The WordPress Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software.
The WordPress Foundation
In an effort to protect and maintain the free-access to WordPress open source code, The WordPress Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charitable organization was organized in 2010 by Matt Mullenweg.
The WordPress Foundation clearly states that:
“People and businesses may come and go, so it is important to ensure that the source code for these projects will survive beyond the current contributor base, that we may create a stable platform for web publishing for generations to come.”
One of their first donations from Automattic was the gift of the WordPress trademark. This generous donation was made to entrust the Foundation with the protection and continuation of WordPress. Their intent was to safeguard the trademark by making it independent of any company. The WordPress Foundation has developed policies for fair use of their trademark.
The WordPress Foundation also collects donations and distributes funding for educational programs to support their charter of teaching the public about the importance of open source software and WordPress. As a part of these efforts they support WordCamps. WordCamps are educational conferences held world-wide to promote education of users, spark creativity and collaboration among developers, and facilitate the development of a community among all who attend.
The video below is by Silicon Prairie News, and it features an interview with Matt Mullenweg on the foundation of the WordPress Foundation, its history and future.