How we're different

OCF vs. Other Fiscal Sponsors

One thing that makes Open Collective Foundation different from other fiscal sponsors is the Open Collective platform, a powerful, open-source tool for managing your activities and funds transparently providing you with 24/7 access to collect, spend, and manage funds. You can quickly and easily:

Traditional fiscal sponsors’ processes are often slow, manual, and opaque, whereas Open Collective is efficient, automatic, and transparent.

Open Collective vs. Accounting Software

Our platform has great features that you won’t find in most accounting software, like integrated payments for expenses via PayPal or bank transfer. Your hosted Collective will be able to process large numbers of transactions, big or small, without the accounting headaches. You’ll no longer have to step into the complexity of a full fledged accounting tool in order to do basic budget tracking and good money management.

Open Collective vs. Crowdfunding Campaigns

It also differs from crowdfunding platforms, particularly in how it is designed to be a home for ongoing collaborative communities, not individual creators or one-off campaigns. Unlike crowdfunding platforms, our service allows you to:

  • Access funds as they arrive, rather than in a lump sum at the end of the campaign

  • Spend funds for your Collective directly from the platform, rather than having the funds go through your personal bank account

  • Receive recurring monthly contributions

  • Accept tax-deductible contributions (this is a big incentive for donors)

  • View your Collective’s budget in full transparency

  • Receive donations, post Updates, and gain momentum—as you would while crowdfunding—without limiting your long-term reach

Unlike campaign-based crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe or Patreon, Open Collective can be a long-term home for your operations. We’re always working on new features to help you build community and accomplish your mission.

Our technology is completely open source, meaning that our source code, and every little detail about how our platform works, is freely available for modification and redistribution by the public, in this case via the MIT License.

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