# Getting Started
Sponsorship is the easiest and often-most-helpful-to-us way to contribute; just register directly with one of the supported sponsorship platforms below or join The Lando Alliance (opens new window) and start helping Lando!
# How to Sponsor
While you can sponsor directly using any of the below platforms, we recommend you join The Lando Alliance (opens new window) and sponsor through the mechanisms presented there. This way, we can better engage with you in the future.
GitHub Sponsors, Patreon, and Open Collective: all three of these official Lando sponsorship methods are valid but each comes with its own transaction fees and caveats. Broadly speaking, we've adjusted the sponsorship amount to account for transaction fees.
# With GitHub Sponsors (opens new window) (preferred)
GitHub Sponsors (opens new window) is the best way to sponsor Lando for the reasons as follows:
Lowest Sponsorship Amount: GitHub Sponsors doesn't charge a transaction fee right now, so all your sponsorship $$$ helps Lando! 2X Matching: GitHub Sponsors will match all sponsorship dollars up to $5,000 in the first year. Your cash goes further!
The gold standard of sponsoring creatives, Patreon (opens new window) does charge a transactional fee; hence why you'll see sponsorship rates are a little higher there. Rest assured that Lando gets the same amount, but all things being equal, you might want to use GitHub Sponsors instead.
Open Collective (opens new window) has similar drawbacks to Patreon, however, it may allow us to redistribute funds to projects Lando relies upon and other contributors in the future. If you're a devotee to the Open Collective ethos, give here, otherwise, GitHub Sponsors!
# Why Sponsor Lando
Lando is free and open source but freedom isn't free in the land of the brave and home of the Lando. Thousands of man hours have gone into creating Lando and hundreds more are spent each year providing support and maintenance.
By sponsoring Lando with your hard earned American dollars, the Lando team can do the following:
- Fix bugs
- Pay for hosting/bug monitoring
- Develop new features
- Create guides, tutorial, video and improve Lando documentation
- Answer developer questions on Slack (opens new window)
- Allow @pirog (opens new window) to see the light of day
If you'd like to read more about why you should sponsor Lando, we encourage you to check out the posts as follows:
- Why you should sponsor Lando (opens new window)
- Why your agency or org should sponsor Lando (opens new window)
- Why your PaaS or dev tool should sponsor Lando (opens new window)
If you are interested in sponsoring at one of our higher tiers, then definitely contact us (opens new window) so we can figure out the terms of your sponsorship.