Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) began as a non-profit endeavor. FLOSS licenses permit commercial and non-commercial activity; however, the heart of FLOSS remains in the not-for-profit space. A non-profit organizational structure can not only take care of the administrative parts of FLOSS, but can also provide a conduit to raise funds for developers to improve the software and documentation.
This talk introduces software developers and project leaders to the benefits of non-profit structure for their FLOSS projects, including explaining the primary two methods of achieving non-profit status: creating your own organization, or joining an existing non-profit "fiscal sponsor" who handles the project's non-profit activity. Finally, the talk will explain the various benefits of non-profit status, including raising money to fund new Free Software development.