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<h2>Conservancy's Fundraising Campaign For Non-Profit Accounting Software</h2>
 
<h2>Fundraising Campaign: Non-Profit Accounting Software</h2>
 

	
 
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<h3>Summary</h3>
 

	
 
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<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 

	
 
<p>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 &mdash; writing and improving FLOSS for the
 
  general public &mdash; while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that
 
  do not relate directly to software development and documentation.</p>
 
<p>Please help all non-profit organizations (NPOs) by <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/campaign">donating</a> to Conservancy
 
to begin creating an Open Source and Free Software accounting system usable by non-technical bookkeepers,
 
accountants, and non-profit managers.</p>
 

	
 
<p>To keep books and produce annual government filings, NPOs must
 
maintain complicated home grown systems. Most use proprietary 
 
software, paying exorbitant licensing fees &mdash; fundamentally at cross purposes with their underlying missions of
 
charity, equality, democracy, and sharing.</p>
 

	
 
<p>You can help Conservancy fix this problem by <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/campaign">donating now</a>.  We seek to
 
raise $75,000 to employ a 
 
developer one year to make substantial progress on this project.</p>
 

	
 
<p>If successful, this project will save the non-profit sector many
 
millions every year in licensing fees.  Even non-profits that continue to use proprietary accounting
 
software will benefit, since the existence of quality Open Source and Free
 
  Software for a particular task curtails predatory behavior by proprietary
 
  software companies, and creates a new standard of comparison.</p>
 

	
 
<p>But, more powerfully, this project's realization
 
will increase the agility and collaborative potential
 
for the non-profit sector &mdash; a boon to funders, boards, employees, and the 
 
populations they serve &mdash;  bringing the Free Software and general NPO communities
 
into closer collaboration and understanding.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Thanks in advance for <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/campaign">helping us</a> develop Free Software to benefit all
 
non-profit organizations, and thus all of society.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Donors of $500 or more will be acknowledged in the THANKS file and other
 
  appropriate places in the codebase itself.</p>
 

	
 
<p><a href="http://sfconservancy.org/campaign#endorsements">Endorsers of this effort</a> include Fractured Atlas, Free Software
 
Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, GNOME Foundation, OpenHatch, Open
 
Source Initiative, QuestionCopyright.org, and Software in the Public
 
Interest; all encourage you to <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/campaign">donate and support it</a>.</p>
 

	
 

	
 
<h3>Background</h3>
 

	
 
<p>Like many non-profit organizations (NPOs) in the USA, Conservancy's
 
  financial accounts are audited annually by an independent accounting firm;
 
  we recently completed our fiscal year 2011 audit.  As usual, our auditors
 
  asked plenty of questions about our accounting software.  Conservancy uses
 
  only Free Software, of course, using a series of straightforward reporting
 
  scripts that we created to run on top
 
  of <a href="http://www.ledger-cli.org/">Ledger CLI</a>. (Conservancy's
 
  current configuration using Ledger CLI
 
  is <a href="https://gitorious.org/ledger/npo-ledger-cli">publicly
 
  documented and explained</a>).</p>
 

	
 
<p>Our auditors were only familiar with proprietary accounting systems, and
 
  our system seemed foreign to them (since it relies on Ledger CLI's text files, Emacs and
 
  version control).  During their questions
 
  about our setup, we asked them to hypothetically prescribe a specific
 
  proprietary software setup as a model for how to manage Conservancy's
 
  accounts.  Our chief auditor started by mentioning a few well-known
 
  proprietary solutions &mdash; but, then he paused and continued &mdash; <q>Given
 
  that Conservancy's a fiscal sponsor with so many temporarily restricted
 
  accounts, existing systems really wouldn't do that good of a job for
 
  you</q>.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Indeed, Conservancy reached out into the broader fiscal sponsorship
 
  community beyond the <acronym title="Free, Libre and Open Source Software">FLOSS</acronym>
 
  <acronym title="Non-profit Organization">NPO</acronym> community and discovered that many larger fiscal sponsors &mdash; even
 
  those willing to use proprietary components &mdash; have cobbled together
 
  their own unique systems, idiosyncratically tailored to their specific
 
  environments.  Thus, good, well-designed, and reusable accounting software
 
  for non-profit fiscal sponsorship is not just missing in the software
 
  freedom community; it's missing altogether.</p>
 

	
 

	
 
<p>The project that Conservancy proposes to undertake below is a modest step
 
  forward to begin creating a better solution for everyone, and 
 
  <a href="#quotes">many NPO leaders and academics agree</a> with Conservancy about the
 
  immediate need for work to begin on this
 
  effort.  <a href="https://www.fracturedatlas.org">Fractured Atlas</a>, <a href="http://fsf.org">Free Software
 
  Foundation</a>, The <a href="https://www.mozilla.org/foundation/">Mozilla
 
Foundation</a>, The <a href="http://www.gnome.org/foundation/">GNOME Foundation</a>,  <a
 
        href="https://openhatch.org/">OpenHatch</a>, <a href="http://opensource.org">Open Source Initiative</a>,
 
  <a href="http://QuestionCopyright.org">QuestionCopyright.org</a>, and <a href="http://www.spi-inc.org/">Software in the Public Interest</a> have
 
  <a id="endorsements" style="text-decoration:none">all endorsed</a> Conservancy's plan herein, and they encourage you to donate and
 
  support it.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Conservancy is uniquely qualified to undertake this task.  Using only Free
 
  Software, Conservancy already meets the complex accounting challenges of
 
  earmarked, directed donations for over thirty different projects.  We've
 
  learned much about this work in our first seven years of
 
  operation, and we're prepared to apply what we've learned to solve
 
  this problem not just for ourselves, but for anyone who seeks a
 
  solution that both respects software freedom and handles non-profit
 
  accounting for all sorts of NPOs, including fiscal sponsors.  General NPO
 
  accounting is just a &ldquo;base case&rdquo; of fiscal sponsorship (i.e.,
 
  an NPO is just a fiscal sponsor for one and only one specific project),
 
  and Conservancy therefore believes a solution that handles fiscal sponsors
 
  will also handle the simpler case as well.</p>
 

	
 
<h3>The Plan</h3>
 

	
 
<p>Conservancy proposes to hire a software developer for one year to
 
  accomplish the first two phases of this project.  Conservancy seeks to
 
  raise $75,000 toward this project to help cover salary and benefits for a
 
  full-time staffer to work on this project.  We ask that you give generously
 
  via the donation buttons on this page to support our work.</p>
 

	
 
<h4>Phase 0</h4>
 

	
 
<p>Some Free Software accounting systems do exist.  A previous informal
 
  survey of these systems that Conservancy conducted in 2007 led us to the
 
  conclusion that, in general, these systems were heavily geared toward
 
  for-profit endeavors, and ignored the unique needs of NPOs generally, and
 
  were completely hopeless for the specific needs of a fiscal sponsoring
 
  organization.  Conservancy's assessment at the time was that these
 
  challenges could be addressed only with a large rewrite of one of these
 
  systems.  Conservancy chose
 
  <a href="http://www.ledger-cli.org/">Ledger CLI</a> precisely because
 
  it provided flexibility and configurability not present in any other Free Software
 
  double-entry accounting system.</p>
 

	
 
<p>However, while that previous informal survey informs Conservancy's
 
  existing hypothesis that Ledger CLI is the right base system here,
 
  Conservancy will first test that hypothesis.  The first phase of this
 
  project (estimated to last approximately 6-8 full-time weeks) will produce
 
  a written survey of all known Free Software accounting systems, and
 
  indicate what challenges exist to adapt such systems for the needs of
 
  NPOs.  The <a href="https://fsf.org/">Free Software Foundation</a> has
 
  pledged their help in the evaluation of SQL-Ledger,
 
  and <a href="http://www.gnome.org/foundation/">the GNOME Foundation</a> has pledged their
 
  help in the evaluation of <a href="http://www.gnucash.org/">GNUcash</a> (which they
 
  currently use, respectively).</p>
 

	
 
<h4>Phase 1</h4>
 

	
 
<p>Phase 1 of the project will select the preferred codebase from Phase 0,
 
  and improve that system to create a basic accounting system for
 
  small-to-medium sized USA NPOs (i.e., Form 990-filers) &mdash; including fiscal
 
  sponsors &mdash; with the following features:
 
<ul>
 
<li>Basic accounts payable/receivable (with invoicing)</li>
 
<li>Tracking and reporting of non-profit income types (related business
 
  income, unrelated business taxable income, donations, etc.)</li>
 
<li>Basic backup documentation tracking for expenses and payments</li>
 
<li>Basic bank statement reconciliation reporting</li>
 
<li>Basic annual audit preparation reporting
 
  (a <a href="https://github.com/ledger/ledger/tree/next/contrib/non-profit-audit-reports">prototype
 
  of this portion is already complete</a> and has been relied on for
 
  real-life audits; but the prototype is just a hack and needs to be
 
  rewritten)</li>
 
<li>Ability to easily handle all these features on a project-by-project
 
  subset of the accounts, and to easily export and excise that subset from
 
  the system. (i.e., support for temporarily restricted assets, earmarked for
 
  fiscal-sponsored projects)</li>
 
<li>Multi-currency support and reporting</li>
 
</ul>
 
</p>
 

	
 
<p>We will consider the first year of this project successful <em>only if all these
 
  functions can be performed by a bookkeeper who is generally qualified as a
 
  bookkeeper</em>, but not necessarily familiar with standard Free Software tools
 
  such as GNU/Linux, Emacs, version control, and command line scripts.  This
 
  requirement is essential: Conservancy's existing system using Ledger CLI
 
  already provides sufficient functionality to manage non-profit accounting,
 
  but our system requires a bookkeeper who is also adept with the
 
  aforementioned tools already.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Finally, while the first year of work focuses on USA NPO needs,
 
  Conservancy seeks to lead an international effort, and welcomes
 
  contributions and input from everyone in the non-profit community from
 
  around the world.  Conservancy has created
 
  a <a href="http://lists.sfconservancy.org/mailman/listinfo/npo-accounting">mailing
 
  list for discussion of this project</a> and encourages interested parties
 
  from around the world to join the mailing list and contribute to the
 
  project!</p>
 
  
 
<h3>Why Conservancy Must Fund This Work</h3>
 

	
 
<p>As it stands, nearly all Open Source and Free Software NPOs either use
 
  proprietary software, or fully outsource their bookkeeping and accounting
 
  to third-parties.  Those that don't do so (such as Conservancy and the Free
 
  Software Foundation) have long complained that existing Free Software in
 
  this area is inadequate, and have been forced to develop customized,
 
  one-off solutions in-house to make the systems work.</p>
 

	
 
<p>It's highly unlikely that the for-profit sector will adapt existing Free
 
  Software accounting systems to meet the differing needs of NPOs (let alone
 
  the more complex needs of fiscal sponsors; based on
 
  advice from our auditors and other fiscal sponsors, Conservancy understands that <em>no existing
 
  solution &mdash; proprietary or Free &mdash; meets the requirements of fiscal sponsorship accounting</em>).  Fiscal sponsors like
 
  Conservancy must track a separate set of books for every project, keeping
 
  in mind that a project may leave at any time to another NPO and need to take
 
  their books with them.  Yet, the books of the entire organization are the
 
  aggregate of the books of all these projects, and internally, they need to
 
  be presented as a single set of books for those purposes.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Meanwhile, even if an organization is not a fiscal sponsor, non-profit
 
  accounting is <em>just different</em> than for-profit accounting, particularly in
 
  the USA.  For example, for-profit-oriented systems often make problematic
 
  assumptions about the workflow of accounting tasks (often because NPOs
 
  rely primarily on donations, rather than fee-for-service or widget-selling
 
  income).  Also, non-profit income is categorized differently than
 
  for-profit income, and the reporting requirements vary wildly from their
 
  for-profit equivalents.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Conservancy's existing system is working adequately, but requires daily
 
  the relatively more expensive time of a highly technical person to do the
 
  job of bookkeeping.  Also, the system cannot easily be adapted in its
 
  current form for another NPO, unless they also have the staff time of a
 
  skilled technical person to act as bookkeeper.  This project aims to build
 
  on what Conservancy has learned and produce a non-profit accounting system
 
  that corrects these flaws.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Finally, Conservancy's mission (as stated
 
on <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/docs/conservancy_Form-1023.pdf">our Form
 
1023 with the USA IRS</a>) includes producing Open Source and Free Software.
 
Thus, this project is a great way to meet Conservancy's mission and address a
 
specific need that so many NPOs (including us) have.  If no one steps up to create Free Software to replace the widely used
 
proprietary software, NPOs in aggregate will pay <em>much more</em> money for
 
proprietary licensing than Conservancy will ever spend in developing a
 
replacement. Please donate
 
generously to help us do it!</p>
 

	
 

	
 
<h3><a id="quotes" style="text-decoration:none">Statements of Support</a> For This Project from Others</h3>
 

	
 
<p><q>As a national fiscal sponsor with over 3,000 arts and cultural projects
 
under our umbrella, Fractured Atlas is ecstatic about this effort's
 
potential. After 15 years wrestling with Quickbooks and other inadequate
 
options, the idea of an open source tool designed specifically for this niche
 
of the field is beyond welcome. We wholeheartedly support the Conservancy's
 
work on this front and look forward to seeing where it leads.</q> &mdash;
 
<a href="https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/bios/staff/1/Adam%20Forest_Huttler">Adam
 
  Huttler</a>, Executive Director, <a href="https://www.fracturedatlas.org">Fractured Atlas</a></p>
 

	
 
<p><q><a href="http://QuestionCopyright.org">QuestionCopyright.org</a> is
 
just one of many organizations that would benefit from a Free Software
 
accounting system that is useable by non-technical people.  We
 
enthusiastically support the Conservancy's campaign to create one, and look
 
forward to using the result.</q>
 
&mdash; <a href="http://questioncopyright.org/speakers/karl_fogel">Karl
 
Fogel</a>, Executive Director,
 
  <a href="http://QuestionCopyright.org">QuestionCopyright.org</a></p>
 

	
 
<p><q>As a fiscal sponsor organization with over 30 currently-associated Free
 
Software projects, Software in the Public Interest shares the Conservancy's
 
needs and interests in this area, and welcome the opportunity to collaborate
 
on the development of a Free Software solution to our accounting needs.</q>
 
&mdash; Bdale Garbee, President,  <a href="http://www.spi-inc.org/">Software
 
    in the Public Interest</a></p>
 

	
 
<p><q>Open Source accounting software specifically tailored for non-profits
 
    will fill a pretty large need.</q>
 
    &mdash; <a href="http://wagner.nyu.edu/calabrese">Thad Calabrese</a>,
 
    Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
 
    at <a href="http://wagner.nyu.edu/">NYU Wagner</a>, and co-author
 
    of <cite>Financial Management for Public, Health, and Not-for-Profit
 
    Organizations, 4th Edition</cite>.</p>
 

	
 
<p><q>Creating free software specifically designed to address the needs of
 
nonprofits is a laudable goal and one that Conservancy is extremely well
 
positioned to achieve.</q>  &mdash; <a href="http://gnomg.org">Karen
 
Sandler</a>, Executive
 
Director, The <a href="http://www.gnome.org/foundation/">GNOME Foundation</a></p>
 

	
 
<p><q>The Open Source Initiative has shared the experiences of Software
 
     Freedom Conservancy in navigating the financial management needs of
 
     non-profit organisations and shares their concern. We have many NPOs as
 
     members and we welcome this useful initiative by Conservancy.</q>
 
     &mdash; Simon Phipps, <a href="http://opensource.org">Open Source
 
     Initiative</a></p>
 

	
 
<p><q>The <a href="https://fsf.org/">Free Software Foundation</a> is committed to doing all of its work,
 
both public-facing and internal, using only free software. We are thankful to
 
the developers of SQL Ledger for providing the accounting software that has
 
served us well for many years. As we have grown, so have the complexities of
 
our finances.  Because of our own needs and our mission to help other
 
organizations &mdash; both inside and outside of the technology sphere
 
&mdash; run their operations on exclusively free software, we wholeheartedly
 
support this Conservancy initiative.</q> &mdash; <a href="view-source:http://www.fsf.org/about/staff-and-board#johns">John Sullivan</a>, Executive
 
Director, <a href="https://fsf.org">Free Software Foundation</a></p>
 

	
 
<p><q>Open source is a great way to solve new problems and make software that
 
is more flexible and responsive to the needs of the people who use it. That's
 
as true for the finance industry as it is on the web.</q>
 
&mdash; <a href="http://blog.mozilla.org/press/bios/mark-surman/">Mark
 
Surman</a>, Executive
 
Director, <a href="https://www.mozilla.org/foundation/">Mozilla
 
Foundation</a></p>
 

	
 
<p><q>As a young free software non-profit, OpenHatch is thrilled to see this
 
effort; it would let us spend more of our time on programs and less on
 
paperwork.  I have already personally donated.</q> &mdash; Asheesh Laroia,
 
Executive Director, <a href="https://openhatch.org/">OpenHatch</a>.</p>
 

	
 
<h3>Some Important Details for this Fundraiser</h3>
 

	
 
<ul>
 
<li>Donations made are general donations to the Software Freedom
 
  Conservancy, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity incorporated in New York.
 
  Conservancy is committed to doing this work described herein, but cannot
 
  promise to complete the work if the fundraising goal is not reached.  If
 
  the fundraising goal is not reached, Conservancy will do its best to make
 
  progress on the plan above with the resources available.  It's expected
 
  that work will simply proceed, but more slowly and take more time, if the
 
  fundraising goal is not reached.</li>
 

	
 
<li>The license for the project is not yet chosen, since Phase 0 might
 
  prescribe contribution to particular upstream projects, and Conservancy is
 
  committed to contributing to upstream projects under their chosen license,
 
  where possible.  However, Conservancy promises that all software that is
 
  written will be released under a license that is both approved by
 
  the <a href="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#GPLCompatibleLicenses">FSF as a Free
 
  Software license</a> <strong>and</strong> by the OSI as
 
  an <a href="http://opensource.org/licenses">OSI-approved license</a>.  New
 
  documentation that is written will be released under some license
 
  compatible with <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/">CC BY-SA 3.0 USA</a>.</li>
 

	
 
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