The Document Foundation

The Foundation

The Foundation is a charitable Foundation under German law (gemeinnützige rechtsfähige Stiftung des bürgerlichen Rechts), which owns assets and conducts financial and legal transactions on behalf of the Community.

The Bodies of the Foundation

The formal bodies of the Foundation are:

  • The Board of Directors (or "BoD"). The Foundation's Board of Directors is the main administration of the Foundation's projects and teams. Board members are the foundation's judicial and extrajudicial representatives.
  • The Membership Committee (or "MC"). Mission of the MC is to administer membership applications and renewals and to oversee election of the BoD.
  • The Board of Trustees (or "Members"). The Board of Trustees consists of all people actively contributing to the Foundation's projects. To be acknowledged as a member you need to meet the criteria defined in our statutes and apply for membership using our application form.

Other entities and officers

There are some entities to help the BoD to further the foundation's projects, but not being formal bodies of the foundation:

  • The Engineering Steering Committee (or "ESC") provides technological guidance on strategic matters and hypothetically will consist of the Community's best engineers.
  • The Advisory Board (or "AB") provides a forum for organizations providing a substantial minimum level of financial or other support as determined by the BoD, to meet with the BoD and provide advice.

The BoD may appoint officers for administration or daily business of the Foundation.


The manifesto is also available as PDF from our website.

Our values

We commit ourselves: We reject:

to eliminate the digital divide in society by giving everyone access to office productivity tools free of charge to enable them to participate as full citizens in the 21st century

the ownership of office productivity tools by monopoly suppliers which imposes a de-facto tax on global electronic free speech and penalises the economically disadvantaged

to support the preservation of mother tongues by encouraging all peoples to translate, document, support, and promote our office productivity tools in their mother tongue

the creeping domination of computer desktops by a single language forcing people to learn a foreign language before they can express themselves electronically

to allow users of office productivity software to retain the intellectual property in the documents they create by use of open document formats and open standards

the ownership of file formats by proprietary software companies - documents belong to their creators, not software vendors

to an open and transparent peer-reviewed software development process where technical excellence is valued

a closed software development process where errors can lie hidden and poor quality is accepted


Our way of working

Our core values lead us to believe in the following way of working:

  • the home for our activities should be an independent self-governing democratic foundation
  • membership of the foundation will be open to any individual who agrees with our core values and contributes to our activities
  • we encourage corporate participation, e.g. by sponsoring individuals to work as equals alongside other contributors in the community