For an overview of using the Open Collective platform, check out their documentation. It has a ton of great information about features like the transparent budget, customizing an initiative profile, tiers, goals, and other tools now at your disposal.
✅ Their Quick Start Guide is another great place to start.
Our documentation includes information for how people can contribute to your initiative: Feel free to share this Financial Contributions overview with your contributors!
Using funds from your initiative’s budget is simple:
Someone submits an expense.
An initiative admin (someone on your team) approves it.
OCF's team reviews it (confirms that the expense meets requirements e.g. having a valid receipt).
They get paid.
Expense payments may relate to either: an invoice for work completed for the initiative; or reimbursement for purchases made on behalf of the initiative.
Once submitted, expenses need to first be approved by initiative admins and then,
Expenses are processed and paid out by Open Collective Foundation biweekly (on Mondays and Thursdays).
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