Connect external accounts

You can connect social media accounts to automatically thank new financial contributors

Connecting a Twitter account

Click on Connect Twitter. You will be prompted to either directly authorize Open Collective to access your account or to log in and authorize it.
Connecting your account will provide you a few automation options based on how many financial contributors Collectives you host have reached:
Options for activating automated tweets whenever a Collective you host reach 10, 100 and 1,000 financial contributors.
To use a template parameter, put it in brackets like this: {collective}. Here are the parameters supported by each template:
New financial contributors
Twitter Handle of the contributor without the @ prefix (can be empty)
New financial contributors
Contribution amount with the currency
Ten contributors Fifty contributors One hundred contributors
Either the collective name or, if set, the Twitter handle prefixed with an @
Ten contributors
Top 10 contributors names or handles
Facebook, @airbnb, company3, joe, @anotherAccount, anotherAccount2, anotherAccount3, anotherAccount4, anotherAccount5, anotherAccount6, +6

Receiving contributions through PayPal

This feature is currently in beta, meaning it's still being tested. To turn on PayPal contributions, email support.


Payment processor fees charged by PayPal will be automatically deducted. If any platform tips or platform share is paid through PayPal, it will go to your account and will be paid later, via the monthly settlement expense.

Connecting PayPal

If you're already in the beta test group, you can follow these instructions:
  • Create a new PayPal app
    • Open PayPal's Developer page and Log In.
    • In My Apps & Credentials page, select the Live environment, and click in Create app.
    • Name this App after Open Collective, this way you'll always remember where this token is being used.
    • Click Create App.
To receive contributions, enable "Accept payments" and "Transactions search"
  • Then scroll down to "Live App Settings" and make sure "Accept payments" and "Payouts" are checked
  • Now, copy the necessary information to Open Collective.
    • Open a new tab and go to Open Collective.
    • Open your Host collective settings page and click in the Receiving Money option in the menu.
    • Copy and paste Client ID, Secret in the respective fields, leave Webhook ID empty.
    • Click Connect PayPal.