What is the Foundation collection?
Before we launched Collections — which allows for creators to deploy their own smart contracts — every artist on Foundation minted NFTs to a shared smart contract. The shared contract is also known as the Foundation collection, and now houses thousands of works from artists all over the world. All NFTs that were minted to that contract will be kept there forever, and can be viewed on Etherscan.
Learn more about how to create a collection.
What is the difference between “the Foundation collection” and “Collections”?
The Foundation collection is our shared contract — all works minted to the contract will be kept there and can be viewed on Etherscan.
Collections are smart contracts that creators deploy themselves — creators are empowered to create their own smart contracts and mint NFTs directly to those contracts, instead of minting works to our platform’s shared contract. Creating Collections this way ensures that your work is fully and entirely yours.
Why is minting access to the Foundation Collection closed?
Creators now deploy their own smart contracts to Collections on Foundation. We believe that artists should own their smart contracts and mint NFTs directly to those contracts, instead of minting to Foundation's shared contract.
When was the last day to mint NFTs to the Foundation Collection?
January 28, 2022.
How can I create a collection on Foundation?
On Foundation, Collections are smart contracts - you can think of Collections as folders that give you creative control over how you want to organize all of your NFTs on the blockchain. Your Collections give you full ownership to your NFTs.
Once you’ve created your Foundation profile, you'll have access to deploy a smart contract and create as many Collections as you’d like on Foundation - here's our helpful How to create a collection and mint an NFT on Foundation.
How can I mint an NFT to my collection?
Learn how to create a collection and mint an NFT on Foundation.
Can I change the name or symbol of my collection?
When you create a Collection on Foundation, your Collection name and symbol are recorded on the blockchain to create your smart contract – these cannot be changed later.
If you’d like a new Collection name or symbol, you’ll need to destroy that contract, and create a new one, which will incur gas fees.
Can I change the order of the artworks in my collection?
At this time, we do not have the ability to rearrange collection artworks. We recommend minting your artworks in the order that you would like them to appear on the collection page.
The default sort order is newest to oldest, so you'll want to mint your works in reverse order if you'll be relying on that sort order.
Is there a limit to how many Collections I can create?
Nope! You can create as many Collections as you’d like based on how you want to group your works together — 1 NFT per collection is fine as well!
Can I move NFTs from the Foundation collection to my own Collection?
Works originally minted to the Foundation collection can not be added to new Collections. With Collections, only works that were minted directly to each smart contract can be included in the grouping.
Where will the NFTs I minted to the Foundation collection appear on my profile?
Your NFTs will appear on your profile under the “Created” tab. We are currently working to release an update to profile pages on Foundation.
Can I still list NFTs for auction that were previously minted to the Foundation collection?
Will I still receive royalties for NFTs previously minted to the Foundation collection?
Yes, with the one exception being for OpenSea at this current time. Read more here.
What will happen to the NFTs in the Foundation collection?
Nothing will change. We have only closed access for new works to be minted into the Foundation collection. All works previously minted to that contract will be kept there and can be viewed on Etherscan.
Does Foundation have a public API for Collections?
Foundation does not have a public API for any products or content surfaced on Foundation.
Are there additional gas fees for using collections on Foundation?
A one time gas fee will need to be paid in order to deploy your smart contract and add it to the Ethereum blockchain.
Does Foundation support contracts created with Manifold?
Yes! Contracts created with Manifold should be visible on your Foundation profile within a few hours of minting, without any additional actions on your side. If you're experiencing any issues here, you can reach out to Foundation Support and we'll be glad to help.