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August 29, 2022

Introducing GTC – Gitcoin’s Governance Token

November 2022 Update:  Hey there! You’re reading a post written at the launch of Gitcoin DAO, May 2021, and a lot has happened in the past year and half. As an addendum to this original post, here’s an update on what the DAO has accomplished since its launch: We got a global community of dozens of contributors to work towards a shared mission, distributed across 5 workstreams. We distributed tens of millions of dollars toward digital public goods through our Gitcoin Grants Rounds (here’s…

November 2022 Update:

Hey there! You’re reading a post written at the launch of Gitcoin DAO, May 2021, and a lot has happened in the past year and half.

As an addendum to this original post, here’s an update on what the DAO has accomplished since its launch:

  • We got a global community of dozens of contributors to work towards a shared mission, distributed across 5 workstreams.
  • We distributed tens of millions of dollars toward digital public goods through our Gitcoin Grants Rounds (here’s a recap of GR15).
  • We launched the alpha of our open, decentralized grants protocols that enable communities to more easily fund their shared needs. Some of our first users are Fantom, Optimism, and UNICEF.

If you’re trying to understand the utility of GTC, in short it is a governance token that holders use to:

  • Vote on our governance proposals on Snapshot
  • Vote on what funding areas our Gitcoin Grants Program will focus on (e.g. Climate Solutions, DEI, Ethereum Infrastructure, Open Source Software)
  • Ultimately, support the growth of a thriving ecosystem of builders developing open protocols that enable a more free, democratic, and decentralized web

Keep reading onward to learn about the token’s history


Original Article:

The Gitcoin mission is to empower communities to build and fund open source public goods.

In this post, we’re excited to introduce the GTC token and our DAO that will govern Gitcoin — two crucial components allowing Gitcoin to decentralize and build an equitable protocol for funding open source development.

The contract address for GTC is 0xde30da39c46104798bb5aa3fe8b9e0e1f348163f — please triple check that you are interacting with the proper token!

Here’s what you need to know.

What is Gitcoin?

Open source software is the foundation for coordination tools that will help humanity solve our toughest challenges. However, despite $500B+ in yearly economic output, developers have traditionally had no means to pay their rent while working on open source projects.

This is why we built Gitcoin: A platform to fund builders looking for meaningful, open source work. We’ve pioneered Quadratic Funding, a novel, democratic way to fund public goods in our quarterly Gitcoin Grants rounds. Since its launch in November 2017, Gitcoin Grants has now provided nearly $16M of funding to public goods. This is in tandem with $3.54M in bounties which have been paid to open-source developers from all around the world. See for yourself!

We’ve had massive tailwinds because of the growth of the cryptocurrency industry as a whole. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and hundreds of open source crypto projects finally have funding built into their protocols.This has brought billions of dollars of funding to open source ecosystems for the first time in internet history. We think this has massive implications, many still unexplored.

Our mission struck a chord with the crypto community. We’re now seeing strong growth on all metrics across the board.

While this growth is great, Gitcoin needs to evolve with the developing web3 landscape. Today, Gitcoin allocates millions of dollars of funding to thousands of public goods projects. Tomorrow, Gitcoin will allocate billions of dollars and for that — we need to be credibly neutral.

Enter the Gitcoin DAO and GTC!

The DAO to govern Gitcoin

The DAO is the vessel for Gitcoin’s mission. It consists of community members coordinating to fund public goods, and introduces the Gitcoin token (GTC) to make decisions about where to allocate resources.

GTC is a governance token for credibly neutral developer talent and public goods funding, and the means to progressively decentralize the Gitcoin platform through the GitcoinDAO.

At inception, Gitcoin’s DAO will oversee a community treasury of GTC tokens, along with offering a governance framework for delegates (called Gitcoin Stewards) to participate in key ecosystem decisions such as fund allocation, matching pools, and grant collusion.

GTC is a fork of the COMP/UNI governance systems, built with a delegation prompt built into the retroactive claim process. We hope this flow will establish our DAO ecosystem with higher voter turnout than any blockchain-based governance system in the past.

The goal is to gradually introduce more formal frameworks for the ongoing development and maintenance of Gitcoin, as managed through on-chain voting.

In order to do this, we’re excited to welcome the Gitcoin token (GTC) into the world.

Introducing GTC

The Gitcoin token (GTC) is distributed to active participants in Gitcoin’s mission.

The contract address of GTC is 0xde30da39c46104798bb5aa3fe8b9e0e1f348163f

GTC has no economic value; it is a governance token used to oversee the Gitcoin ecosystem. It has no claim on financial rights.

Note: Please triple check the contract address when interacting with GTC. There are likely to be many malicious actors trying to leverage fake tokens to their benefit!

The total supply of GTC is 100,000,000 (100M) tokens, broken down as follows.

  • Retroactive Airdrop – 15%
  • Gitcoin DAO – 50%
  • Existing Stakeholders – 35%

The intent of this distribution is to split GTC evenly between past and future contributors. 50% to those who’ve built Gitcoin so far (retro + stakeholders) and 50% to the builders of tomorrow.

Retroactive Airdrop – 15,000,000 GTC (15%)

15% of the GTC supply is being retroactively distributed to past users of Gitcoin.

This allocation is broken down as follows:

GMV (50/50) 72% 10,080,000
On-Platform Actions 20.4% 3,060,000
KERNEL 1.6% 240,000
Funders League 6% 900,000
Total 100% 15,000,000
(all users capped at 2% in each respective allocation group)

GMV – short for Gross Marketplace Value — describes any action in which value flowed through Gitcoin. This includes bounties, tips, hackathons, and grants. GMV allocations were split evenly between spenders and earners (50/50), meaning those who earned funds from Gitcoin split one bucket of GTC while those who spent funds (like donating to Grants) split another bucket.

On-platform actions refers to any user who:

  • Opened a bounty
  • Submitted work to a bounty
  • Opened a grant
  • Contributed to a grant

This piece (user activity) of the distribution included a decay, meaning actions performed early in Gitcoin’s lifecycle are weighted more heavily.

A portion of tokens are reserved for members of KERNEL, to be allocated based on interactions and participation in Block I and Block II.

Projects who participated in the Funder’s League will split a GTC allocation. This was calculated by splitting total contribution amounts to the Funders League matching pool and issuing GTC pro rata.

To claim GTC, head over to and follow the instructions.

Users will be required to take a trip through Quadratic Lands to claim their tokens, and will be met by a request to delegate tokens to themselves or one of the Gitcoin Stewards as a first use of GTC.

More details on this process will be shared in a separate post on

Gitcoin’s DAO – 50,000,000 GTC (50%)

Half of the GTC supply will be deposited into the timelock contract held in the Gitcoin DAO treasury, governed directly through on-chain GTC voting.

The address of the Gitcoin DAO can be found at gitcoindao.eth.

GTC allocated to the Gitcoin DAO will become available for distribution in equal monthly installments over the course of the next 2 years, meaning the full allocation will be unlocked by ~May 25th, 2023.

Gitcoin will utilize a fork of Compound’s governance framework, meaning all proposals feature a 1% minimum proposal threshold, a 2.5% quorum and require a 51% majority to pass.

Simply put, this means that in order for a vote to be proposed on-chain, the proposer must hold at least 1% of GTC tokens. In order for that vote to pass, at least 2.5% of the GTC supply must vote on the proposal with 51% of the votes in favor of the winning decision.

More information about GTC governance will be shared in a follow up post this week.

Stakeholders — 35,000,000 GTC (35%)

The remainder of the Gitcoin supply is allocated to stakeholders of Gitcoin Holdings.

This includes allocations to the team, investors, future employees and strategic partners of Gitcoin. Anyone who has contributed to building Gitcoin in the past, from 2017 to 2021, is included in this allocation. This includes the core team who created the product, brand and market plus the investors who have funded the core team to the tune of $5mm (2017-2021) and $11.3m (2021 & beyond).

All GTC allocated to Gitcoin’s team members are subject to a vesting schedule of at least two years. All GTC allocated to Gitcoin’s existing stakeholders are non-transferrable for at least 500 days, or longer if Gitcoin’s Board of Directors determines that a longer period is necessary to comply with regulatory or other applicable restrictions.

Quadratic Lands

Our end goal is to build what we call the Quadratic Lands — a digital ecosystem where digital democracy reigns, and public goods are funded handsomely. In Quadratic Lands, we hope to rewrite the rules of economic gravity and envision creating upward economic mobility for thousands of builders. Most importantly, Quadratic Lands is built by the community it serves – creating a positive feedback loop where everyday citizens are improving the digital communities where they live.

While Gitcoin DAO is an end in itself, it is also a means to another end: To chart a course to Quadratic Lands — a future-state where communities are empowered to build for the common good, and digital democracy reigns.

Quadratic Lands represents a destination where:

  1. There are numerous opportunities to create financial sovereignty while working side-by-side with people who share similar values.
  2. Individuals have sovereignty to make their own choices, but incentives are aligned for cooperation that generates both individual and community benefit.
  3. The economic infrastructure is a set of economic games with transparent rules that cannot be changed without community consent.
  4. The surface area of opportunity will increase exponentially as the tools compound upon each other.

Why Create Gitcoin DAO?

“The task before us is to align money with the true expression of our gifts.” – Charles Eisenstein

Consent of the governed is the only legitimate basis for governance. Gitcoin’s choice to decentralize our platform’s governance to a DAO will fully empower the community to govern itself.

Now that products like Gitcoin Grants have become a cornerstone of the Ethereum funding ecosystem, it’s extremely important that its ongoing development be managed directly by and for the Gitcoin community.

The launch of Gitcoin DAO is the first step towards an ongoing evolution of Gitcoin. As we grow from millions to billions of dollars allocated to digital public goods yearly, it is important for this process to be accomplished alongside the community actually contributing to these public goods. We want and need the community’s participation to ensure the impact these funds have are allocated in accordance with our collective goals.

In the coming months, we aspire to introduce new ways for GTC to influence sybil-resistance, grant curation, democratized open-source fund allocation, and create upward mobility for talented builders. For those keen to play an active role in making this future happen get involved in building Gitcoin DAO by joining us on Discord and finding an active workstream that resonates!

In the coming weeks, Gitcoin will release a suite of information on the finer details of all the above mentioned topics — none of which will be possible without the support of our community.

Until then, take a stroll through Quadratic Lands – your GTC awaits and the Gitcoin stewards are eager to earn your delegation!

And please remember — GTC has no economic value; it is a governance token used to oversee the Gitcoin ecosystem. It has no claim on financial rights.

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