As should be obvious, Clojure is a labor of love on my part. Started as a self-funded sabbatical project, Clojure has come to occupy me far more than full-time. However, Clojure does not have institutional or corporate sponsorship, and was not, and is not, the by-product of another profitable endeavor. I have borne the costs of developing Clojure myself, but 2009 is the last year I, or my family, can bear that.
...Right now, it is economically irrational for me to work on Clojure, yet, I want to continue working on Clojure, and people are clearly deriving benefit from my work. How can we rectify this? Barring the arrival of some white knight, I’m asking the users of Clojure to fund its core development (i.e. my effort) directly, and without being forced to do so.
If you are an individual user of Clojure, I encourage you to contribute $100/year to Clojure development, via the donation system. I hope that, in time, the Clojure community will become large enough that $100/developer/year will be enough to gainfully employ myself, and eventually others, in its development.