How to spend the money on your balance - the basics

How can use you the money of your collective?

Below you find the basic steps to spend money. Tracking and tracing expenses via opencollective makes it all very easy: everything is transparant, and the reports follow automatically.

Reminder: All for Climate has an 'unincorporated partnership' with all collectives. Collectives operate autonomously, with full independence over their budget and full ownership over their projects.

This means you can never invoice or bill All for Climate for activities within your collective, we do not have ownership over your activities. They are part of your collective, not of All for Climate.


These are the basic steps in spending the money on the collective balance:

  • Someone submits an expense.

    • There are two main types of expenses:

      • Reimbursements of a prepaid purchase (with receipt)

      • Invoices for paid services

  • A Collective admin (someone on your team) approves it.

  • OC Europe's team reviews it (confirms that the expense meets requirements e.g. having a valid receipt, a clear picture, amounts match, invoice is legal and correct).

  • They get paid.

Step 1: submit your expenses

Any member of the collective that spent money, can submit an expense to the collective page: by uploading a receipt or an invoice

Receipts/reimbursements 🛒

Receipts are for things that you buy for the community and for which you need to be reimbursed. Think of groceries, printing flyers, paint for banners etc.

Make sure that you keep the receipt. Take a clear picture of it and submit it to your collective (click on "submit expense" on your collective page).

A valid expense must contain the name and address of the vendor, the amount, the date, and the description of the items purchased. More info here.

Tip: you can also submit a receipt that you haven't paid yet yourself. Simply put the bank account of the vendor in 'communications' and add a small explanation. The money will be transferred immediately to the vendor.

Invoices 📄

Invoices are used to pay people for a service (a vendor, a company, a freelancer). They directly charges the collective for this service. When you upload an invoice, you are considerated an independent contractor or freelancer.

The invoice needs to contain following essential information:

  • The invoice must be billed to the Collective (including one of the Admin and his/her legal address - usually the person in the collective that has the relationship with the vendor).

    There can be no mention of All for Climate on the invoice.

  • The invoice must include the name, address, Tax number of the beneficiary

  • The invoice must include a tax rate and a VAT reference. If your tax rate or VAT is 0, the invoice must include a note about this (why your tax rate is 0?).

Submit the invoice on the collective page (click on "Submit Expense"). If needed, here is a useful template to create a proper invoice.

Payout methods

We can pay back expenses or pay invoices via bank transfer, PayPal and TransferWise for international payments.

Step 2: get your expenses approved

When a member of the collective submitted an expense (receipt or invoice), its status is PENDING. An email is automatically sent to all the administrators (core contributors) of your collective to invite them to approve it (or comment on it to ask for more information).

The fiscal host has no decision making power on approving your expense (the administrators of your collective are the ones that know you better, are closer to what you do and can better tell if this or that expense is a valid one and helps the collective fulfill its mission).

Step 3: get paid

Once approved and if there is enough balance to cover for it in your collective, your expense will show up in the list of expenses that READY TO PAY . One of the administrators of the fiscal host ( goes through this list every week and reimburses the approved expenses (or pays directly the vendor if that is what the communication asks us to do). . As long as the receipt/invoice is legal and approved by one of the admins of your group and comply with the transparency and accountability rules (i.e. it is not a lump sum amount sent to an intermediary to hide how the money is spent), it will be paid.

Once the payment is done, the status of the expense will go to PAID and the balance of your collective will be automatically updated.

Note: whenever you edit your expense, its status will go back to PENDING so that the admins can review it again. Once paid, an expense can only be edited by the administrators.

Once your collective grows, we recommend you to define your own expense policy so that everyone in your community knows what can be expensed, up to what amount and who gets to approve expenses. You can also create sub collectives for different working groups and each can have their own administrators to approve their expenses.

See for example the expense policy of XR-Belgium.


To whom should we address invoices?

They need to be addressed to the collective and use the address of any of its members (usually the person in the collective that has the relationship with the vendor).

Can we hire people?

Only as contractors (freelancers). They basically need to be able to submit an invoice.

Can we spend the money outside of Europe?

Spending money outside of the Eurozone is difficult. To European countries with different currencies (UK, Sweden, ...) we do ot experience issues, but If you need to buy a product from elsewhere (e.g. an online subscription), one of you will have to pay for it and then expense it to your collective. In all cases, we highly recommend to spend the money of your collective in the local and sustainable economy.

Can I ask to be reimbursed for less than the amount of the expense?

Yes. When you file the expense, you can enter any amount lower or equal to the amount visible on the actual receipt. This is useful when you go grocery shopping and you end up with a total bill with things for your collective and things for you.

What about VAT?

To keep the administrative overhead to a minimum, your collective can only receive donations (on which there is no VAT), and you cannot get the VAT back from the purchases that you are making. Whenever a vendor needs to issue an invoice to your collective they need to add the VAT as if they would invoice you as an individual.

What payment methods do you support?

The fastest and most versatile one is PayPal as it allows us to click on button and the payment is made. If PayPal fees apply, they are paid by the collective (see PayPal fees).

Otherwise, the second best option is doing a simple European SEPA wire transfer using your IBAN number.

For international payments, we have a Transferwise account. Note that organisations are not allowed to send money to individuals in China.

If you would like to receive crypto donations, please contact us. If you need to pay someone with crypto or any other payment method (e.g. Western Union or other), we recommend you to make those payments directly as an individual and then ask for reimbursement from your collective.

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