Pledging for feature requests

I am wondering for a long time:

Why do developers not growdfund for highly demanded features of their product?

Why is there no possibility to pledge for a feature that I need in a plugin?

Some software or plugin developers offer customizations for some extra money. That’s great at least it is possible. I also can hire a developer to implement some features in a plugin that I am using.

But what if this feature would be so useful for many other users?

Example: Here on Github I see some feature requests for plugins with more than 100 people, and the feature request was opend already 2+ years. What if everybody who needs that feature pledges just 10 or 20 $?

This would pay the developer for the time to make the code and everybody’s happy?

Would it be possible to integrate a pledging and crowdfunding feature in Github?

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Hi there,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, comments, and ideas with us!

We’re always working to improve GitHub and the GitHub Community Forum, and we consider every suggestion we receive. I’ve logged your specific feature request in our internal feature request list, however we cannot guarantee a response to every submission.

In the meantime you might want to have a look at GitHub Sponsors. You might be able to reach out to the developers on the projects you found and ask them to consider sponsoring their work in that way: 

https://help.github.com/en/github/supporting-the-open-source-community-with-github-sponsors/about-github-sponsors

I hope this helps. Thank you again for your feedback!