LFX Crowdfunding enables a simple, managed process for your open source project to raise funds from donors to reimburse project contributors for project expenses. Crowdfunding is free for open source projects, and every dollar of the first $10M raised through Crowdfunding will be passed directly to the projects hosted on LFX, resulting in more money to support critical work on your project. Additionally, funds raised via Crowdfunding can be applied towards mentorship programs via the LFX Mentorship service.
LFX Crowdfunding is integrated with GitHub Sponsors and you can add and configure your sponsor button by editing a Funding.yml file in your repository's .github folder, on the default branch.
Specifically, you can configure the button and add LFX Crowdfunding platform on a new line, using the following syntax: lfx_crowdfunding: PROJECT-NAME
For more details, please refer to GitHub user documentation:
For the first $10M USD donated to projects through LFX Crowdfunding, the Linux Foundation will underwrite all platform fees as well as any fees charged by third-party payment processors. Every dollar of the first $10M raised through Crowdfunding will be available to the projects hosted on LFX for their use. Once the $10M milestone has been reached, contributions from individual and corporate donors will be subject to a 5% platform fee plus a payment processor fee.
Yes, access to your code repository is required to support security vulnerability scanning by LFX Vulnerability Detection. During the project onboarding process you’ll be required to authenticate with your GitHub ID to give LFX read-only access to the list of repositories that you maintain.
Project maintainers can set their own project fundraising goals. The project onboarding guide makes it easy to set goals and allocate percentages of that goal towards different options, like development, marketing, meetups, and travel. Project maintainers have the ability to adjust goals and allocations at any time.
Goals are guidelines, not hard stops, so you’ll be able to continue raising money beyond your goals. In addition, as you see progress in one or more areas, you can (and should) update them to reflect how you plan to utilize these additional funds.
All expense reporting, approval, and reimbursement is currently handled via a third party application integrated with LFX. After an expense report or invoice is reimbursed through that application, it is synchronized with LFX to provide full transparency.
Yes, donors can see how funds are allocated and spent via a project’s public ledger. The Linux Foundation reviews, administers, and processes all requests for expenditures to ensure oversight for use of donated funds. This is done with full transparency so companies can see how donated funds are allocated.
Donors can suggest how they would like their funds to be used by selecting one of the project’s current goals at the time the donation is made, but project maintainers may use funds according to allocations other than what the donor has requested.
No, after donors complete their donation, they cannot later object to a project’s use of it. Prospective donors can review the project’s open ledger to see how it has previously used funds, as part of determining whether to donate to that project.
No, donors cannot receive refunds or object to a project’s use of allocated funds. LFX provides a transparent and open ledger to provide visibility into expenditures and to help ensure donated funds are not abused.