Because everyone gives in a different way, and because it’s incredibly difficult to value one contribution over another, we approximate all contributions by time spent for the past rolling 12 month period (1). Consistent with our established levels of giving (Supporting, Empowering and Sustaining), CiviCRM will recognize contributors at the following levels:
Supporting - awarded after contributing ~ 40+ person hours in a given year
Empowering - awarded after contributing ~ 120+ person hours in a given year
Sustaining - awarded after contributing ~ 240+ person hours in a given year
We truly value contributors and the effort they provide, and want to provide some benefit and recognition for contributions. Contributions may be credited to an organization, however all benefits are awarded on an individual basis. Contributors that achieve a minimum level of ‘supporting’ will be offered the following benefits:
We rely not only on contributions to CiviCRM, but also on your commitment to communicating the work you've done. This helps us reward and recognize your efforts appropriately. Use the contribution log to communicate your efforts for CiviCRM. Thank you!
What is and isn't a "contribution"
In general, contributions represent work performed for the good of the overall project. This can include a broad range of things from coding to documentation to marketing to managing an event. Where any of these are done for the primary purpose of benefitting you or your business, then they cease to be considered contributions. Some examples:
If you run a CiviCamp, that's a contribution. If you run an event where attendees pay your company, that's not a contribution.
If you write a cool extension and release it, that's a contribution. If you write an extension but use it only on your clients, that's not a contribution.
If you host a CiviCRM 101 webinar, that's a contribution. If you respond to an RFP and include info on what CiviCRM is, that's not a contribution.
When and how to record contributions
There's no set "way" to record contributions. At the same time, we're not tracking them down to the minute. We encourage you to approximate your effort in a fair manner, to provide some summary of the work, but to not break yourself in the process of reporting contributions. In general:
Contributions within the past 12 months are captured in the calculation, so those that are older will be excluded. We recommend capturing them at set intervals, like monthly, so as to avoid big spikes that might cause you to fall off/on the list periodically.
Contributions should be captured around the time in which the work was accomplished.
Contributions should be reviewed against other similar contributions from others and may be adjusted.
Thank you, community!
CiviCRM wouldn't be where it is today without the amazing contributions of many different people and organisations around the world. It is an amazing collaborative effort and we want to thank everyone that has participated so far. Thank you!
(1) We value all contributions and recognize that all have had an impact on where CiviCRM is today. Having said that, for the purposes of recognizing current contributors, we must apply some metric to demonstrate current commitment levels. For this reason, we have chosen to value contributions with the past rolling 12 months.