Software in the Public Interest

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Software in the Public Interest, Inc.
FoundedJune 16, 1997; 26 years ago (1997-06-16)
Key people
Michael Schultheiss (President)
Stephen Frost (Vice President)[1]
  • $723,853 (2020)
  • $522,719 (2021)[1]
  • $341,298 (2020)
  • $413,172 (2021)[1] Edit this at Wikidata

Software in the Public Interest, Inc. (SPI) is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization domiciled in New York State formed to help other organizations create and distribute free open-source software and open-source hardware. Anyone is eligible to apply for membership, and contributing membership is available to those who participate in the free software community.

SPI was originally created to allow the Debian Project to accept donations.[2] It now acts as a fiscal sponsor to many free and open source projects.

SPI has hosted Wikimedia Foundation board elections and audited the tally as a neutral third party from 2007 to 2011.[3][4]

Associated projects[edit]

The 41 currently associated projects of SPI are:[5]

Board of directors[edit]

Its current board is composed of:[6]

  • President: Michael Schultheiss
  • Vice-President: Stephen Frost
  • Secretary: Forrest Fleming
  • Treasurer: Héctor Orón Martínez
  • Board of Directors:
    • Joseph Conway
    • Milan Kupcevic
    • Jonatas L. Nogueira
    • Jeremy Stanley
    • Zach van Rijn

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "SOFTWARE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST INC - Full text of "Full Filing" for fiscal year ending Dec. 2021". Nonprofit Explorer. ProPublica. Retrieved June 20, 2023.
  2. ^ "A Brief History of Debian". Debian Project. 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  3. ^ "Board elections/2007/en". Wikimedia. 2013-04-27. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  4. ^ "Board elections/2011/en". Wikimedia. July 2, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "SPI Associated Projects". May 1, 2023. Retrieved June 20, 2023.
  6. ^ "SPI Board". Retrieved 2022-12-10.

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