Funding and Promoting Software Freedom Development via Non-Profits

A session at LinuxCon North America 2012

  • Bradley M. Kuhn

Wednesday 29th August, 2012

11:40am to 12:25pm (PST)

Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) began as a non-profit endeavor. FLOSS licenses permit commercial and non-commercial activity; however, the heart of FLOSS remains in the not-for-profit space. A non-profit organizational structure can not only take care of the administrative parts of FLOSS, but can also provide a conduit to raise funds for developers to improve the software and documentation.

This talk introduces software developers and project leaders to the benefits of non-profit structure for their FLOSS projects, including explaining the primary two methods of achieving non-profit status: creating your own organization, or joining an existing non-profit "fiscal sponsor" who handles the project's non-profit activity. Finally, the talk will explain the various benefits of non-profit status, including raising money to fund new Free Software development.

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Bradley M. Kuhn

Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy

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Time 11:40am12:25pm PST

Date Wed 29th August 2012

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