Software in the Public Interest

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Software in the Public Interest, Inc.
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FoundedJune 16, 1997; 24 years ago (1997-06-16)
Key people
Michael Schultheiss (President)
Stephen Frost (Vice President)[1]
Revenue (2019)
Decrease $970 thousand[1]

Software in the Public Interest, Inc. (SPI) is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to help other organizations create and distribute free/open-source software and open-source hardware. Anyone is eligible to apply for membership, and contributing membership is available to those who participate in the free software community.

SPI was originally created to allow the Debian Project to accept donations.[2] It now acts as a fiscal sponsor to many free and open source projects.

SPI has hosted Wikimedia Foundation board elections and audited the tally as a neutral third party from 2007 to 2011.[3][4]

Associated projects[edit]

The 40 currently associated projects of SPI are:[5]

Board of directors[edit]

Its current board is composed of:[6]

  • President: Michael Schultheiss
  • Vice-President: Stephen Frost
  • Secretary: Tim Potter
  • Treasurer: Martin Zobel-Helas
  • Board of Directors:
    • Joseph Conway
    • Forrest Fleming
    • Milan Kupcevic
    • Chris Lamb
    • Héctor Orón Martínez
  • Advisors:

See also[edit]

Other free software umbrella organizations:


  1. ^ a b "SOFTWARE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST INC - Full text of "Full Filing" for fiscal year ending Dec. 2019". Nonprofit Explorer. ProPublica. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
  2. ^ "A Brief History of Debian". Debian Project. 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  3. ^ "Board elections/2007/en". Wikimedia. 2013-04-27. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  4. ^ "Board elections/2011/en". Wikimedia. July 2, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "SPI Associated Projects". July 15, 2021. Retrieved September 17, 2021.
  6. ^ "SPI Board". Retrieved 2019-08-04.

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