Basic FAQ

How can I contact Open Collective Foundation? Where can I go with questions or concerns?

Email us at [email protected]. We will respond as soon as we can!
You can also join our Slack to get in touch with the entire Open Collective community. Check in at the #ocf channel.

What is the difference between Open Collective and Open Collective Foundation?

Open Collective is the software platform, which is made by a company called Open Collective Inc. Open Collective Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) entity that uses the platform to provide fiscal hosting services. The two entities are legally completely separate, but share some of the same staff members and community guidelines.

What is the difference between fiscal hosting and fiscal sponsorship?

These two terms mean the same thing. See our Fiscal Hosting page for a detailed description.

What are your fees?

See our Fees page!

How does paying people work?

Payees should submit an expense in order to receive payment from a hosted Collective.

When are payments processed?

How can people donate to my Collective?

Individuals and organizations can contribute to your Collective in a variety of ways, including by credit card, bank transfer, and in-kind donations. See Financial Contributions for more information.

What types of Collectives do you host?

Open Collective Foundation hosts a variety of projects meeting our eligibility requirements.
A few example focuses include:
  • solidarity and mutual aid, community fridges and food justice, community gardens and farms, land justice, time banking, abolition, the solidarity economy,
  • humanitarian aid, bail funds, poverty and homelessness, climate justice, environmental justice, civil rights, immigrant rights,
  • education, research, labor, the arts, job training, civic engagement, privacy,
  • independent journalism, community radio and media, technology, community tech, digital infrastructure, governance,
  • and much much more.
OCF supports Collectives to build power within BIPOC, low-income, Womxn, LGBTQIA+, rural, immigrant, and many other other vibrant communities. Feel free to review our Mission and Values, Community Guidelines, and Guiding Principle for more on our approach.

Will our application be approved?

As long as your group is legitimate, meets all of the eligibility requirements, is aligned with one of our impact areas, and has no conflict with the Terms or limitations of our program, you can expect to be approved. We will follow up with you via email if we have any questions or concerns about your application.