Quick Start Guide

You've got a Collective—awesome! Now what?

Once you have a Collective, you can start submitting expenses, edit your page content, and create events for your community right away.

In order to receive money or pay out expenses, you need a Fiscal Host or you need to be set up as an independent collective.

Whether you have a Fiscal Host yet or not, here are some steps you can take to get your Collective started.

1. Make your Collective your own

Update your images and main color and add about info. Here's how.

2. Add Core Contributors

If you have collaborators on your project who can help you manage your page and approve expenses add them as Core Contributors. Here's how.

3. Add Financial Contributors to your GitHub and website

Check the many ways you can export your data on Data Export and our diversity of Buttons & Banners.

4. Start tracking expenses

Submit expenses through your Collective, so others can see where money will be spent (even if you don't have any yet). This builds trust with potential supporters.

5. Spread the word

You can connect your Twitter account to your collective and automatically thank your backers. Here's how.

6. Launch!

Write a blog post, tell people the vision, and explain why you are raising money. For more detailed ideas about helping your Collective launch well, check out Ten Steps to Successful Open Source Crowdfunding.

If you need help, join our community on Discord or contact us.

Welcome aboard!

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