The Squeak Oversight Board is excited to announce that Squeak is now a member of the Software Freedom Conservancy. The Software Freedom Conservancy is an organization composed of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects. As a fiscal sponsor for FOSS projects, the Conservancy provides member projects with free financial and administrative services, but does not involve itself with technological and artistic decisions.
By joining the Conservancy, Squeak obtains the benefits of a formal legal structure while keeping focused on software development. The benefits of joining the Conservancy include, most notably, the ability to collect donations and protection from personal liability for the developers of the project. Another benefit of joining the Conservancy is we can use it to hold assets, which are managed by the Conservancy on behalf of and at the direction of the Squeak Oversight Board. The Conservancy is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, so member projects can receive tax-deductible donations to the extent allowed by law.