Open Source Collective Update #12

Open Source Collective Update #12

From our January 2021 board meeting.

Open Source Collective is a non-profit organization serving as a fiscal sponsor to over 2,400 open source projects on Open Collective. We believe in transparency, so we’re publishing regular recaps of what happens in our board meetings.

Financial Report

These figures are approximate—see our full transparent budget here.

Operations budget balance: $207,000
Funds held for Collectives: $4,000,000

Oct-Dec 2020
Income: $93,000 (mainly host fees)
Expenses: $74,000 (staff: $56,000, accounting: $6,000, legal: $6,000)

Operational Report

What’s happened recently?

Open Web Docs has launched! Moving MDN from being under Mozilla's umbrella to ours (with Mozilla as a key partner along with several other major funders). Amazing reception online. Front page of HackerNews. Off to a great start.

Introducing Open Web Docs
We are excited to support the official formation of Open Web Docs. Independent of any single vendor, Open Web Docs is a collaborative network bringing first-class web platform documentation to all. See the official announcement below.

Democratic Funding: Fund OSS in partnership with GitCoin. A quadratic funding powered match funding drive for open source. Launching March 8th. We're working on the technical platform integrations, bringing in more major sponsors, and also preparing for a big crowdfunding campaign push.

Educational media: We think there's a need to help people better understand why investing in open source is so important, and the role of fiscal hosting. We're looking into producing some explainer videos.

GitHub Sponsors: We're continuing our partnership and talking with them about getting aligned to help more projects raise money, get more money flowing through the new Sponsors for Companies channel, and ensuring projects that need fiscal hosting can understand their needs and access help.

GitHub Sponsors for Companies, Open Source Collective for People
Contribution to the sustainability of open source should be as easy as turningon a faucet. We’ve partnered with GitHub [/double-the-love/] for some time already to enableSponsors funding to flow through to Open Collective, and the integration hasalready channeled thousands […

Trademarks service is live: a framework for helping projects that want to register trademarks to be held by OSC.

Clarifying Legals and Policies

We've been working with lawyers on some key policies, including updating the conflict of interest policy and putting in place a shared services agreement covering the overlaps and collaborations between Open Source Collective, Open Collective Foundation, and Open Collective Inc.


We have offered a way for Collectives to receive Bitcoin for some time, but it's still a beta feature and a lot of people don't know about it. We want to do a push to get more Collectives using it, as it's a potentially valuable service we can offer that some other fiscal sponsors don't.

We would also like to enable ETH and other coins, but so far we haven't found an exchange who will work with us. Most don't accept non-profits at all, and even if they do they are not set up to support an organization like ours that manages thousands of projects. But we'll keep looking.

Stock Donations

We are getting set up for stock donations, because we're getting inquiries about it. It can be attractive for people to donate stock because as a nonprofit we can sell it without paying capital gains tax, whereas if they sold it they would have to pay tax. We're working with an investment bank and our accountants told us this is a fairly straightforward thing to manage.

Board Development

We'd like to bring on more board members, and especially need to think about independents who don't have a staff or customer relationship with OSC. No specific timeline but we'll start thinking about it.

Previous Update

Open Source Collective Update #11
From our August and October 2020 board meetings.The Open Source Collective [/open-source-collective-update-10/] is a non-profit organization serving as a fiscal sponsor to over 2,200 opensource projects on Open Collective. We believe in transparency, so we’republishing regular re…