Free/Libre/Open Source Software Foundations

In January 2005, David Ascher, Brad Kuhn, Allison Randal, Sam Ruby, and a handful of others met to talk about Perl. As usually happens, they ended up talking about a great deal more than just Perl. As they talked they realized that the PSF, ASF, FSF, and TPF are all doing similar things in various different ways. Some ways are more efficient than others, some are easier to maintain, and some don't quite work but people keep doing them because they haven't found a better way. They found it incredibly valuable to share their experiences, their plans, their hopes, their disappointments. So valuable, that they decided to invite a larger group to join them in a series of meetings focused on FLOSS community leadership. From these small beginnings, we've grown to a group of 150 members representing over 50 different open source organizations and projects.

FOSDEM 2013

The face-to-face meetings are a place for the people who try to Get Stuff Done at various open source projects and non-profits around open source to congregate, share information, and pick each others' brains.

The restaurant is now heading towards full. I've created a standby list - basically, if you're not on the list and want to eat with us, please let me know, turn up, have a drink with us before dinner, and if there's a spare seat at 8:30 (or we can fit in an extra two or three chairs) you're welcome to stay.

When and Where:

Friday 8:00pm, restaurant Les Chapeliers, Rue des Chapeliers 3, 1000 Brussels, Belgium (we'll order food at 8:30pm) at FOSDEM 2013.

Should I Start A Non-Profit Organization (NPO) for my FLOSS Project?

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

Meet the Funders Planning Page

Purpose: Spread the word about free software among the large foundations that fund nonprofit work.

The plan:

Hold a "Meet the Funders" Event.

  • Have two events, one in the Bay area (target companies and some Foundations) and one in the New York City area (target Foundations like the Ford Foundation.)
  • Have one of the funders open the event.

OSCON 2009

The face-to-face meetings are a place for the people who try to Get Stuff Done at various open source projects and non-profits around open source to congregate, share information, and pick each others' brains. This year we will meet in July in San Jose California (USA). The meeting will be held on the Sunday and Monday before OSCON 2009, partly overlapping and in co-operation with the Community Leadership Summit being organised by Jono Bacon.

FLOSS Foundations Software Project

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. The FSF Wiki on non-profit management software may also be of interest.

Best of the Foundations mailing list

Over the years, many subjects have come up on the foundations mailing list which have resulted in discussion, argument and shared experiences. This page is a link to the origin of those mailing list discussions in the archives, with the general topic of the discussion. Ideally, we would have pages summarising these discussions into a coherent whole. We could turn it into a book ;) This list is up to date as of April 2008.

FLOSS Foundations at OSCON 2008

The face-to-face meetings are a place for the people who try to Get Stuff Done at various open source projects and non-profits around open source to congregate, share information, and pick each others' brains. This year we met July 19th and 20th in Portland, Oregon (USA). The meeting will be held immediately before OSCON, at the Oregon Convention Center in room D132.

Read the notes.

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