Open Source Collective is a nonprofit working for the common interests of those who create and use open-source software, bringing open source philosophy and values to financial management. As a nonprofit fiscal host (a.k.a. fiscal sponsor or foundation), we provide financial and legal infrastructure for thousands of open source projects. We’re the ‘API' between the world of open source communities and the world of accounting and invoices.
As a nonprofit fiscal host (a.k.a. fiscal sponsor or foundation), we provide the financial and legal infrastructure for thousands of open source projects. We’re the ‘API' between the world of open source communities and the world of accounting and invoices.
For Open Source Communities
How we Think
As a nonprofit fiscal host (a.k.a. fiscal sponsor or foundation), we provide the financial and legal infrastructure for thousands of open source projects. For Maintainers
People are more important than code
Open source software is a byproduct of active communities working toward a common goal. We prioritize the needs of people first.
One size does not fit all
Open Source Collective does not impose a structure, a process or a statute on you and your community.
Strength lies in community
That said, we do believe that strength comes from broad and diverse community-centered approaches. We encourage members to think about distributing their responsibilities and building communities.
Manage all your open source support in a single place, with Open Source Collective acting as a single ‘supplier’ to your organization
Support projects instantly on a one-time or recurring basis using a credit card, PayPal, or electronic bank transfer
Hold funds with us to cover your contributions throughout the year
Issue gift cards to your staff, which they can then use to contribute on behalf of your organization
Solving problems together
We believe that we can address many of the problems we face by working together. Where possible we try to solve problems from within and we try to benefit all members in our approaches.
What we offer
Open source, but for money
We believe that money can complement other incentives to contribute to open source software.
We believe that by adopting the practices we use in open software development to financial management we gain the same benefits and incorporate the same values.
We take care of invoices, bank transfers, tax filings, contracts, and legal issues, helping you to focus on the work you love to do rather than the work you have to do.
Whether you lead an open source project or a team looking to sponsor projects, we offer a range of flexible ways to manage your money. We can work with and alongside other foundations, charities and organisations to give you more freedom in how you choose to manage your projects.
Representation and unity
With over 3,000 registered projects we are one of the largest fiscal host organizations in the world. We are here to represent you, your community and the broader ‘open source’ movement in the conversations that impact us and our work.
Networking, development and peer support
We provide forums to learn from one another, to help one another, and to work to solve the challenges that our community faces. We do this through events, forums, debate, and mentorship programs.
We continue to experiment with ways and reasons to contribute to open source projects, partner with individuals and organisations to build capacity and develop skills within projects, and work with institutions to bring the benefits of open source to less-privileged communities.
Who we're for
We take care of all the accounting, taxes, invoices, and administration. You decide where the money gets spent, then we make it happen. Through us you can:
Manage your open source project’s funds transparently
Receive financial contributions by credit card, PayPal, electronic bank transfer, or crypto (beta)
Receive funds through GitHub Sponsors
Receive funds from corporate supporters (we’re registered as a supplier to many corporate sponsors)
Register trademarks, sign contracts and legal agreements, and apply for grants
Pay yourself, your team, contractors, vendors, and suppliers
Taking an ecosystem-wide approach to supporting open source software
Enabling projects to use their money as well as raise it
Make financially contributing to open source not only a good business decision, but an easy one
We continue to iterate on our strategy, and we welcome feedback on our work, see contact details below.