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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Free Software Foundation

Fighting for essential freedoms for computer users

100.00

51 Franklin Street 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
tel: (617) 542-5942   Web Site
EIN: 04-2888848

Board Leadership
Geoffrey Knauth
President

CEO
Zoë Kooyman
Executive Director

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 100.00
  Financial 100.00
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

Financial

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
88.4%
  Administrative Expenses 6.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.10
  Program Expenses Growth 12.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Free Software Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Free Software Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Free Software Foundation (MA) 100.00
Advocates International (VA) 96.28
FreedomWorks Foundation (DC) 88.50
Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CA) 85.57
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (DC) 94.98

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,383,003
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $708,016
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,091,019
   Program Service Revenue $1,700
Total Primary Revenue $2,092,719
   Other Revenue $90,751
TOTAL REVENUE $2,183,470
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,503,579
   Administrative Expenses $102,165
   Fundraising Expenses $81,779
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,687,523
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $495,947
   
Net Assets $3,071,502

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Education and Outreach Program $705,596 46.9%
License Education Program $382,343 25.4%
GNU Project $315,809 21.0%

Ratings History
Free Software Foundation has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 02/01/2021 100.00
2018-09 02/01/2020 98.55
2017-09 04/01/2019 96.66
2016-09 03/01/2018 97.15
2015-09 03/01/2017 99.57
2014-09 06/01/2016 98.18
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/22/2015 97.76
2013-09 05/01/2015 95.59
2012-09 10/01/2013 91.47
2011-09 06/01/2012 88.23
2010-09 02/01/2012 91.79
2010-09 12/23/2011 91.31
2010-09 09/20/2011 84.25
 
CN 1.0
2010-09 07/01/2011 83.12
2009-09 02/01/2011 84.27
2008-09 09/01/2009 93.09
2007-09 11/01/2008 89.55
2006-09 08/01/2007 92.83
2005-09 12/01/2006 87.21
2004-09 10/01/2005 82.57

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 04-2888848
Name in IRS Master File FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing activities
(199) Other scientific research activities
(92) Literary activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date May, 1986
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$99,507 5.89% John Sullivan Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Free Software Foundation (MA) 100.00
Highlander Research and Education Center (TN) 89.39
Texas Civil Rights Project (TX) 95.97
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger (CA) 88.80
Centurion Ministries (NJ) 95.09

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Charity Contact Info

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

Geoffrey Knauth
President

CEO

Zoë Kooyman
Executive Director

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