Emeritus Membership

The MembershipCommittee may receive Membership renewal applications from Foundation members that provided a good amount of valuable and high quality contributions in the past but aren't able to provide any reference about recent contributions.

The requirements to gain a full membership (or renew it) are the following: "Members of the Foundation are required to have made a valuable, recent and non-trivial contribution to the project, and should be planning to actively contribute in the future".

Some past contributors or long time Foundation members could not have their membership renewed as they could not provide the needed reference to recent contributions. For this reason, the MembershipCommittee created an Emeritus Rank for all the past members that are not active any more but still want to be associated with the GNOME Foundation.

Accordingly, you can qualify for the Emeritus Member rank if:

  1. you have been a Foundation Member in the past and made a substantial contribution over a long period of time.
  2. you lost or are about to lose your Foundation membership by not renewing it in time.
  3. you are still interested in being part of the GNOME community.
  4. your contributions are not recent enough to re-apply for the full membership.

Becoming an Emeritus Member

If you met all the above criteria, please fill in your Membership Application at the following link and the MembershipCommittee will process your application as soon as possible.

Becoming a Full Member again

If an Emeritus Member has started contributing again, they will be able to apply for Full Membership again. Make sure to reference any recent contribution and any existing Foundation member who can vouch for these in order to speed the approval process up.


Emeritus members do not have all the benefits that are available to the Full Members, but they will able to keep:

  1. their existing @gnome.org mail alias.

  2. their existing blog hosted at https://blogs.gnome.org.

Aggregation on Planet GNOME will be left up to the Planet Editors discretion, and Travel Subsidy will be handled by the Travel Committee.

Emeritus members won't be able to:

  1. vote on Board's Elections and Referenda.
  2. propose themselves as a candidate for the Board of Directors elections.
  3. request a new @gnome.org mail alias.

  4. request a new blog hosted at https://blogs.gnome.org.

List of Emeritus Members

The list of current Emeritus members can be found at https://foundation.gnome.org/membership.

MembershipCommittee/EmeritusMembers (last edited 2022-09-21 12:29:57 by AndreaVeri)