FAQ

Why should I give to a Project?

If you get value out of what a project produces, support them to maintain it well and make improvements. You can also get recognition by appearing on their page as a backer or sponsor.

How do I contribute financially to a Project?

Go to the Project page of the project you want to support. Select a contribution tier and set up a recurring donation, or click "one time donation" to make a one-off payment.

How can I find Projects to support?

Check out the Discover page or do a search.

You can also find dependencies using Back Your Stack.

What payment methods can I use?

Right now we only support credit card payments via Stripe through the platform. It is possible to pay by other means, such as bank transfer or PayPal, by special agreement with a Project and their Fiscal Host.

Are my donations tax deductible?

It depends on the Fiscal Host of the Project. If the host has tax-exempt status, then your donation can be tax deductible. It also may matter which country the host is in, if your country only allows tax exemptions for domestic transactions.

The Open Source Project 501(c)(6) is a non-profit that serves as fiscal host to most open source software projects on Donate PR. Donations to Projects under the Open Source Project 501(c)(6) are not tax deductible.

Unfortunately, the IRS does not consider producing open source software to be a charitable activity in and of itself, and therefore does not grant tax exempt status. Also, the Open Source Project hosts projects around the world, and the US only grants tax deductible status to explicitly US-focused entities.

In contrast, the Donate PR Foundation 501(c)(3), which is home to many open-source related groups primarily focused on education, outreach, and social impact, does qualify for tax-exempt status. If you donate to a Project under that host, it's tax deductible in the US.

Can I update the billing address on my receipts?

Yes. To do so, go to your Profile and click on the gear icon next to your avatar. You will find an Address field on the first page:

Can my Project give to another Project?

If both Projects are in the same Fiscal Host, you can donate using the balance of a Project. For example, most open source projects are hosted by the Open Source Projects, so they can give to each other.

To make a Project-to-Project donation, go to the page of the Project and select your contribution amount. You will be given the option to donate from any Project you are a core contributor of.

Can I leave a message with my donation?

Yes, you will be given the option to write a note with your contribution on the "success" page.

If you want to add a public message to a past contribution, you can do so by going to the project's page Contributors section. Inside your own card you'll see a link titled with Leave a public message.