Put Better Tools In Your Toolbox

Companies rely on robust tools to build the best apps possible, but the volunteers who maintain those critical Ruby tools and infrastructure can't keep up in their free time. All too often, individual companies end up paying full-time engineers to privately work around issues shared by the entire Ruby community.

Ruby Together offers a better way.

Development teams should never have to sit idle because of problems that could be prevented by maintenance. Sometimes, the work that couldn't be done culminates in a disaster, like going down for days.

Companies shouldn't have to pay full-time developers to work on private solutions to public issues. Ruby Together provides a model where companies can spend more time building great apps, instead of spending time on the tools that make those apps possible.

Support Ruby Together's work!

When you support Ruby Together, you get:

Our team has a proven track record of delivering year-over-year improvements to Ruby's public infrastructure. With funding, we'll transform the tools you use so that they work for you. Like tools should.

Ruby Member

$5000 per month

Meet with the Ruby Together team about your infrastructure needs

Two annual guest blog posts from the Ruby Together team

Twice-monthly status reports with more detail

Become a Ruby Member!

Sapphire Member

$2000 per month

Logo on conference talk slides thanking members

One annual guest blog post from the Ruby Together team

Customized thank you tweet each month by @rubytogether

Become a Sapphire Member!

Emerald Member

$800 per month

Prominent position in the Ruby Together member list

Recognition as new member in Ruby Together blog post

Thank you tweet from @rubytogether

Become an Emerald Member!

Topaz Member

$200 per month

Annual vote on Ruby Together board members

Monthly newsletter with progress updates

Invitation to members-only Slack team for group chat

Become a Topaz Member!

Jade Member

$100 per month

Vote on board members,
get progress updates,
and join the members Slack

Become a Jade Member!

Onyx Member

$50 per month

Vote on board members,
get progress updates,
and join the members Slack

Become an Onyx Member!

Ruby Together is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association, which makes membership dues tax deductible. (Check with your accountant to be sure, though.)


Who is Ruby Together paying?

Expert Ruby developers that the community knows and trusts, with a years-long track record of improving these tools. Our entire team is listed on the team page.

How will my money be spent?

As a member, you'll vote directors on to the Ruby Together board of directors every year. The board members you vote for will decide which projects to fund. Our current projects are listed on the roadmap.

How will we know what's happened with the money?

We're completely open about the projects that we're working on, and the progress that we've made so far. Unlike other fundraisers, we take funds and post public updates every single month. If at any time you don't think our work is worth your money, you can stop supporting it. Easy peasy.

Why do you limit how much I can give?

Ruby Together deliberately spreads the costs across many companies so that a single company’s actions can't bring an end to work on the tools everyone shares. If a company decides to stop funding our work, we remain financially solvent and can continue our development work without interruption.

Why not hire an internal tools developer?

You could, but it’s less expensive to outsource your Ruby tool problems to Ruby Together and let us pay expert developers to fix them for everyone. We estimate that if you give $10K each year, you’ll get a 15x ROI (the estimated cost of a full-time developer if you hired your own to work on tooling).

What about Ruby Central?

Ruby Together and Ruby Central work together to support the Ruby community via the RubyGems partnership. In summary, Ruby Central covers infrastructure costs, and Ruby Together funds ongoing development and maintenance.

Are contributions tax deductible?

Yes, membership dues should be tax deductible as long as you use Ruby as part of your business. Check with your accountant to be sure, and let them know that Ruby Together is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association.

How do I update my credit card?

When you signed up, we sent you an email with the subject line "Welcome to Ruby Together!". Inside that email is a link with the text "manage your membership". By following that link, you can update your name, email address, and credit card information. If you've lost that link, email us and we'll send you a new one.

What about conflicts of interest?

When Ruby Together was created, the board established a Conflict of Interest Policy. Anyone who is paid by Ruby Together is not permitted to participate in discussions or votes about their own work, or their own pay. Those decisions are made exclusively by the other six board members, in accordance with the conflict of interest policy.

To further mitigate any conflicts, Ruby Together not only publishes its budget yearly like any non-profit, it also publishes its entire budget monthly, so everyone can see how much money was raised, and where that money is going.

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