Credit Card, Paypal, Bank transfers

Donate using our Platform

Open Collective Foundation is closing down in 2024. The last day collectives can receive donations is March 15, 2024. Read more here.

The preferred way to move money into a Collective is using the Open Collective Platform.

To donate (a.k.a. contribute) to a Collective online via Credit Card, PayPal, or Bank Transfer (a.k.a. ACH or wire transfer), please see this overview of the process.

Once you choose to contribute from the Collective’s profile, our platform will guide you through the rest of the process, including choosing between credit card, PayPal, and electronic bank transfer (i.e., ACH or wire).

The fastest way to have access to funds is through Card/PayPal donations made directly on the Open Collective Platform.

Bank transfers (e.g. ACH, wire) are done manually - this means it takes the funds a couple of days to clear (due to bank processing times), and then the allocation of the funds requires additional actions from OCF. It is important to allow for a few days (between 5 & 10 business days) when awaiting donations made via bank transfer.

Bank Transfers

If you select to make a contribution via bank transfer, you will automatically be given bank transfer instructions, on screen and by email, along with a unique reference ID code.

You can also download a PDF with general payment info.

You must include the unique ID code as a reference with your bank transfer, so we can match up the transaction.

Once the money has arrived, we will confirm, then the amount will be credited to the Collective’s balance and you will automatically receive a receipt.‌

When you arrange the transfer, if you have the option of sending an email notification for the transaction, please send it to

The easiest way to pay via bank account is probably using a PayPal account that is connected to your bank.

Giving Anonymously

If you would like your contribution to be partially or fully anonymous, see our documentation on incognito and guest contributions.

Secure Contributions

Open Collective Foundation doesn't store donor credit card numbers on our servers. Instead, we partner with Stripe, a secure solution that is widely adopted by the industry, to process one-time and recurring contributions.

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