The Center for the Cultivation of Technology is a "backend provider" for the Open Source community. Affiliated projects use the legal entity to collect donations and to manage their budgets and assets, while the Center takes care of organizational matters such as accounting, reimbursements and financial reporting.
At the minimum, The Center will be a lightweight scalable fiscal sponsorship "host", much like a "payment processor for unincorporated projects". The larger vision is to work with projects to identify funding opportunties, provide additional services together with partner organizations, exchange knowledge about sustainable organizational development, and allow developers to focus on what they do best: write code.
Receive donations via various payment processors and fundraising platforms.
Manage and allocate budgets, process reimbursements, contract and employ internationally.
The Center can hold assets for a project, such as domain names, trademarks and copyright.
Knowledge sharing and exchange.
Projects eventually will be able to join based on minimal criteria, and are able to leave and take their assets with them. The goal is to optimize for self-organization within the project, with minimal "interference" by the host.
A lot of the design decisions for The Center are influenced by the primary goal of improving processes and automating workflows for any legal entity that hosts multiple independent projects. We collect and build open source tools that can be used in similar scenarios by other entities.
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