Much of the independent web relies on Patreon to organize financial support.
The good folks at @comradery are building an ethical alternative as a co-op.
One of their rules is "no bosses, no cops". It's not meant for businesses (even nonprofits like the one I work for) but for independent creators, workers, activists, and co-ops.
If that could be a good fit for anything you our your friends are doing, maybe give them a follow here to stay updated as they're building the platform!
I am involved with the Snowdrift project (as part of their volunteer board). Snowdrift is focused on works under free/libre/open licenses. Closer to Liberapay, but with a co-op governance structure & a "crowdmatching" approach where you can match other people's contributions as they join.
It's also doesn't have live projects yet and is (tbqh) very slow going as a pure volunteer effort. Comradery is closer to being usable today, with >20 projects already on the platform.
A Fediverse instance for people interested in cooperative and collective projects.