FLOSS Foundations Board and Membership Selections

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Type of selection/specific examplesDetails about selectorsTerms (or other details)Frequency of election?Link to more details
General membership election    
GNOME FoundationComprised of Foundation members; members must be contributors to the project; protections against any one company employing more than a certain %age of board membersOne year term Annual http://www.gnome.org/foundation/governance/
Humanitarian Open Street Map"voting members"- individuals who are contributors to the project; members are nominated by an existing member and confirmed by existing membershipOne year term Annualhttp://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/Board_Elections
Open Source Geospatial Foundation"charter members"- individuals who are contributors to the project; members are nominated by an existing member and confirmed by existing membership??http://www.osgeo.org/content/foundation/incorporation/bylaws.html
Open Street Map Foundationvoting members are anyone who pays the yearly membership fee??http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/AGM14/Election_to_Board
Software in the Public Interest (affiliated with Debian)"contributing members" (may be individuals or organizations) approved by a membership committee; organizational members have 1 vote each, like individual membersThree year termAnnual; 1/3rd of seats up for election each yearhttp://spi-inc.org/corporate/by-laws/ 
Apache Software FoundationMembers vote for board; members are all individuals approved by the existing membership on basis of their contribution.?? 
CACertMembers vote at annual general meeting (held on IRC)7 members; 3 must be AustralianAnnual https://wiki.cacert.org/AGM/Next
Python Software FoundationMembers vote   https://www.python.org/psf/bylaws/
Gentoo FoundationMembers vote; membership obtained "on request" but membership lapses if no votes are cast in two consecutive board elections  
The Document Foundation (affiliated with the LibreOffice project)Elected by foundation membership, which is open free of charge to all our contributors, upon review of their
Two year term  https://www.documentfoundation.org/foundation/statutes/
 KDE e.V.All active members of KDE e.V. get to vote in board elections at annual general meetingThree year term Annual https://ev.kde.org/corporate/statutes.php
 GentooActive members vote for board; members selected by petitioning board for membership.One-year term; limited to two consecutive terms Annualhttps://www.gentoo.org/foundation/en/ 
Apereo FoundationInstitutional member organizations have a named representative that votes for board members, board can also appoint up to three additional membersthree-year term, limited to two consecutive termsAnnual, rotating through all elected members over a three year cyclehttps://www.apereo.org/bylaws 
Self-selecting board    
Creative CommonsCommunity and affiliates may nominate members but do not directly select them??http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/38704
Mifos InitiativeSeeded from community leaders and with people invited for their core skills and alignment after initial seeding. As needed 
BenetechSelf-perpetuating board; Founder has right to appoint one member (currently also the Founder)   http://benetech.org/about-us/who-we-are/
Mozilla FoundationElected by existing board Annualhttps://static.mozilla.com/foundation/documents/mf-bylaws.pdf
Software Freedom ConservancyElected by existing board   https://sfconservancy.org/about/board/
 Free Software FoundationElected by voting members (primarily current and past board members).   
External authoritye.g., appointed by a single corporation, or by the project/Foundationfounder   
Metabrainz Foundation (affiliated with Musicbrainz project)President choosesNo term limits  As needed

Election by sub-groups    
(none purely with this model; see hybrids below)    
Donor electione.g., most 501(c)6s   
(none purely with this model, see hybrids below)    
Hybrid modele.g., two or more of the above   
Eclipse Foundation(Complex system, necessarily simplified) large donors meeting certain criteria can directly appoint board members;  classes of smaller donors can vote amongst themselves to appoint some board members; developer and sustaining community members can elect some members in annual electionDependsAnnual for "commiter" (i.e., developer community) members, and "Sustaining" (i.e. typically smaller company) membershttps://www.eclipse.org/org/documents/Eclipse%20BYLAWS%202011_08_15%20Final.pdf
OpenStack Foundation2 classes of corporate foundation membership - Platinum
 and Gold. Platinum members, of which there are 8, each appoint one board
 representative. Gold members, of which there can be a max of 24 select 8
 representatives from amongst themselves. Individual
 foundation membership is open to anyone with interest, and that
 membership class also elects 8 representatives. 
 Individual and Gold
 member representatives all sit for a one year term.
Open Source InitiativeMembers can be individuals or other organizations; each member class separately nominates board representatives. (For legacy reasons, existing board must approve those nominations, but trying to move towards a model where these are actual elections rather than voting on a nomination.)   http://opensource.org/elections
Wikimedia Foundationone founder's seat (reserved for Jimmy Wales); two seats selected by the Wikimedia chapters; three seats elected directly by the Wikimedia community; four seats appointed by the rest of the Board for specific expertise   http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees
Linux FoundationIndividual members of the Linux Foundation vote to pick 2 board members to represent them.  Other members of the board of the Linux foundation are taken from member companies (Platinum
 members get a board seat, other levels vote for a seat from their group).  Also the head of the Technical Advisory Board of the LF has a seat on the board, and that board is voted on every year from the Linux kernel community.
   http://www.linuxfoundation.org/about/bylaws (Sec. 5.3)
Created by Luis Villa on 2015.01.10 at 23:02:16 PST

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