The Apache Software Foundation provides organizational, legal, and financial support for a broad range of open source software projects. The Foundation provides an established framework for intellectual property and financial contributions that simultaneously limits contributors potential legal exposure. Through a collaborative and meritocratic development process, Apache projects deliver enterprise-grade, freely available software products that attract large communities of users. The pragmatic Apache License makes it easy for all users, commercial and individual, to deploy Apache products.
A Associação SoftwareLivre.org (ASL) é uma associação civil sem fins-lucrativos, com sede em Porto Alegre/RS que reune empresários, profissionais liberais, estudantes e servidores públicos, estabelecendo relações com os mais diversos setores da sociedade como o poder público, universidades, empresas, grupos de usuários, hackers e ONGs. A ASL tem por principal objetivo tornar o software livre amplamente incluído na sociedade, propiciando espaço de discussão, apoio, fomento e organização de iniciativas nas mais diversas áreas relacionadas.
Benetech develops software and services to meet the needs of disadvantaged groups and the nonprofit organizations that serve disadvantaged communities. Its largest free and open source projects are Martus (www.martus.org), a suite of software projects supporting human rights data collection, and Miradi (www.miradi.org), project management software for environmental project leaders. Benetech generally develops applications and services for non-technical users, such as people working for nonprofit organizations and people with disabilities.
The BioBricks Foundation (BBF) is a not-for-profit organization founded by engineers and scientists from MIT, Harvard, and UCSF with significant experience in both non-profit and commercial biotechnology research. BBF encourages the development and responsible use of technologies based on BioBrick™ standard DNA parts that encode basic biological functions.
The Blender Foundation acts as an independent public benefit corporation, to facilitate the open source Blender projects.
BSD Fund is a United States 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist and fund BSD-related events, development and initiatives. BSD Fund raises money through direct donations and a rewards credit card that supports BSD with every purchase.
Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. We provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.
Development of Django is supported by an independent foundation established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Like most open-source foundations, the goal of the Django Foundation is to promote, support, and advance its open-source project: in our case, the Django Web framework.
Operating as a 501(c)(6) non-profit foundation, we work hard to provide just enough foundation to make great open-source projects succeed and be professional and trustworthy to their users, without bureaucracy or excessive process for projects and their contributors.
The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects and helps cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products and services.
El Centro de Software Libre (CSOL) tiene como misión fomentar un ecosistema sustentable para las tecnologías y conocimiento libres en Chile y América Latina.
EFF is a donor-funded nonprofit and depends on your support to continue successfully defending your digital rights.
The Free Knowledge Institute (FKI) is a non-profit organisation that fosters the free exchange of knowledge in all areas of society. Inspired by the Free Software movement, the FKI promotes freedom of use, modification, copying and distribution of knowledge in four different but highly related fields: education, technology, culture and science.
FOSSFA is the premier African FOSS organization, and was founded under the auspices of the Bamako Bureau of the African Information Society Initiative within the mandate given by African Governments in 1995 to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The Vision of FOSSFA is to promote the use of FOSS and the FOSS model in African development, and the organization supports the integration of FOSS in national policies. FOSSFA also coordinates, promotes, and adds value to African FOSS initiatives, creativity, industry, expertise, efforts and activities at all levels.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a 501(c)3 donor supported charity founded in 1985 and based in Boston, MA, USA. The FSF has a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users.
Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit and in some countries charitable organisation dedicated to Free Software. FSFE maintains that the freedoms to use, study, share and improve software are critical to ensure equal participation in the information age. We work to create general understanding and support for software freedom in politics, law and society-at-large. We also promote the development of technologies, such as the GNU/Linux operating system, that deliver these freedoms to all participants in digital society.
FSF India is a non-profit organisation committed to advocating, promoting and propagating the use and development of swatantra software in India. Our goal is to ensure the long term adoption of Free Software, and aim for the day when all software will be free. This includes educating people about software freedom and convincing them that it is the freedom that matters. We regard non-free software as a problem to be solved, not as a solution to any problem.
The Free Software Foundation Latin America (FSFLA) is an organization formed by people who strongly believe in Free Software, who got together in order to promote and defend the use and development of Free Software, and people's rights to use, study, copy, modify and redistribute software.
The FreeBSD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the FreeBSD Project. The Foundation gratefully accepts donations from individuals and businesses, using them to fund projects which further the development of the FreeBSD operating system. In addition, the Foundation can represent the FreeBSD Project in executing contracts, license agreements, and other legal arrangements which require a recognized legal entity. The FreeBSD Foundation is entirely supported by donations.
Los que integramos la Fundación Vía Libre estamos comprometidos con la difusión del conocimiento y el desarrollo sustentable. Los postulados del movimiento del Software Libre a nivel internacional iniciados a través de la Free Software Foundation, comprenden estas ideas que son de aplicación universal y por lo tanto sostenible en el ámbito de nuestro país.
In order to sustain the current quality and development swiftness the Gentoo project needs a framework for intellectual property protection and financial contributions while limiting the contributors' legal exposure. The Gentoo Foundation will embody this framework without intervening in the Gentoo development. This latter aspect should be seen as a clear separation between coordinating the Gentoo development and protecting Gentoo's assets. Both are distinct concepts requiring different skills and working methods.
The GNOME Foundation will work to further the goal of the GNOME project: to create a computing platform for use by the general public that is completely free software.
Identity Commons is a community of groups working together on the creation of an open identity and relationship layer for the internet while encouraging the development of healthy, interoperable communities. This challenge is not just technical and so we cover the whole range of social, legal and technical issues that arise.
Internet Systems Consortium, Inc. (ISC) is proud to be the producer and distributor of commercial quality Open Source software for the Internet Community and to offer world-class online and professional services based on our software. Since 1996 ISC has led the industry with the most complete reference standard implementation of DNS (BIND) software using a Managed Open Source model. ISC also provides production-quality reference implementations for other core protocols such as DHCP, and distributes other open-source software.
One of several foundations supporting PostgreSQL. ITPUG's mission is encouraging the development, the spread and the protection of software currently known as Open-Source database with the name of PostgreSQL, maintained by PostgreSQL Global Development Group (http://www.postgresql.org) and products related to it. Members of ITPUG are also members of PostgreSQL Europe.
The largest of several foundations supporting PostgreSQL. JPUG exists to promote development of, and training in, the PostgreSQL database system as well as funding several conferences throughout the year. They also certify PostgreSQL DBAs.
KDE e.V. is a registered non-profit organization that represents the KDE Project in legal and financial matters. The Association aids in creating and distributing KDE by securing cash, hardware, and other donations, then using donations to aid KDE development and promotion.
Linux Expo of Southern California is a 501(c)(3) organization that hosts various open source events in the Southern California region.
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the LF sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms.
Linux Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial and advisory support to the free and open software community. Linux Fund has given away over 3/4 million dollars to open source events and development since its founding in 1999 using funds earned by its line of rewards credit cards and direct donations.
Linux International, also known as LI, is a world-wide non-profit association of end users who are dedicated to furthering the acceptance and use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).
The LogiLogi Foundation wants to create interesting web-sites and communities that are truly yours.
The Mambo Foundation is a non-profit corporation registered in Victoria, Australia. The Foundation provides organisational, financial, infrastructure and legal support for the Mambo open source software project. The Mambo Foundation is membership-based and was formed to ensure that Mambo continues to develop beyond the participation of individual volunteers.
The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization that sponsors the Mozilla project and devotes its resources to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Internet. We do this by supporting the community of Mozilla contributors and by assisting others who are building technologies that benefit users around the world.
The NetBSD Foundation serves as the legal entity which owns several of the NetBSD Project servers, handles donations of money, services, hardware or time to the project, and administers NetBSD copyrights.
NLnet foundation financially supports organizations and people that contribute to an open information society. It funds software, events, educational activities and more.
NLnet Labs is a research and development group that focuses on those developments in Internet technology where bridges between theory and practical deployment need to be built; areas where engineering and standardization takes place.
The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we’re doing and want to help make education for the world’s children a priority, not a privilege.
OpenDoc Society brings together individuals and organisations with a stake or interest in the openness and future of documents to learn from each other and share knowledge - about core technologies, available tools, policy issues, transition strategies, legal aspects and of course the latest innovations. Whether you are a developer, publisher, decision maker, educator, vendor, IT manager, academic, writer, archivist or just an involved citizen - OpenDocSociety.org brings you together with interesting like-minded people to learn from and cooperate with.
Donations allow the OHF to support open hardware projects, free software, and open source causes and the Foundation's initial focus is to facilitate production of the OGD1 hardware prototype card. Yes, your donations can help assist our OGP graphic card developers to purchase and develop on an ODG1 development board. There is a bright yellow donate button on the OHF homepage. If you want to help toward building an open graphics card please use it frequently.
Open Health Tools is an open source community with a vision of enabling a ubiquitous ecosystem where members of the Health and IT professions can collaborate to build interoperable systems that enable patients and their care providers to have access to vital and reliable medical information at the time and place it is needed. Open Health Tools will generate a vibrant active ecosystem involving software product and service companies, medical equipment companies, health care providers, insurance companies, government health service agencies, and standards organizations.
OMNow supports free ways to create, to distribute and to display digital creative content. We are dedicated to the development, support and empowerment of an open media infrastructure for companies and individuals who desire more control over product technology and content. Our foundation opens the media market by actively developing operating system-agnostic and cross-platform solutions, and by conducting legislative research on media-related topics.
OSAF is a non-profit organization working on Chandler Project, a Note-to-Self Organizer designed for personal and small-group task management and calendaring. Chandler consists of a cross-platform desktop application (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux), the Chandler Hub Sharing Service and Chandler Server
We’re a meritocratic community of technology and policy geeks, developing open source guidelines, specifications, and prototypes of high assurance digital voting systems and services.
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. The foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community. It also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit. OSGeo also serves as an outreach and advocacy organization for the open source geospatial community, and provides a common forum and shared infrastructure for improving cross-project collaboration.
The Public Software Fund helps patrons of the software arts to fund software projects. First, by being a charitable public foundation with a charter of creating more public software, so that donations are tax-deductible. Second, by helping donors find implementors, and vice-versa. Third, by aggregating funding from multiple donors.
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open-source community.
The Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) is a non-profit (501(c)(6) organization comprised of corporate, government, academic and Open Source Community representatives whose mission is to promote the development and implementation of open-source software solutions within U.S. federal, state and municipal government agencies and academic entities.
The OpenBSD Foundation is a Canadian not-for-profit corporation which exists to support OpenBSD and related projects such as OpenSSH, OpenBGPD, OpenNTPD, and OpenCVS. While the foundation works in close cooperation with the developers of these wonderful free software projects, it is a separate entity.
The OpenID Foundation (OIDF) was formed in June 2007 to help promote, protect and enable the OpenID technologies and community. This entails managing intellectual property, brand marks as well as fostering viral growth and global participation in the proliferation of OpenID. The OIDF does not dictate the technical direction of OpenID; instead it will help enable and protect whatever is created by the community.
The Oregon State University Open Source Lab is the home of growing, high-impact open source communities. Its world-class hosting services enable the Linux operating system, Apache web server, the Drupal content management system and over 50 other leading open source software projects to collaborate with contributors and distribute software to millions of users globally. Through custom software development, vendor partnerships and industry events like the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON), the Lab's staff and students encourage open source adoption in education, government, health care and other sectors.
Parrot Foundation is a US (Washington State) non-profit foundation, incorporated to: Protect the intellectual property for the Parrot virtual machine, tools, libraries, and language implementations, while offering it for use under an open source license. Cultivate an open source community and encourage the growth of an ecosystem of tools, libraries, extensions, applications, and language implementations around Parrot. Support the development of Parrot and other Parrot community activities through events and grants, and provide essential technical, legal, and organizational infrastructure for the project.
The Participatory Culture Foundation is a Massachusetts based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Worcester, Massachusetts. Our mission is to create tools for broader, deeper engagement with culture and politics. We're working to ensure that the new mass medium of internet TV is open and independent, just like blogging and podcasting.
freenode provides discussion facilities for the Free and Open Source Software communities, for not-for-profit organizations and for related communities and organizations. In 1998, the network had about 200 users and less than 20 channels. Ten years down the line the network currently peaks at just over 50,000 users, freenode provides facilities to a variety of groups and organizations.
The Plone Foundation was formed in May 2004 to serve as a supporting organization for Plone. We provide support for the development and marketing of Plone, and are modeled after similar ventures such as the Apache Software Foundation. The Plone Foundation is the legal owner of the Plone codebase, trademarks, and domain names. Our goal is to ensure that Plone remains the premier open source content management system and that we broaden its acceptance and visibility.
This is one of several foundations which support the PostgreSQL project. PostgreSQL Brasil is an organization which holds several educational conferences and events related to the PostgreSQL database management system.
This is one of several foundations which support the PostgreSQL project. PostgreSQL Europe is an "umbrella group" for PostgreSQL User Groups in Europe and for users in regions that don't have a local user group. Our goal is to promote the use of PostgreSQL in Europe. We do this primarily by assisting local user groups to promote the product locally through conferences and other advocacy, as well as running European-wide conferences and other activities.
One of several foundations supporting PostgreSQL. The French PostgreSQL Association was created to promote the PostgreSQL database management system throughout the French-speaking countries. Its members are also all members of the PostgreSQL European Foundation.
One of several foundations supporting PostgreSQL. The United States PostgreSQL Association (PgUS) is a non profit (501(c)(3) pending) organization created to support PostgreSQL in the United States through user group development, conferences, educational initiatives and fun.
The Python Software Foundation (PSF) holds the intellectual property rights behind the Python programming language. We manage the open source licensing for Python version 2.1 and later and own and protect the trademarks associated with Python. We also run the North American PyCon conference annually, support other Python conferences around the world, and fund Python related development with our grants program and by funding special projects.
The Shuttleworth Foundation, founded by Mark Shuttleworth in 2001, is passionate about social development. The organisation drives social and policy innovation in the fields of education and technology, through policy dialogue and practical projects.
Software Freedom Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization that helps promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. Conservancy provides a non-profit home and infrastructure for FLOSS projects. This allows FLOSS developers to focus on what they do best — writing and improving FLOSS for the general public — while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that do not relate directly to software development and documentation.
We provide legal representation and other law-related services to protect and advance Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). Founded in 2005, the Center now represents many of the most important and well-established free software and open source projects.
SPI is a non-profit organization which was founded to help organizations develop and distribute open hardware and software. We encourage programmers to use any license that allows for the free modification, redistribution and use of software, and hardware developers to distribute documentation that will allow device drivers to be written for their product.
SoLAr es una organización que agrupa a usuarios y desarrolladores de software libre de Argentina, con el objetivo de generar un espacio de representación y promover las ventajas tecnológicas/sociales/políticas del software libre.
O Projeto Software Livre Brasil é uma iniciativa não governamental que reune instituições públicas e privadas do Brasil: poder público, universidades, empresários, grupos de usuários, hackers, ONG's.
Centro de conocimiento e información acerca del avance del Movimiento del Software y el Conocimiento Libre bajo una dinámica de construcción colaborativa.
The Subversion Corporation is a non-profit stewardship organization formed to hold and defend the copyrights and trademarks of the open source version control software Subversion®.
The TeX Users Group (TUG) was founded in 1980 for educational and scientific purposes, to provide an organization for those who have an interest in typography and font design, and are users of the TeX typesetting system invented by Donald Knuth.
TOPP is a technology-driven social enterprise. Our projects leverage the Web to create a more open, engaged society.
The Perl Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of the Perl programming language through open discussion, collaboration, design, and code.
The Software Conservancy is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of California. Its primary role is to serve as an independent, neutral organization to hold copyright to open source or free software source code and to fulfill related functions with respect to public software development projects creating such code.
The name "Twisted Software Foundation" is a reference of convenience to our legal non-profit status through the Software Freedom Conservancy. The Conservancy has allowed us to pool organizational resources with other projects, such as Inkscape, Samba, and Wine, in order to reduce the management overhead associated with creating our own, dedicated legal entity.
The main goal of the TYPO3 Association is to support core development on a more steady basis and improve the transparency and efficiency of various aspects of the TYPO3 project.
The Wikimedia Foundation Inc. is the parent organization of various free-content projects, most notably Wikipedia, the award-winning online encyclopedia.
The Wikiotics Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making an interactive language instruction system that is freely licensed and freely available to anyone online. Our major activities include developing custom free software for collaborative language instruction and running the https://wikiotics.org community site where teachers and students from all over the world can come together to build high quality language instruction materials.
The X.Org Foundation is the educational non-profit corporation whose Board serves the X.Org effort, and whose Members lead this work.
The Xiph.Org Foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to protecting the foundations of Internet multimedia from control by private interests. Our purpose is to support and develop free, open protocols and software to serve the public, developer and business markets.
The XMPP Standards Foundation (formerly the Jabber Software Foundation) is an independent, nonprofit standards development organization whose primary mission is to define open protocols for presence, instant messaging, and real-time communication and collaboration on top of the IETF's Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). The XSF also provides information and infrastructure to the worldwide community of Jabber/XMPP developers, service providers, and end users. Although our elected members and self-selected sponsors provide a legal and financial basis for the organization, the XSF not a closed industry consortium but instead is a completely open and transparent standards development organization in which any interested individual may freely participate. Furthermore, our developer-friendly standards process avoids design by committee and places a premium on the values that built the Internet in the first place: rough consensus and running code.
The Zope Foundation has the goal to promote, maintain, and develop the Zope platform. It does this by supporting the Zope community. Our community includes the open source community of contributors to the Zope software, contributors to the documentation and web infrastructure, as well as the community of businesses and organizations that use Zope.