Donations are an SBC feature that lets you donate real money to the site to help support it. Main page can be found here.
They were first released on September 18th, 2011, though they weren't very active at first. Then, they got an upgrade on November 6th, 2011, with a full-fledged Donors group and Donors rank with special features. One notable donation around this time was SpongeOddFan's donation of $100 (even though it did not go through due to issues). They were then temporarily disabled in December 2011.
They had a brief return for phpBB3, where users could donate to the site to help plan for Orca.
They returned again for Orca 8.1 on August 19th, 2012, with some new features, such as Donation Goals, and support for foreign currencies. They are also famous for giving users glowing names for donating.
If you donate, here are some rewards:
-$5: 30 days of glowing name and 1,000d
-$10: 3 months of glowing name and 1,000d
-$15: 1 year of glowing name and 1,000d
-$25+: 1 year of glowing and 5,000d
With their return to Orca came Donation Goals. Here is a list of goals and how much was donated so far:
1. New Server (ran from August 11th, 2012 to August 25th, 2012): If we get enough funds, we'll get a new server. If we get a new server, new features will come your way! Goal: $50, Received: $40
2. Octerror Fest 2012 (ran from September 15th, 2012 to October 1st, 2012): Support Octerror Fest 2012 by donating $5 or more and help make this the best Octerror Fest ever! Goal: $20, Received: $5