So here is a draft of an open source permanent crowdfunding tool that I propose you to use for the Open Food Network community.
Looks more value aligned than a Patreon, and also more adapted to what we want to do. And great founders behind the project (among them is Pia Mancini, one of the DemocracyOS founders, now working on DemocracyEarth, super interesting as well).
##Here is how it works:
- We have a page for our global community: https://opencollective.com/openfoodnetwork. The “host” (legal entity) behind it is the Open Food Foundation, and collects donation in AUD.
- On this page I have written the links to the local chapters (I only put 2 or 3 for the demo!)
- Each local chapter (=instance) has its own page, with, when applicable, a local host collecting the money. If there is no local host, the global host collects for the local chapter (if the Open Food Foundation agrees of course!). So the tool also enable new communities to start raising funds before they have a local legal entity
- So for example, here is the page for OFN UK: https://opencollective.com/openfoodnetworkuk, the local host is the local OFN UK CIC, and the donations are done in £
- Each local chapter can write its own text / description (for the moment a lot is set up manually by the OpenCollective team)
- So every local chapter can communicate to their local network, and invite them to support, either as backers (the backer can choose to give a regular donation, like 2$ per month, or a one shot one, or a yearly one) and we can propose, above a certain donation, that the backer become a sponsor (with some compensation, like their logo/name on the sponsor page)
- If we want, we can set up a rule like: on every donation made to a local chapter, 10% goes directly to the global host (OpenFoodFoundation). I would rather support to couple OpenCollective with Co-budget and encourage contribution from local chapters to the global community, but we can discuss it
- The money collected by a local chapter can then be used to pay “expenses” (invoice from a dev for example), the expenses are submitted online and approved by those who have the right to approve expenses - decided by the local chapter) So there is also a transparency on the way the money is used. Again we have to see how/if we should couple that with Co-budget somehow.
- The payments to the contributors (who submit expenses) are made through the contributors’paypal account for the moment.
- The OpenCollective take a 5% commission + payment gateway fees (around 3%) (it’s written 10% on the FAQ so I asked a clarification, Xavier told me 5% at the Fest…) but they are open to discussion if we want to propose other forms of contribution to their Commons (not written but I understood that from the discussion I had with Xavier at the Fest). I’m not sure we have time to propose other forms of contribution though
- The list of their investors is transparent: https://opencollective.com/faq
- We can integrate with GitHub so that the list of contributors/backers/sponsors appear on Github (ex: https://github.com/mochajs/mocha, OpenCollective here: https://opencollective.com/mochajs)
##So what do you think about it?
If you like it I propose you to setup everything for real with each local chapter and facilitate the discussion/decision on the things we need to decide collectively. And also propose a way to couple the use of OpenCollective and Co-budget (we discussed the 3 of us at the Fest!)
I have sent some of your profiles/email addresses, as well as the generic email address hello[at] for OFN australia, OFN UK and OFFrance. @lin_d_hop @nick @nickwhite @Kirsten @serenity @danielle @sreeharsha don’t be surprised if you receive an email at some point from OpenCollective.
Ping @CynthiaReynolds, @sigmundpetersen, @maikel, @RohanM, @sstead, @apicella2, @fraschelo, @tschumilas, @MikeiLL, @Selmo, @lawrence
Have a look at https://opencollective.com/wwcode for another live example.
WARNING: please don’t pay attention to the “contributors” that are on each page today, it was just for the draft, will do that properly if/when we agree to move forward