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Free Software Foundation


Free Software and the GNU Operating System

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a 501(c)3 donor supported charity founded in 1985 and based in Boston, MA, USA. The FSF has a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users.

The Free Software Foundation receives the bulk of its funding from thousands of individual donors. Financial information about the Free Software Foundation is available from the independent charity rating organization, Charity Navigator.

In 2003, 2004 and 2005 Charity Navigator rated the Foundation as 3 out of 4 stars: "Good. Exceeds or meets industry standards and performs as well as or better than most charities in its Cause".

In 2006 Charity Navigator rated the Foundation as 4 out of 4 stars: "Exceptional. Exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Cause."

Review our financial information now at Charity Navigator. Form 990s are also available at Guidestar or contact us at

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