Open source is built by individuals from around the world. While some are volunteers, students, or hobbyists, many are paid developers working for software vendors, consultants, or integrators.
On the organizational side, many popular projects join FOSS Foundations - typically non-profit organizations that serve as an independent home or fiscal sponsor for the project. Most Foundations handle legal, IP, fundraising, and infrastructure services for projects; other Foundations do more.
This site is being built as a resource for those wishing to research funding questions around FOSS Foundations.
TL;DR FOSS is a comprehensive high-level explanation of most open source concepts.
Who Pays For FOSS Foundations is a brief overview slide deck about how some major foundations are funded.
The Foundations Directory lists the most popular FOSS Foundations.
OSSFoundations List includes brief listings of a wide variety of software-related Foundations.
FOSS Governance collects governance and policy documents from many Foundations.
Nadia Eghbal’s lemonade-stand list of resources for how smaller FOSS groups can find funding.
NPO Public Filings is a GitLab repo with many tax forms for major FOSS Foundations already organized.
Most Open Source Foundations are non-profit organizations, which still file tax forms.
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