I created an opencollective for F-Droid a few days ago: https://opencollective.com/f-droid
Opencollective is a free software funding platform (as in opencollective is built with free software and it’s used to fund free software projects among other things).
If you are interested in more details how it works, this is a good place to start reading I think: https://docs.opencollective.com/help/about/terminology
One of the interesting things about opencollective is that it supports acting as a fiscal host for us (through another organisation called OpenSource Collective) so they can hold money in f-droids name that collective admin can pay out to contributors at some later point.
This comes with a 10%(?) fee as far as I understand, so it’s not a perfect solution but one that’s easy to get started with.
On a related note, I applied for a 10.000 USD mini-grant for fdroidserver related work through mozilla open source support initiative during FOSDEM which is paid out through opencollective (without fees)).
I’ve been looking into how to accept money as f-droid for a bit now and came across 2 other options
- https://commonsconservancy.org/ this is related to NLNet, and was explained to me as a foundation hypervisor which we could run our virtual F-Droid foundation on top of, without worrying about all the legal and financial things happening in the backgound. This is (so I’ve been told) without any associated fees.
- pEp foundation (https://www.pepfoundation.org/) can apparently fulfil a similar role, I haven’t looked into this at all, but I’ve talked to someone from pEp at FOSDEM.
I you are an F-Droid @contributors you might want to sign up at opencollective and post your username, so I can add you as a core contributor there. This is mostly cosmetic (i.e. people see at opencollective who’s a f-droid contributor) until you want to receive money collected through the f-droid collective.
As soon as we have figured out how this thing works properly we can add it to out website, make a blog post about this, to encourage people donating there.