A new company was officially formed as Manjaro GmbH & Co. KG, with Manjaro developers Philip Müller and Bernhard Landauer now being able to commit to the Linux distribution full time with the help of Blue Systems in an advisory role. On top of that, they're working towards teaming up with the non-profit groups CommunityBridge and OpenCollective to handle their donation funding which can then be used towards project-related expenses.
They say this will help them do quite a lot like: protect the independence of Manjaro, provide faster security updates and a more efficient reaction to the needs of users, provide the means to act as a company on a professional level, bring in additional contributors on a paid basis and so on.
Something they made pretty clear, is that the way it's run overall won't be changing. So they will continue to interact with the community, take on suggestions and all that. This is all just formal stuff to get them on secured footing for the future. It will help them to partner with other companies of course, since they're now actually a company themselves. You can see their full post about the news on their forum.
I think it's fantastic when a project made from passion can become something serious like this. It reminds me of how we here at GamingOnLinux started off as nothing more than a little weekend project and now we're here full time.
Can't wait to see what Manjaro can achieve now, good luck to them on it.