Open Collective
Open Collective
Introducing Projects
Published on July 14, 2021 by Benjamin Nickolls

Manage funds within Collectives with Projects

Projects are a lightweight way for Collectives to manage budgets for initiatives independent of their parent Collectives:

Projects have many of the same features as Collectives: they have their own balances, contributions, and expenses. Projects have their own contribution tiers, goals, and updates. Projects are appropriate when you have:

- you want to collect funds for a specific initiative or idea
- you want to allocate part of an existing Collectives' budget to an effort
- you want to track spending on a subset of activities away from the main Collective

We've been quietly testing project Projects to manage budgets for The Digital Infrastructure Fund while Mautic have been using Projects to support specific initiatives. We'd love to hear what you think about this feature as we continue to iterate on it throughout the rest of the year. Please comment below with your feedback.

Read more about Projects in our Documentation


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Adam Recvlohe

Posted on July 14, 2021

I've been wanting something like this. Only had events before which didn't make sense. I'd like to be able to move an event to a project but I don't think that's possible right now.
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Posted on July 14, 2021

Hi Benjamin,

I am wondering about projects benefits compared to events.
So I understand it does not show on the collective.
Can the collective put admin different from de collective which would have a benefit for me ?

I suppose project is fine when it is meant for a short period or only special event.
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Alanna Irving

Posted on July 15, 2021

To answer both the above questions, Projects are similar to Events in the sense that they are both a type of "Mini-Collective" within a main Collective, with its own separate budget, and it own contributions and expenses. You can freely move money between the main Collective and its Projects (or Events).

Right now, the admins of Events and Projects are the same as the parent Collective. In the future we hope to build the ability to specify different admins, but we haven't got there quite yet.
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Juri Ivanov

Posted on July 15, 2021

Cool! Is it something like BoomStarter and KickStarter services?
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Benedict Lau

Posted on July 15, 2021

Oh this is super useful. Our magazine can manage a separate budget for each issue right on OC.
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Dmitry Chuiko

Posted on July 26, 2021

Hi all, I am 1? Где все?:)
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Nick Meyne

Posted on September 13, 2021

I can't see projects in my menu / profile page.    Is it something to do with the difference between fiscal host accounts and a collective account?   Or is it that I need to ask for the project feature to be added to my account?
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Benjamin Nickolls

Posted on September 13, 2021

Hey Nick, I can see that you've created an organization, not a collective. An organization is like a user account, it's for contributing as an organization to Collectives. If you'd like to start a collective please check out the docs at 
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Posted on September 15, 2021

At NumFOCUS we've been using this feature for the Google Season of Docs program and it's been working well.  This has allowed us to separate the receiving of funds and paying expenses to technical writers very easy so far.
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