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$12,000,000 received on behalf of open source projects in 2021


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In 2021 Open Source Collective received more financial support for open source projects than all previous years combined, over 12 million dollars. Here’s what we’re doing to continue that trend…

Open Source Collective reached a significant milestone in 2021, receiving and invoicing over 12 million dollars on behalf of the 3,000 open source projects and funds we host. We want to take a moment to celebrate and to tell you a little about what we’ll be focusing on in 2022 and beyond.

But first...

We’d like to say thank you. On behalf of the communities that call Open Source Collective home, and on behalf of the open source community in general, we want to extend our most heartfelt thanks to everyone who has (and continues) to financially support open source software, especially in these last two, difficult years.


We’ve come a long way since Open Source Collective was created, back in the summer of 2017. In that time we’ve seen the landscape in which we work grow, and we too have grown, receiving over 22 million dollars to support the work of open source maintainers and contributors. We’ve also grown as an organization, hiring a new Executive Director and expanding our team as we’ve supported more communities to manage their money in the open, just as they do their code. But we’ve still a long way to go…


In the later part of 2021 we asked ourselves where Open Source Collective fits into a landscape of foundations, non-profits and for-profit organizations addressing the issue of open source sustainability. We asked ourselves which challenges we are well placed to tackle and where we see issues that have yet to be addressed. We will be publishing our full strategy for 2022 and beyond on our website in the coming weeks but we wanted to share with you our focus areas.......



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Whilst that may seem like a large sum in reality it is a pitifully small  amount considering the amount of users and especially the large organisations that use linux. 😎

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