Linux Foundation Announces Funding with GitHub for New CommunityBridge Platform for Developers

LINUX FOUNDATION OPEN SOURCE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT – March 12, 2019 – The Linux Foundation today announced Community Bridge™, a new platform created to empower open source developers — and the individuals and organizations who support them — to advance sustainability, security, and diversity in open source technology. On stage, Jim Zemlin,  the Executive Director, announced that the Linux Foundation will match funding for any organization that donates funds to CommunityBridge projects to help provide developers resources to solve critical security, mentoring, and diversity challenges in open source ecosystems.

Immediately following these initial announcements, GitHub – the world’s leading software development platform – announced a $100,000 donation to CommunityBridge and invited maintainers of CommunityBridge projects to participate in its maintainer program.

“We greatly appreciate GitHub’s donation and support of CommunityBridge and are happy to match it — all in the name of the maintainers we both aim to serve,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation. “We invite other organizations to engage in our grant program, and help us solve critical challenges to better support long-term sustainability for open source projects.”

Additional Key Background

  • As the world’s largest developer community, GitHub is home to many of the most successful open source projects. In support of these projects, GitHub is proud to contribute $100,000 to match open source funding in CommunityBridge, and invite maintainers of CommunityBridge projects to also participate in GitHub’s maintainer program.
  • The Linux Foundation will match any organization that contributes funds to CommunityBridge projects to help advance security, mentoring, and diversity, up to a cumulative total of $500,000 across all contributing organizations.
  • The Linux Foundation also announced today an early access to the CommunityBridge platform for select project, members, and organizations. The early access application can be found here: communitybridge.org.
  • Throughout 2019 and 2020, the Linux Foundation will launch a full suite of CommunityBridge tools to serve open source developers and ecosystems. Today’s initial launch of CommunityBridge offers open source communities early access to three critical tools:
    • CommunityBridge Funding: enabling developers to transparently raise and spend funding;
    • CommunityBridge Security: providing transparency into potential vulnerabilities and fixes; and
    • CommunityBridge People: enabling easy connections of mentors and prospective mentees interested in getting involved in projects and advancing diversity.

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