From these small beginnings, we've grown to a group of 300 members representing over 50 different free software and open source organizations and projects. The FLOSS Foundations group is intentionally not an incorporated entity. Instead, it's a forum and a resource for "people who get stuff done" to join, get in contact, and tap the collective knowledge and experience of others in similar roles across the FLOSS community. The mailing list has seen a great deal of discussion over its lifetime, covering a broad range of topics including reasons to create an entity for a FLOSS project and reasons not to, fundraising, who a good lawyer might be, event planning gotchas and codes-of-conduct, social protection for foundation employees, good trademark policies, contribution policies, and fostering diversity.
The process for joining the group is simple: just join the mailing list.
Should I Start A Non-Profit Organization (NPO) for my FLOSS Project?
Most FLOSS projects probably *could* benefit from the structure and services
that a NPO could provide. However, whether or not you need to start your own
NPO to gain these services is a different question. We'll try to address both
issues in this document.
TYPICAL BENEFITS OF NPO EXISTENCE FOR FLOSS PROJECTS
- Ability to raise funds more easily/effectively
- They can give donors a tax benefit, and avoiding taxes on funds raised
- It may help them create a governance structure
Purpose: Spread the word about free software among the large foundations that fund nonprofit work.
Hold a "Meet the Funders" Event.
FLOSS Foundations spawned off a software project (of sorts). If you are interested in software systems to help in the management of non-profit organizations, join the Foundations Software list.