UPDATE 21 March 2015: I cancelled the chook raffle in favour of a bigger better crowdfunding initiative by the whole board of the DrupalAssocation. We are using crowdrise.
And in honour of the humble chookraffle - Everyone who donates over $100 via my page still wins a customised digital chicken badge with their name on it!
The Drupal Association board approved a new initiative to help get Drupal 8 done. It's called the D8 Accelerate fund. We also agreed to personally help do fundraising to support the program. So I'm running a chook raffle. For those of you who don't know what that is, Wikipedia gives a decent introduction.
The Drupal Association is working with the Drupal 8 branch maintainers to provide Drupal 8 Acceleration Grants. The goal is to fund work that will positively impact the release date. Drupal 8 has had over 2,400 contributors to date, which is more than any release so far. We hope that this initiative will encourage even more people to join the effort to get D8 done.