In the interest of transparency, I will be keeping a public record of the donations. We currently have enough money pledged to cover the site's expenses ($10 per month, $120 total a year, plus annual $8 domain renewal fees).
May 2017: $14
June 2017: $14
July 2017: $14
Total contributions: $42
One idea for this patreon account is to create a "slush fund" for Fire Emblem Universe. Any surplus of funds would be invested in our community. I've discussed this concept on our discord channel. The more support we have, the more liberty we would have to do cool shit. Some of the ideas that has surfaced are:
- Using the surplus to fund actual prizes for contests
- Using the surplus to fund open source assets like sprites, animations, and assembly hacks
- Donating the funds back to FEUniverse members who develop open source content
- Donating to the people who assist with putting together FEU Direct
Although the site fees are already covered thanks to the generous backing of the few people who have pledged their support, I genuinely believe that we could do a lot of good with surplus funds. If every person on our FEU discord server committed a meager $1 per month, we would have over $200 a month to invest back into our community. If our pledges were to reach a substantial dollar amount, I believe that the formation of an appropriations committee would be the sensible thing to do.
If you have any ideas on how we could use patreon funding to improve our community, I'm all ears!