Kobo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States.

Kobo is sustained financially through partnerships and service agreements with other organizations, as well as through grants from private foundations.

We also depend on donations from our users and private donors to help keep KoboToolbox free. With your support, we can continue to provide reliable, secure, and high quality data tools to users around the world—especially organizations in low-income countries. Make a donation today.


Kobo provides contracted program services to organizations looking to update or modify the KoboToolbox. Completed updates and modifications become part of the KoboToolbox open source code.


In 2021, program services provided 100% of Kobo’s support and revenue for the year. Program service revenue included conditional contributions of $521k and service contract revenue of $70k for 2021.


Kobo’s program service costs accounted for 96% of total expenses in 2021. In other words, ninety-six cents of every dollar were spent on program services during the year. The remaining 4% was used for management and general expenses.


In 2021, Kobo’s largest expense was contractor fees which accounted for 84% of total expenses for the year. This was followed by server hosting fees which accounted for 12% of total expenses. Both contractor and server hosting fees are essential for building, maintaining, and securely hosting the KoboToolbox.


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