The GNOME Foundation is the non-profit organization behind the GNOME Project. It is a membership-based organization, and every GNOME contributor is entitled to be a member, giving them a voice in how the Foundation is run. The Foundation provides leadership, financial backing, logistical support and legal services to the GNOME community. It also acts as a meeting point for the project's partners.
More information on the GNOME Foundation can be found on its web pages, including: governance, legal and trademarks, membership and contact details.
Parts of the Foundation
Membership - every GNOME contributor is entitled to become a member
Board of Directors - responsible for governing the Foundation, elected annually by the membership
Advisory Board - fee-paying and non-fee-paying partners who regularly meet with the Board of Directors
- Staff - the Foundation employs a small number of people, including an Executive Director, Director of Operations, and contractors
Committees - appointed by the board to do Foundation work (see /Committees for details about their powers and responsibilities):
GNOME Foundation Bylaws - the Foundation's constitution, which legally defines how it is governed
GNOME Foundation Charter - the original definition of the Foundation, which states its goals and purpose
More resources can be found on the Board of Directors resources page.