What can traditional fundraisers learn from decentralised organisations?

Is it possible for us to distribute power over money to more people, while still staying focused, coordinated, and united?

What can fundraisers for civil society learn from decentralised Web3 communities and funding models for open source software?

When do these decentralised and disruptive models work, and when do they fail?

Participants in this masterclass will explore real-life cases from the world’s new fundraising methods, learning from fundraising platforms like Open Collective that use layers of technology and legal innovation on top of the financial system and from those like Gitcoin that are built on blockchain technologies. Together, the group will work to imagine how a fundraising and grant-making system that brings together qualities from the old and the new worlds could look.

Who is it for?

Fundraisers, grantmakers, and other civil society professionals who want to take a deep dive into new ideas without the need for prior knowledge of the area.

Learning outcomes

You will leave with hands-on experience of collective sensemaking methods that can be applied to present day civil society fundraising challenges, including trends, context mapping, and graphic facilitation, and a deeper understanding of the new fundraising and grant-making methods in the open source and decentralised space.


Jonas Boutani Werner
Innovation & Leadership Consultant, Fantastic Studios
Hugi Ásgeirsson
Partnerships & Strategy Director, Open Collective Europe; Co-founder, Cobudget; & Co-director, Edgeryders
Pia Mancini
CEO, Open Collective