Many of you have kindly offered to help support with your hard earned money. It is greatly appreciated.

Whether you want to make a one time donation, or you want to throw some money in the pot each time you install a SME Server, you have several ways to donate (see below)! Of course, there is no obligation to donate! We're still here and we're still going to serve you and the community in the best way we can. Thanks for all of your kind words and thoughts!

Donating by Check
Those of you that wish to send a check, money order or other negotiable instrument may do so by mailing your donation to the following address:

SME Server Inc.
201 Commerce Drive, Suite 1
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Make your check payable to - SME Server Inc.

Online Donations
If you wish to make a donation now, all you have to do is to hit one of the PayPal icons down below and you'll be taken to our donations page over at Paypal... (If demand warrants it in the future, we may establish merchant accounts so that we can accept Visa and Mastercard.) For now we have the following option...

Click on one of the PayPal buttons below to donate money to

If you have any questions about the process or wish to contribute in a recurring manner (ex. - monthly), please contact us at for further information!

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Other Donations
- In limited cases, we would be happy to accept gifts in kind (ex. - server hardware, etc.). Please see our "Community Needs" page to view a list of items that we could use.
- In the event that your finances precludes a monetary donation, we would gladly accept a donation of time! Please review our "Volunteering" page for details on how you can help the community by joining us!

Dear user,
We appreciate your interest in donating money to As you know, provides hosting, completely free-of-charge, to many SME Server software development projects. These projects produce high quality software for you to download and use. To support this service offering we utilize a large amount of bandwidth each month. Despite the costs involved, we continue to provide these services without cost to the Open Source community. Your contribution to will help us to develop and expand.

Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions
This section provides additional information about how donations may be made and how the money will be used. We appreciate your interest in contributing to SME Server Inc./ and want to make this experience one that you will feel good about. Please read the entirety of this page.

How do I donate money to
At the top of this page, you are provided several options for donating money to accepts online donations using PayPal. This process has the following steps:

1. At the top of this page, click on the button above the amount you want to donate. Go to the Donation Page (you are here, now), read the provided instructions and use one of the PayPal buttons at the bottom of the page select the size of the donation you want to make to Buttons are provided for common denominations of US$5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

2. Enter a comment if you want, then click the PayPal Donate button. After clicking on one of the denomination buttons, you will be offered the opportunity to verify that you have picked the desired denomination, and to enter a comment that will be attached to this donation. To proceed, click on the PayPal Donate button.

3. Enter your credit card information (or login to your PayPal) on the PayPal page, then complete your donation. You will be redirected to PayPal where you may complete your donation either by following the provided instructions (you may either login to a PayPal account and make the donation, or enter your credit card information).

4. Track your donations to Once your donation has been submitted, PayPal will email you a receipt. site will recognize your donation within a week. We will also send you an email personally thanking you for your contribution.

Why should I donate money to
Do you use software hosted Do you like the idea of community-developed Open Source software and want to support this type of activity?
By donating money to, you help us to continue to provide a strong service offering to SME Server projects and their end-users. continues to grow at a significant rate, with large numbers of new users joining the site each month. Through your financial contribution, you can help offset the expense of providing services, and fund our plans to expand the site and service offering (including the redesign of a number of existing services to be more feature rich and user-friendly).

I live outside the United States; can I still contribute money to
Yes, since accepts donations by check or through PayPal, we are able to accept contributions from many different countries (including the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, China, United Kingdom, Denmark, and others). PayPal will handle the currency conversion on your behalf. Additional information regarding currency conversion will be provided by PayPal after you have reached step 3 in the donation process.

Is my donation tax-deductible?
To the best of our knowledge, no. In the United States, donations are only tax-deductible when they are made to non-profit organizations that are permitted to provide tax exemptions by the government (such as 501(c)3 charities). SME Server Inc. (which is the non-profit legal entity that owns is in the process of applying for 501(c)3 status. We are not a charity yet (despite the fact that we provide services to SME Server projects free of charge). If you live outside the United States and you believe this donation may be tax-deductible, please consult local tax laws and/or a tax attorney; to the best of our knowledge, donations to are not tax-deductible anywhere in the world.

What do I get for my contribution? Do I get special attention on my support issues or say over what will be implemented next on the site? works hard to provide the free-of-charge services we host. Whether you are a developer on one of these projects, or using software developed on, you are deriving benefit from our efforts. While we provide no specific bonuses for your contribution, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped to support the world's largest SME Server software development site.
We cannot guarantee that as a donor you would a higher level of support than we already provide, but may well take this in to account when processing your request. We accept feature requests from everyone, and do not guarantee a particular schedule for implementation of new features, but similarly we may take in to account features requested by donors.

Are you living only on donations? Where does your money come from? Will go away if I don't donate?
No, we ARE NOT enabling donations to try to "save the site". is hosted by Ruffdogs, Inc. is not in financial trouble, nor is it going away. We are adding this donation feature because is very expensive to operate and we want to add the features and functionality that we know you want. If you like what we are doing for the SME Server community, now you can make a donation and help us out.

I am having a problem using the donation system -- PayPal is not accepting my donation.
We recommend you check the online help provided by PayPal; if your issue persists, contact PayPal for assistance.
When reporting issues to PayPal, please reference: Source:

I have a question about the donation system; where should I direct my question?
Questions, concerns, or site issues related to the donation system may be directed to the team by submitting an email to

A big thank you from all of the community!

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