GNOME is one of the most important open source projects on the planet. Even if you use an alternative desktop environment, such as KDE or Xfce, you cannot deny that GNOME’s contributions have largely shaped the path of Linux on the desktop for the better. Don’t forget, GNOME is much more than just a DE — many of its apps are essential. That’s probably why someone (or something) recently pledged to donate $1 million to it — GNOME’s existence and success is a must for the Linux community.
Source: GNOME transitions to GitLab