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Nivenly Foundation


We bring sustainable governance to open source projects and communities globally that supports the maintainers’ independent oversight of their creations.


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Today’s balance

$4,021.93 USD

Total income

$4,021.93 USD

Total disbursed

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Estimated annual budget

$7,203.67 USD


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News from Nivenly Foundation

Updates on our activities and progress.

New Member Projects and Member Discussion Process

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Published on August 16, 2023 by Quintessence Anx



The Nivenly Foundation is a non-profit co-op providing governance and legal support for open source projects. There are three member types that participate in the governance structure:
  • General members - for individuals.
  • Project members - for the maintainers of Nivenly projects only. Each project has a process for adding maintainers.
  • Trade members - for companies, businesses, non-profits, and other similar entities.
These three groups work together via separate chambers in the Nivenly Senate, which uses a lightweight democratic process to facilitate decision-making. The three chambers are designed to be balanced, so that no one chamber (or entity in a chamber) can override the other two. The goal of the Senate-model is to ensure that users, builders, and sponsors work together toward a project's success and also mutually reap the benefits of that success.

For questions about memberships or the Foundation, please email [email protected] . We also have more information on Nivenly's governance page and release blog post.

Current Projects
For more information about our projects, please see Nivenly's Projects page.

How Funds Are Used

Funds are currently used to support our two projects. Of these, Hachyderm is the larger - so the vast majority of our funds are going to Hachyderm related expenses. As we grow, we hope to be able to financially support more projects as well.

A Note for our GitHub Sponsors

For those donating through GitHub Sponsors: first of all, THANK YOU! Secondly: there is a 60 day trial period before the initial funds release. So we will receive all your donations at the end of April 2023.

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