In the past, donations were nice to have, but not critical to our operation. As you likely already know, RackSpace is ending our free hosting. While all of the PrimeGrid admins volunteer their effort, equipment, and electricity, as do all of its members, PrimeGrid needs to find and afford a home.
In choosing a path forward, we have considered both current and ongoing costs, as well as maintaining quality of service at the levels to which we've become accustomed. In doing so, the best option for PrimeGrid is to purchase servers and house them at a paid colocation service.
Moving forward, PrimeGrid needs to cover the 3,500 euro cost of the initial hardware purchase, and then needs to start covering the costs of colocation. Ultimately, we will need to plan for hardware lifecycle as well. We are quite appreciative of the donations we have received towards this effort, and you can see our progress here: https://www.primegrid.com/donations.php where it quickly becomes evident that we still have a ways to go.
Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help keep PrimeGrid strong and viable in the years ahead. We have done a lot of great work here, and hope to ensure its continued success.