Governance overview

The Foundation operates under a governance structures that strives for transparency, neutrality and meritocracy.

The Foundation is overseen by a Governing Board composed of member representatives appointed (and elected) by our members and led by FINOS Executive Director. The Foundation's day-to-day operations are run by the FINOS team.

FINOS is home to three kinds of collaborative efforts: open source software projects, open standards projects and special interest groups. The majority of FINOS projects are open source software projects. FINOS projects are self-governing and may determine their own governance rules consistent with FINOS policies and the open source definition, but FINOS provides default governance templates for both to provide projects with a starting point. 

The FINOS corporate governance is transparently described by the policies and resources below.





Antitrust Policy

Policy ensuring that the Foundation's  work is not deemed to be anticompetitive


Sets out our mission, members' rights and responsibilities, board authority, policies & procedures

Community Governance

Governs day by day operations of FINOS projects and SIGs


Conflicts of Interest Policy

Policy for disclosure and resolution of conflicts of interest

FINOS Participation Agreement

Agreement between each member and the Foundation (non-executable version)

Individual Contributor License Agreement

For contributions unrelated to employment

IP Policy

Rules governing the intellectual property rights of FINOS projects, contributions, and members

LF Membership

Agreement between each member and the Linux Foundation (non-executable version)

Corporate Contributor License Agreement

For contributions on behalf of a company

Trademark Guidelines

How to use FINOS trademarks appropriately

Associate Membership

Agreement between each non-profit member and the Linux Foundation (non-executable version