First, a promise: this game will always be free.
LK has no interest in making a profit with CCY17. Still, he is a starving college student, and he finds himself in a position wherein he must fork over a boatload of cash to pay for the top-tier character art being provided by Sixten.
Because he is in this situation, he is accepting donations to help fund Sixten's work. He has posted a detailed explanation of his reasoning on notdotq, in the case that his reasoning might come under scrutiny.
If you would like to contribute, donate whatever amount you like to email@example.com via Paypal.
So far: $240 / $300+
Donations are anonymous unless otherwise specified.