Free Software Foundation
Advocacy and Education | EIN: 04-2888848 | Boston MA

Free Software Foundation
Mission: The Free Software Foundation (FSF), founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' rights to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs ... (More)
Free Software Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1986, and donations are tax-deductible.
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CONTACT INFORMATION
  http://www.fsf.org
 51 Franklin Street
5th Floor
Boston MA 02110 
  617-542-5942
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Exceptional
This charity's score is 100.00, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 
This score is calculated from two sub-scores:
This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.
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Star Rated Report
Financial
Performance Metrics
Program Expenses
88.4%
Admin Expenses
6.6%
Fundraising Expenses
4.8%
Fundraising Efficiency
$0.03
Working Capital Ratio
2.10 years
Program Expense Growth
12.00%
Liabilities to Assets
4.3%
Accountability &
Transparency Metrics
Governance
Policies
Transparency
Program Expense Ratio
88.4%
Expenses FY2019
Adminis…
Fundrai…
Program
88.6%

The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).

This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.

Source: IRS Form 990
Additional Information
Unscored
Total Revenue
and Expenses
Data Available
Salary of
Key Persons
Data Available
IRS Published Data
(Business Master File)
Data Available
Data Sources
(IRS Forms 990)
Historical Ratings
Data Available
Total Revenue and Expenses
This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.
Revenue
Expenses
FY2017
FY2018
FY2019
0
1M
2M
3M
  Impact & Results

This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.
Impact & Results Score
Not Currently Scored
Free Software Foundation cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.
Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.
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Additional Information
Unscored
Largest Programs


Free Software Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:

$705,596
Spent in most recent FY
46%
Percent of program expenses

THE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAM ADVOCATES FOR COMPUTER USER FREEDOMTHROUGH ONLINE AND IN-PERSON CAMPAIGNS, AND HELPS INDIVIDUALS WITH THEPRACTICAL DETAILS OF USING COMPUTERS IN AN ETHICAL MANNER.TH ... (More)
$315,809
Spent in most recent FY
21%
Percent of program expenses

THE GNU PROJECT DOES COLLABORATIVE DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF ANOPERATING SYSTEM (OS) THAT RESPECTS USERS' FREEDOM. GNU SOFTWARE ISLICENSED FREELY SO THAT USERS CAN RUN, SHARE, STUDY AND MODIFY I ... (More)
$382,343
Spent in most recent FY
25%
Percent of program expenses

THE LICENSE EDUCATION PROGRAM ASSISTS DEVELOPERS AND USERS INUNDERSTANDING SOFTWARE LICENSING AND DETERMINING WHICH SOFTWARE ISETHICALLY SAFE FOR THEM TO USE. IT ANSWERS QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC;OFFE ... (More)
  Leadership & Adaptability

This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.
Leadership & Adaptability Score
Not Currently Scored
Free Software Foundation is currently not eligible for a Leadership & Adaptability score because we have not received its L&A survey responses.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that the organization has not yet submitted data for evaluation.
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  Culture & Community

This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.
Culture & Community Score
Not Currently Scored
Free Software Foundation is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.
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Culture & Community Report
Unscored
Constituent Feedback
No Data Available
Analysis and Research
Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.
100.00
Out of 100
Financial
100.00
Out of 100
Accountability
& Transparency
100.00
Out of 100
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