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OCF Slow Down - Pausing New Applications Through Feb. 2024
Published on September 14, 2023 by Sade Swift

It has been a summer of transformation at Open Collective Foundation (OCF). We have been updating our internal infrastructure and systems to accommodate the exponential growth we have experienced. 

This growth has been amazing and we want to move with intentionality to serve our current and future collectives better. In order to continue to provide our services to their highest standard, we have determined that we will be slowing down. 

What does this slowdown mean? 

  • We have decided to pause on accepting new collectives through February 2024.
    • Any applications already submitted will continue to be processed as usual. 

If you are seeking a fiscal sponsor, we recommend visiting the Fiscal Sponsor Directory.

As always, feel free to join our slack in the #ocf channel.

More to come soon! 

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Alexa Hudson

Posted on September 14, 2023

Love this idea! Thanks so much for all you do!
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Nasiyah Isra-Ul

Posted on January 29, 2024

Hi! When in February will you open back up? Our group has been waiting months to apply for fiscal sponsorship under this foundation and we hope to actually be able to apply in the coming weeks. 

Mike Strode (OCF)

Posted on January 30, 2024

We do not plan to reopen our application process and I encourage you to pursue other options for fiscal sponsorship.
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Tom Palmer

Posted on February 2, 2024

Hello Mike, this is disappointing! You were my first choice. 

EnergyScope profiles selected solar, heat pump, insulation and window/door installers, allowing property owners to directly request quotes. Free to all, forty blog posts provide related information.

Existing marketplaces like EnergySage are brokers who sell customer data multiple times, then charge the winning installer hundreds of dollars. This adds to soft costs and limits participation. Family-owned, worker-owned or nonprofit installers rarely buy such leads.

No third-party need profit from one's transition to efficient, clean energy. This nascent, online service can be offered nationally with a small research & PR budget. (See the SF Bay Area example Phase Two is a First Wednesday event where the public meets installers at local venues, coordinated by a volunteer network.

I'd like to become sponsored ASAP, and commence applying for corporate and foundation grants. Thank you for your attention.

Best wishes,
Tom Palmer
930 Dwight Way #7
Berkeley, CA 94710