Software Freedom Conservancy

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Software Freedom Conservancy
Software Freedom Conservancy logo 2020.png
FormationApril 7, 2006; 15 years ago (2006-04-07)
  • New York City. New York, United States
Bradley M. Kuhn
Vice President
Mark Galassi
Executive director
Karen Sandler
Key people
Jeremy Allison (director), Kate Chapman (director), Mike Linksvayer (director), Martin Michlmayr (Treasurer)
3,325,377 (2019)
$2,680,081 (2018)[1] 2,680,081 (2017)[2]
2,125,670 (2016)
Expenses1,988,905 (2017)
4 (2017)

The Software Freedom Conservancy is an American non-profit organization who, according to their own website, "helps promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects". The organizations biggest financial expenses in 2017 were compensations for officers and directors (300k), salaries and wages (171k), travel (190k), conferences and conventions (412k) and internships (442k).

The Software Freedom Conservancy has 45+ free software projects listed as members[3]. The primary sources of income are Google, RedHat, the Mozilla corporation, Private Internet Access and Josh Triplett.


The Software Freedom Conservancy was founded in 2006. It hired Bradley M. Kuhn as it's first executive director in October 2010.

The SFC was instrumental in drumming Richard Stallman out of the Free Software Foundation the fall of 2019[4]. It's interesting to note that the SFC wouldn't even exist if it weren't for the movement Richard Stallman started[5].


The Software Freedom Conservancy organizes a yearly event called the "Copyleft Conference". The CopyleftConf 2020 was sponsored by[6]:

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The SFC had gave no comment when TechRights asked why they are working so closely with Microsoft[7].


The Software Freedom Conservancy's homepage is at


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