How Open Collective works

How Open Collective works?

Open Collective enables all kinds of groups to raise, manage, and spend money transparently. Our open-source software platform engages contributors and supporters, automates admin, and helps you tell your story.

How Open Collective is different?

Transparent by design

Transparent by design

The first thing you’ll notice is transparency—everyone can see where money comes from and where it goes—but it doesn’t end there...

Built with resilience in mind

Built with resilience in mind

Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, Open Collective is designed for ongoing collaborations. That means your funding and community of support doesn’t disappear after a single campaign, or if the initial organizers move on.

Open is better

Open is better

Fully open source—our code is fully transparent and accessible, just like our own company budget. You own your data: we’ll never sell it or lock you in.

Hassle-free money management

Hassle-free money management

Open Collective uniquely combines a powerful tech platform with fiscal hosting, enabling Collectives to raise and spend money without legally incorporating, worrying about taxes, or opening a bank account.

Discover our features

Collective budget management made simple

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Share your budget

Share your budget

Everyone can see where money comes from and where it goes. Clarity and accountability without any spreadsheets or extra work!
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Share your budget

Everyone can see where money comes from and where it goes. Clarity and accountability without any spreadsheets or extra work!
Learn more ...

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Receive Contributions

Receive Contributions

Accept payments by credit card, bank transfer, and Paypal. Define custom tiers and set goals to motivate your supporters to give.
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Receive Contributions

Accept payments by credit card, bank transfer, and Paypal. Define custom tiers and set goals to motivate your supporters to give.
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Manage Expenses

Manage Expenses

Contributors and vendors can easily submit receipts and invoices. You approve or reject them, and once paid your balance updates automatically.
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Manage Expenses

Contributors and vendors can easily submit receipts and invoices. You approve or reject them, and once paid your balance updates automatically.
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Engage your community

Engage your community

Post Updates to engage supporters and share your progress and the impact of their funding. Use Conversations as a community discussion forum.
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Engage your community

Post Updates to engage supporters and share your progress and the impact of their funding. Use Conversations as a community discussion forum.
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Celebrate your supporters

Celebrate your supporters

Leaderboard of your top funders, plus highlight how your whole community contributes in different ways.

Celebrate your supporters

Leaderboard of your top funders, plus highlight how your whole community contributes in different ways.

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Get monthly reports

Get monthly reports

A summary of your group’s activities, progress on your budget goals, new contributors, and expense details, with all transaction data and receipts/invoices attached.

Get monthly reports

A summary of your group’s activities, progress on your budget goals, new contributors, and expense details, with all transaction data and receipts/invoices attached.

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Share your budget

Share your budget

Everyone can see where money comes from and where it goes. Clarity and accountability without any spreadsheets or extra work!
Learn more ...

Share your budget

Everyone can see where money comes from and where it goes. Clarity and accountability without any spreadsheets or extra work!
Learn more ...

And so much more!

We not only help you be transparent, we are too!

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Events

Host online or offline events, with ticket sale revenue going straight to your transparent budget.

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Projects

Manage a grant or raise money for a specific purpose, with flexible tools for segregating your budget.

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Virtual Cards

Spend money anywhere you’d use a credit or debit card online, linked directly to your Open Collective funds (this beta feature is and only available to certain fiscal hosts)

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Embeddable

You can display the Open Collective contribution component directly on your own website, meaning people don’t need to leave your page to pay.

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Extra security

Optional 2-factor authentication. As a tool for managing money, we take security very seriously.