Open Collective is an online funding platform for open and transparent communities. We provide the tools to raise and share your finances in full transparency.
This is the place to find all help and documentation related to Open Collective. It's a work in progress, so please feel free to give us feedback!
To suggest changes, click the GitHub icon on any docs page and make a pull request. If you're not sure how to do that, read our step-by-step guide.
Read our Terminology page to know more about all key members of our community:
Use the search bar on the top right to search for specific words or phrases:
Want to know more about Open Collective? Read our About section:
Interested in reading more about Open Collective's features? Go to our Product section:
Are you looking for information on how to start or maintain a Collective? Head to our Collectives section:
Would you like to financially contribute to Collective as an Individual or an Organization? Read our Financial Contributors section:
Do you want to know more about how to get paid in our platform? Check out Expenses & Getting Paid section:
Thinking about hosting Collectives? Go to our Fiscal Hosts section:
See links for more details. Each chapter heading in the docs has its own more specific FAQ.
An Open Collective is a place for communities to collect and disburse money transparently.
Open Collective is different. It's fully transparent (you can see where money comes from and where it goes), and designed for ongoing communities, not individual creators or one-off campaigns.
People can contribute from anywhere by credit card, with donations denominated in the currency of the Fiscal Host. Payouts work everywhere our payment providers, Stripe and PayPal, serve.
Yes! One main purpose of Open Collective is to provide unincorporated projects the legal and financial structures to provide people receipts and invoices.
You've come to the right place! These docs explain the whole platform in detail.
We are an open source project and run as an Open Collective ourselves. You can contribute money, code or translations. And we'd really love it if you started your own Collective and contributed by growing the community!
For more info about how you can contribute to Open Collective, check the contributing page.