About the Foundation for Public Code

Mission, founding principles and goals

This resource


  1. Mission
  2. Founding principles
  3. Goals


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.

The founding principles were adopted by the board of directors on 23 August 2019.

* In order to start as an association 4 initial individual founders will play the role of member until there are enough public members for the organization to sustain itself.


  • Enable an ecosystem of Public Code software products, developed by and for public administrations to solve real problems for citizens
  • Build a collaborative community of developers and cities, which continuously improves and maintains Public Code products
  • Provide a certification system for software as meeting the standard set by the Foundation For Public Code
  • Build a trusted brand and an awareness of the value of Public Code