feels like it is built on a solid foundation. I admire, and I’m humbled by the wonderful people who have made Haskell what it is. I want to see Haskell and it’s community thrive and succeed.
I support the Haskell Foundation in the hope it will essentially provide high level management (in a friendly, coordinating, supportive, facilitating sense of the word “management”). I hope that it strengthens and energizes the community. I hope that it will attract funding and use the money to move Haskell forward by financing arduous tasks that would otherwise not be done, or would not be done as effectively.
I want to be able to commit to using Haskell and be confident that I can count on a thriving, healthy ecosystem going into the future.
I’m excited about a “virtuous cycle” of applying donations to make Haskell a better tool, so it’s used by more people, so a larger community is there to fund further improvements…
I hope individual donors like me will together contribute over $600 000 a year. The Haskell Foundation is in its first year, and as I write this we have hundreds of thousands of dollars contributed by corporations but we’ve had less than 20 non-corporate donors. People may think that a donation of $5 or $10 a month won’t make a big difference in the face of the large corporate donations which the Foundation is already getting, but if we had 5000 donors averaging just $10 dollars a month that would be $600 000 per year more to support Haskell! That money could do a lot of good! I think of the corporate funds that have already been raised as handsomely covering the overhead/expenses of the foundation and any further contributions can now be efficiently directed to make improvements that benefit the community!
I know the Foundation is new, but I want to give it a chance in terms of time and money. My sense is that it has found good people and is off to a great start!