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We said :

I do want to thank Mr. Foulen and Mr. Felten who contribute for server hosting .

or

I do want to thank Mr. Foulen and Mr. Felten who contribute to server hosting .

or

I do want to thank Mr. Foulen and Mr. Felten who contribute on server hosting .

or

I do want to thank Mr. Foulen and Mr. Felten who contribute in server hosting .

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    I think you need to tell us what you intend it to mean. Do they (partially or entirely) supply the hosting itself? Or do they supply financial or other assistance towards the hosting? Or do they contribute (ideas, for example) in the area of server hosting? Any of your 4 sentences could be ok, as could leaving the preposition out ("contribute server hosting") if they supply the hosting itself. – Rupe Jun 10 '14 at 12:29
  • Another option is "contribute towards". – Jorge Barrios Jul 23 '19 at 0:35
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I do want to thank Mr. Foulen and Mr. Felten who contribute server hosting.

The server hosting is what Messrs Foulen and Felten contribute, so there is no preposition; it is the object of the verb.

In doing so, they are contributing to the project, and also contributing to the beneficiaries.

Unless they were offering an opinion, in which case they did indeed contribute on server hosting, though it would be clearer as "who contribute on the topic of server hosting".

Quite likely all of this would be better in the simple past (contributed rather than contribute) even if their contribution is ongoing.

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  • What is this great answer ?.ohhhh ! thank you 100..0 times . Congrats! – Abdennour TOUMI Jun 10 '14 at 12:55
  • I think "to something" is implied in all these cases, so the correct preposition is "to", but might be left out if what is being contributed to is implied. e.g. "they contributed (to the project) by providing server hosting" – Wodin Jul 13 '16 at 10:35
  • No, because you're adding a new object there so you've a different object so you're talking about how to is the correct preposition in completely different sentences. – Jon Hanna Jul 13 '16 at 11:18

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