Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Free Software Foundation

Fighting for essential freedoms for computer users

four stars

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
John Sullivan
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 100.00 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
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

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

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.
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

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$99,507 5.89% John Sullivan Executive Director

Mission

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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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

John Sullivan
Executive Director