Drupal Association members fund grants that make connections all over the world.
In 48 hours, we managed to pull in just over $10,000 in mostly small donations from more than 250 generous folks. That's more than 300% of our intended goal -- an incredible feat for the Drupal community!
To maximize the benefit of your donations, we've partnered with the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University (thanks Scott and Corey!), and, in short order, have come up with a fantastic plan for the future infrasturcture of Drupal.org.
Already, we've had countless email exchanges and at least one meeting with the good folks from OSL; their help has been invaluable as we transition to bigger and better hardware and a more stable, staff-supported environment.
We have also decided to use all of the donations to improve Drupal's hardware and hosting infrastructure, rather than divide it up for other purposes. There are a number of reasons for this, but primary among them is opportunity. We've arranged for OSL to handle the purchases for us as part of the comprehensive plan that we'll be unveiling later this week and we think it's an exceptional arrangement for Drupal and OSL (you'll find out why soon enough!). This is a very important relationship for Drupal and one that will have a profound effect on Drupal's ability to scale over time.
Finally, we want to again thank our amazing donors and all the folks who made this possible, including Scott Kveton and Corey Shields from OSL, Steven Peck, Dries Buytaert, Chris Messina, Steven Wittens, Boris Mann and Jonathan Dillon. Thank you all!