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Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin Street
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
tel: (617) 542-5942
fax: (617) 542-2652
EIN: 04-2888848

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Board Leadership

Richard M. Stallman


John Sullivan
Executive Director

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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Free Software Foundation

Fighting for essential freedoms for computer users

(out of 100)
Overall 97.76 4 stars
  Financial 96.84 4 stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 4 stars
This rating was published 12/22/2015 using data for FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial Performance Metrics (Data from FY2014 990)
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
  Administrative Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Primary Revenue Growth 9.8%
  Program Expenses Growth 6.5%
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.07
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Free Software Foundation on the FY2014 990 they filed with the IRS

Income Statement     (FYE 09/2014)

   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $396,551
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $713,597
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,110,148
   Program Service Revenue $3,902
Total Primary Revenue $1,114,050
   Other Revenue $74,268
TOTAL REVENUE $1,188,318
   Program Expenses $946,119
   Administrative Expenses $95,026
   Fundraising Expenses $95,248
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $51,925
Net Assets $1,225,761


Compensation of Leaders     (FYE 09/2014)

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$87,542 7.70% John Sullivan Executive Director


The Free Software Foundation (FSF), founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' rights to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free software, particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants - and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software. Current projects include GPL Version 3; the GPL Compliance Lab; the Free Software Directory; and Savannah, software development services provided to free software developers around the world. Additionally, FSF is committed to furthering the development of the GNU Operating System, providing development systems for GNU software maintainers.

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