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Plover, The Open Source Steno Program
Donating to the Plover Project

For the first few years of Plover's development, it was financed by donated money from Plover users (including from Mirabai Knight, the founder of the project), which went to Plover's co-founder and original developer, Josh Lifton, working at a steep discount from his normal freelance rates. Plover's current lead developer, Theodore Morin, generously volunteers his time to Plover and doesn't take any donated money, so now instead of using donations to fund development directly, we're using it to promote Plover in other ways. We've used some of the money from donations to buy stock for The Plover Store, whose profits will go back into the Plover development pool. We used some funds to begin the development of Steno Arcade, the free steno tutorial arcade game (now available for download on Steam Early Access!), and are currently crowdfunding the rest in collaboration with For All To Play. Mirabai Knight takes no money from Plover donations.

Current funds in Plover's account:

$2,503 from donations
$2,201 from Plover Store sales
= $4,704 to put towards development of Steno Arcade

-$3,000: paid to For All to Play to fund Steno Hero demo and Steno Arcade crowdfunding campaign.

$1,704 held in reserve against future need.

Donations of money can be sent through PayPal:

Donations of code, documentation, artwork, and signal boosting are also very welcome. We're also looking for ideas on revenue-raising merchandise such as various objects emblazoned with the Plover logo. Very soon we'll be launching the campaign to raise funds for Steno Arcade. Stay tuned!

If you want to help, see the Open Steno Project Github for information on known bugs and feature requests, or join the Google Group to talk about the current state of Plover development with its users and devs.