The Document Foundation
It is an independent self-governing meritocratic entity, created by a large group of Free Software advocates, in the form of a charitable Foundation under German law (gemeinnützige rechtsfähige Stiftung des bürgerlichen Rechts).
It continues to build on the foundation of the dedicated work by the OpenOffice.org Community.
It was created in the belief that the culture born of an independent Foundation brings out the best in contributors and will deliver the best software for users.
It is open to any individual who agrees with our core values and contributes to our activities.
It welcomes corporate participation, e.g. by sponsoring individuals to work as equals alongside other contributors in the community.
The Document Foundation is proud to be the home of LibreOffice, the next evolution of the world’s leading free office suite, and The Document Liberation Project, a community of developers united to free users from vendor lock-in of content by providing powerful tools for the conversion of proprietary file formats to the corresponding ODF format.
LibreOffice is made possible by the efforts of thousands of volunteers around the globe, and by the generosity of donors. Please support our efforts: your donation helps us to deliver a better product!
Become a TDF Member
If you are one of the volunteers contributing to the LibreOffice or Document Liberation projects, you should consider the opportunity of becoming a member of The Document Foundation, by filling the application form.
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 TDF team oversees various projects, and supports the community in their work.
- 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.