About the Foundation for Public Code

Mission & founding principles


To enable public-purpose software and policy that is open and collaborative.

Founding principles

  • We are a non-profit and non-partisan organization.
  • We publish under licenses approved by the Open Source Initiative or Creative Commons licenses that do not limit commercial reuse.
  • We are controlled by our members, who are wholly publicly controlled organizations*.
  • We strive to keep our membership as accessible as possible to potential members, regardless of size or location.
  • We are committed to working with other organizations (commercial or non-profit) to achieve our mission.
  • We prioritize long term sustainability and growth for the benefit of our members
  • Our work is open by default and welcomes contributions.

*) In order to start as an association three initial individual founders will play the role of member until there are enough public members for the organization to sustain itself.