Financial Contributors FAQ
If you get value out of what a project produces or stands for, support them to maintain and grow it. You can also get recognition by appearing on their page as a financial contributor.
Go to the Collective page of the project you want to support. Select a contribution tier and set up a recurring or one-time donation.
Open Collective does not charge fees directly to Collectives. The platform is supported by voluntary payments added to contributions at checkout called "Platform Tips". Tips enable us to keep building and improving the software that powers it all.
Join Alanna as she runs through the simplified and detailed contribution money flow
You can usually pay by credit card through a Collective's page. Some Fiscal Hosts enable payments via bank transfer, Paypal, or other means for their Collectives, in addition to or instead of credit card payments. When you go through the contribution flow, you'll see all the available payment methods for that Collective.
To leave a message with your contribution navigate to the Our Contributors section of the Collectives page and find your Name.
Click on 'Leave a public message (optional)' and write your message.
The Open Source Collective 501(c)(6) is a non-profit that serves as fiscal host to most open source software projects on Open Collective. Unfortunately, the IRS does not consider producing open source software to be a charitable activity in and of itself and therefore does not grant tax-exempt status. Donations to Collectives under Open Source Collective 501(c)(6) are not tax-deductible.
In contrast, the Open Collective Foundation 501(c)(3), home to many groups focused on education, outreach, and social impact does qualify for tax-exempt status. If you donate to a Collective under that host, it's tax-deductible in the US.
If both Collectives are in the same Fiscal Host, you can donate using the balance of a Collective. For example, most open source projects are hosted by the Open Source Collective, so they can give to each other.
To make a Collective-to-Collective donation, go to the page of the Collective and select your contribution amount. You will be given the option to donate from any Collective you are a core contributor of.