Guide to connecting Github Sponsors for Organizations to your Collective
This guide is only for projects using Open Source Collective as their fiscal host. Before signing up using this guide, confirm that your Collective has a fiscal host, and the fiscal host is Open Source Collective. You can see this on your Collective's home page:
If you have another fiscal host you will need to choose Fiscal Host: Other when signing up for GitHub Sponsors and work with your fiscal host to get their bank account and tax information.
Note: Transaction data about the funds you receive through GitHub Sponsors will be shared with Open Source Collective in order to credit your budget.
Open Source Collective projects can use Open Collective to receive GitHub Sponsors funds by following these steps:
Confirm that you have a GitHub organization (not an individual user account). You can create a GitHub organization by following this guide.
Create a Collective for your open source project if you don't already have one. You will need to use Open Source Collective as your fiscal host. Note: Open Collective also has a thing called "Organizations" but this is unrelated. You need an Organization on the GitHub side and a Collective on the Open Collective side.
✔️ Select: "This organization is using a fiscal host" and select Open Source Collective from the menu.
✔️ For non-profit status, answer: “Yes, this organization has nonprofit status but cannot receive tax-deductible donations from individuals (e.g., 501c6)”
Click Join Waitlist. GitHub staff will review your application, and you'll be notified when you can proceed to the next step.
Setting up Stripe Connect
Once your application has been approved by GitHub, you need to connect Open Source Collective's Stripe account by following the below steps.
When you first click on the Stripe Connect account link, you will be taken to a Stripe sign up page.
Country of operation and contact information
You will be asked to select the country where you legally operate from or receive payouts in.
As Open Source Collective is a US entity, select United States.
Enter your own phone number and email, which will be used to verify the account and to send updates.
Verify your phone number
Next, you will be asked to verify the phone number you gave:
Once the phone number is verified, you will start filling out details about the fiscal host, Open Source Collective.
Business details (about Open Source Collective)
This next section is asking questions about the business. As a Collective fiscally hosted by Open Source Collective, you need to enter OSC’s details here.
Legal business name: Open Source Collective
Doing business as: Name of your Collective
Business website: https://opencollective.com/your_collective
If you are asked for an EIN or "commercial registry number", put in OSC's EIN: 82-2037583.
Executive details (about you)
Next, you will be filling out details as the acting executive for the Collective. Use your personal information on this page.
Finally, you will input bank account information. Funds you receive through GitHub go to Open Source Collective’s bank account, so they can credit the money to your Collective’s budget on Open Collective.
Routing number: 123205054
Account Number: 4869374308
After that, you should be all set! ✌️😎
What fees will be charged?
The standard Open Collective and Open Source Collective fees apply to funds raised via GitHub Sponsors: 10%. GitHub does not charge a fee.
Should I create an Organization or a Collective?
Confusingly, GitHub and Open Collective use the word "organization" to mean two different things.
On GitHub, you need to create an Organization to use Sponsors for your project.
On Open Collective, you need to create a Collective for your project (Organizations on Open Collective are a different profile type, for companies who sponsors open source projects, i.e. for paying money out not accepting money).
What if Stripe asks for KYC info?
Sometimes Stripe will ask for extra info as part of their normal security protocols. If this happens, you can provide Open Source Collective's organizational info as described above.
The address for KYC purposes is the same: 340 S LEMON AVE #3717, Walnut CA 91789 USA. If they ask for anything you don't know the answer to, please contact [email protected].