This (short) Quarter is all about shedding complexity: in our offer, in our codebase, in our UI.
Offer: COVID-19 has given us an opportunity to position ourselves in a new vertical that has similar requirements than the Open Source one: Crisis Responders. Meaning similar in the sense that they need a turn-key solution that includes a platform to fundraise and disburse funds paired with a fiscal host that can act as the custodian of the funds. We’ve struggled to replicate this outside of the FOSS ecosystem, but now we are seeing it again.
To make sure we support as many groups as possible in this vertical, we’ve waived our fees until June, we are hiring someone to manage the Open Collective Foundation (501c3 that’s doing the fiscal hosting in the US) and relaunched it with a focus on COVID-19. From the new collectives in march 175 are COVID-19 related initiatives.
The growth driven by COVID-19 Relief groups is an opportunity for us to focus our efforts on growing a new segment of collectives with a First Party Host (this is a host we own, as opposed to a third party host, a legal entity that uses Open Collective Platform). This is important for us, because we are providing a complete solution ourselves: Tax deductible fiscal sponsorship as a service paired with a transparent open finances platform.
Filtering for Host Dashboard
We're currently using Paypal Adaptive Payments PayPal introduced a Payout API that provides the following benefits over adaptive payments: Payout limit is $20,000 USD For payouts made through the API, it’s just $0.25 USD per U.S. transaction. For international payments, the fee is 2% of the payment amount to each recipient (up to a maximum of $20) Project Owner @kewitz Project Issue: #3131 Related Issues: #2274 and #2258
Project Owner: @znarf Project Issue: needed
Project Issue: #3105 Since we are waiving our fees for COVID collectives we are setting up a path for donors to give platform fees on top of their donation. Project Owner: @piamancini Technical Owner @sbinlondon Status: MVP merged
Killing host Collectives
Collective to collective across hosts (spec)
Pledges issue (Ben)
(Biz Dev) Update OCF Board / Compliance (@piamancini) (Biz Dev) Update Ford / Sloane Proposal (@piamancini) (Biz Dev) Sign OSC Agreement with John Hopkins (Alyssa) (Biz Dev) Push Github Sponsors (@alanna) (Biz Dev) Grow the COVID-19 groups for OCF (Kayla)
This is what we ask ourselves to decide what gets done and what doesn't.
Does this serve our mission?
Will this make us financially sustainable within a year?
Is it feasible to build and maintain with our team and runway?
Can this make us move faster?
Does this increase quality and not technical debt?
Will this bring us more Collective and financial contributors?
Is this already solved elsewhere or is it our unique contribution?
Can we measure the success of this?
explain the feature.
Link to other opened issues or data.
Include details below.
Organize a special meeting or on a scheduled one.
Role: Facilitator, decision-maker, producer.
It's ultimately responsible for (needs to do or organize who does)
Docs & Comms
Post-ship plan for maintenance
Timeframe - kickoff and delivery, main milestones / roadmap