Open Source Software Funding Platforms Registry

Inspired by Sustain Summit, I started maintaining a list of all the known platforms for sustaining and monetizing open source software:

Let me know if you come across any other platforms/tools, etc.



Awesome! Great job @bibryam!

I think you missed Open Source Initiative which is a great supporter of funding to open source projects

hi Jaskirat, I couldnt find out how is OSI supporting OSS projects financially, what is the process?

I don’t know about OSI.

The Core Infrastructure Initiative was established after heartbleed to finance OpenSSL and other projects.

thanks, didn’t know about CII. It seems pretty focused and only 9 projects sponsored, but added to the list.

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Hey there,

This is a great idea. Thanks for creating it.

@GeorgLink thanks for it.

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Do initiatives like latest EU bug bounty program are included in this category?

It is now. Thanks for the heads up!


Big kudos putting this together! Someone on Twitter mentioned Amazon Smile, too, and I’ve seen some European open source podcasts even rely on referrals.

I quoted you on a brief explainer (in Spanish) and list of sources around the late 2018 open source sustainability debate.

I’ve added Amazon Smiles to the list. And also updated my Smiles account to donate to a software foundation.
Thanks for mentioning the list on your video.

I appreciate the heck out of your effort with that list and have a probable addition (for the grant section): . Only for People with residency in Germany, funding up to 47,5k€ for six month. Application for grants (wich are invited to respond to different topics) every half year or so.

But: does this list has to be hosted on google docs?! :anguished:

thanks, I’ve added it the list.

Google docs is a temp solution and I will create a website for it at some point.

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I have been adding more and #opensource sustainability platforms to OSS.FUND

But probably, the biggest news so far is “GitHub today launched Sponsors”!


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It’s a great attempt, happy to see that they take such concrete actions. Being at the center of open source universe, every move that Github makes can have a significant impact.

I expect that it will also be possible to sponsor directly the projects. And if these moves turn out to be successful, I wouldn’t be surprised if they introduce something similar to BackYourStack, which would be a nice complementary.

But more than that, what I believe should be the next step (for Github, or OS community in general) is to study an algorithm / system that determines / ranks the (open source) projects based on their size and importance.

Tidelift has something internally for instance, which would be great if they would make this process public: The long story on paying lifters.

There are so many projects and dependencies that it might be impossible for “consumers” to grasp / process what is important and make a good (and dynamic) “sponsoring”. (In other words, “just get my money and distribute it proportionately please”).

Otherwise, I’m afraid that these systems will mainly reward individuals / projects that has a better public relations skills and there will always be some income imbalance in the ecosystem.

Agree completely with your views

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I guess we can add Github to this now?