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What is Gitcoin?

Connect with the community developing protocols that help communities fund their shared needs.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to empower communities to fund their shared needs. This purpose guides our work as both an impact and protocol DAO. We are focused on building and funding tools that support community-driven shared resources.

How we support our purpose

Gitcoin is a community first, and our software products are a double-sided market that connects digital creatives to the people who want to fund their work. As of April 2023, our grants program has distributed over $50M of funding.

The DAO that governs Gitcoin

In order to make sure that Gitcoin is serving its mission and community first, Gitcoin is governed by the community. In May 2021, GTC was released. GTC is a governance token with no economic value that governs Gitcoin Grants + GitcoinDAO.
There are three important concepts to know to understand how to interact with GitcoinDAO.
  1. 1.
    Most of the action happens on Discord, gov.gitcoin.co, or Twitter​
  2. 2.
    ​Stewards are ultimately responsible for governing GitcoinDAO.
  3. 3.
    Workstreams are the primary mechanism through which work is organized in the DAO.

DAO Workstreams

  1. 1.
    ​Gitcoin Product Collective is the DAO's product development team and Moonshot Collective was the DAO's rapid prototyping workstream. They have both merged into a single Workstream within the DAO.
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    ​Public Goods is focused on our mission of funding public goods.
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    ​Fraud Detection & Defense is in charge of preventing fraud on Gitcoin Grants.
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    ​Memes, Merch, & Marketing is the DAO marketing division.
  5. 5.
    ​DAO Ops handles DAO operations.
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DAO’s Quarterly Cadence

Gitcoin operates in a quarterly cadence. Every quarter, the Gitcoin ecosystem revolves around a quarterly stacked event of a Gitcoin Grants Round. Typically a quarter looks like this:
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    Plan for the quarterly stacked event
  2. 2.
    Execute the quarterly stacked event
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    Learn from the quarterly stacked event
  4. 4.
    Repeat
The next quarterly event is a the Gitcoin Grants Beta Round, planned for April 25th - May 9th, 2023.

How to get involved.

Here are the ways you can get involved in the DAO.
  1. 1.
    Signup for the weekly GitcoinDAO Digest.
  2. 2.
    Get engaged on discord, gov.gitcoin.co, or on Twitter​
  3. 4.
    Use Gitcoin to earn, learn, or fund. (use links above).
  4. 5.
    Explore any of the links below:

Testimonials

Gitcoin Grants is establishing itself as a significant pillar of the Ethereum ecosystem that more and more projects are relying on for some or all of their support. ~ Vitalik Buterin​
I LOVE IT…The community has been outstanding. I have made contact outside of slack w a couple of people. William Schwab was kind enough to ZOOM w me for an hour and tell me his story, letme pick his brain, and as he shared some valuable resources with me. - John Wilkinson
Gitcoin gave me the first break into Ethereum and the crypto space. It helped me find bounties that I could work on and get paid in crypto. After my first ever bounty I got paid a lot and I felt euphoric. - Sebastian TF
I am amazed on a daily basis at the incredible projects and communities in this space. The Gitcoin team and quadratic funding is an invaluable catalyst to bring it all to fruition. Thank you! - Hishamaru Konkon
Gitcoin grants quadratic funding is not just for funds allocation, it’s also a great signaling tool! For the last few rounds, going to Grants | Gitcoin has led me to discover a lot of really cool Ethereum projects I previously did not know about. - Vitalik Buterin
What Gitcoin is doing with public goods funding is absolutely incredible. Nothing but respect to the team and the larger community for the contributions made. - Frobo
Thanks to @gitcoin it has helped us to discover our earliest talent and supercharged @KodaDot development. - Matej
People ask me all the time how I got into Solidity and NFT dev. The answer is @gitcoin! Beginning of the year I just started doing bounties for a bunch of different projects (@synthetix_io @akashnet_ @SovrynBTC etc) and found the NFT ones were my fave. Such a good way to learn! - sarasioux.eth