The GNOME Project is an open community of contributors. Anyone can contribute to GNOME under the terms of the license for the particular component.
The GNOME Foundation is a non-profit organization that furthers the goals of the GNOME Project. It acts as a guiding hand and provides resources and infrastructure. It steers releases, determines what software is officially part of the Project, and acts as the official face of the GNOME Project to the outside world, though it delegates most of its authority to specialized teams.
GNOME Foundation Membership is open to all GNOME contributors, and every member of the Board of Directors is a contributing member of the GNOME community. Becoming a member of the Foundation strengthens your voice in the Project and gives you an opportunity to vote on goals that will steer the GNOME Project into the future.
The GNOME Foundation Board of Directors is elected annually by the GNOME community to carry out many of the GNOME Foundation’s tasks.