GitHub Sponsors has been quite a hype-generator for the software development community. There are thousands of open-source projects that require additional funding. However, a platform capable of uniting potential sponsors together did not exist.
Crowdfunding is something that managed to elevate several industries to new levels. It is quite curious that the industry that helped to create the vast majority of crowdfunding platforms did not get one until recently.
GitHub Sponsors has been in alpha testing mode for quite a while now and allows several hundred developers to find their way to sponsors. Multiple development teams received financial aid to continue working on their projects of passion with some getting an opportunity to turn their passions into a fulltime job.
As of now, the crowdfunding project is online in 30 countries with the prospects of expanding to wider audiences.
The next step is to allow sponsors and developers from all corners of the globe to be a part of the project. Currently, GitHub is not operating in all countries of the world. Nevertheless, they say they want to have a truly global reach.
There is some hope that programs such as this get enough adoption for open-source projects to flourish in a way they haven't been able to before.