Open Collective
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Urbanists.Social

We run a Mastodon server for people into bikes, transit, and walkable cities.

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Sam Wight

$390.14 USD since Nov 2022

2
cyklista

$150 USD since Dec 2022

3
Michael McLean

$127 USD since Nov 2022

4
Sean McMains

$100 USD since Dec 2022

5
Zak Patterson

$60 USD since Nov 2022

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Ben Fulton

$51 USD since Dec 2022

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Noel Hidalgo

$50 USD since Nov 2022

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Guest

$50 USD since Dec 2022

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Colin Murphy

$50 USD since Dec 2022

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Jonathan Mertzig

$50 USD since Dec 2022

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Daniel Streicher

$50 USD since Jan 2023

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legofwoofus

$36 USD since Dec 2022

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Hannonizer

$30 USD since Nov 2022

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MTNYC

$28 USD since Nov 2022

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TransitBiker

$25 USD since Nov 2022

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Fidelity Charitable

$250 USD since Jan 2023

Urbanists.Social is all of us

Our contributors 95

Thank you for supporting Urbanists.Social.

Sam Wight

Admin

$390 USD

Zak Patterson

Admin

$60 USD

cyklista

$150 USD

Michael McLean

backer

$127 USD

Sean McMains

$100 USD

Ben Fulton

$51 USD

Noel Hidalgo

backer

$50 USD

Guest

$50 USD

Colin Murphy

$50 USD

Jonathan Mertzig

$50 USD

Daniel Streicher

$50 USD

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Today’s balance

$1,451.12 USD

Total raised

$2,433.94 USD

Total disbursed

$982.82 USD

Estimated annual budget

$4,959.77 USD

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News from Urbanists.Social

Updates on our activities and progress.

Virtual cards, emails, and sustainability

Hi folks! Another quick update. One of the major reasons why we chose to be fiscally hosted with the Open Collective Foundation is that it uncouples the server from mine and Zak's finances. Prior to joining the OCF, all of the donated funds...
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Published on December 16, 2022 by Sam Wight

We're now fiscally hosted by the Open Collective Foundation!

Hi folks! We're now fiscally hosted by the Open Collective Foundation! This means that all your donations to Urbanists.Social are tax deductible, as OCF is a 501(c)(3) organization. This also means that the money no longer lives in my bank...
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Published on December 13, 2022 by Sam Wight

Update on OCF

Hi folks, we're working on re-applying to the Open Collective Foundation. To do that, we'll have to 'empty' the account balance temporarily with a fake expense or invoice. After we re-apply and are (hopefully) approved, we'll submit the mon...
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Published on December 2, 2022 by Sam Wight

About


A place for urbanists to connect with each other

We're an ad-free Mastodon server for urbanists: people who like bikes, transit, and walkable cities. We provide a home for our members on the Fediverse: a network of interconnected, federated servers. Urbanists.Social is organized and funded by the community itself: we take no money from outside sources, only donations from our users.

This OpenCollective exists to:
  1. Give our users more confidence in choosing us as their new internet home. Our budget is completely transparent. Anyone can look and see how many months of funding we have, how much we're spending on server costs, etc.
  2. Ensure the longevity of our Mastodon server. Our server costs are not huge. If even only a few users give a little bit monthly, we're able to cover them no problem. Running this as a collective allows us to provide a safe, ad-free, non-commodified social media experience on the web.

About our budget

We use a yearly budget system to make things simple. We have two categories of costs: server hosting costs and operating costs. Server hosting costs are the funds we pay to our host: Masto.Host, as well as our domain name. Operating costs are miscellaneous costs for things like email, contact points for our DMCA designated agent, and more. 

Here's our current server costs:
  • Masto.Host - $1320/yr ($110 monthly). We're on the Galaxy plan with the ElasticSearch addon and no other addons. We pay for this monthly, not annually.
  • Google Domains - $30/yr. We pay for this annually.
Here's our current operating costs:
  • Email account - $47/yr. We use Proton and pay yearly.
  • Phone number - $30/yr. We need a phone number to list publicly on the DMCA designated directory. We purchase a phone number to protect the privacy of our agent. This is paid for yearly.
  • Mailing address - $240/yr. We need a mailing address to list publicly on the DMCA designated agent directory. We purchase a mailing address to protect the privacy of our agent (so they don't have to list their address publicly). This is paid for monthly.

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