I am curious if we could start an Open Collective for Project Jupyter. It gives a way for people to start funding the projects in a grass roots manner that is a little bit more user friendly than contributing directly to NumFocus. They recently announced an integration with Github Sponsors.
Spyder has had luck with their Open Collective, raising enough money to hire some junior devs to work on the project.
We could either use NumFocus as the fiscal sponsor or if that is too much hassle then just the default “Open Source Collective” (which takes a 5% cut).
Even if we don’t know exactly how the money would get spent currently, it wouldn’t hurt to put it out there and see what the reception is like!