OASIS Foundation-as-a-Service streamlines the process of forming and running a foundation for your collaborative development community. It’s the smart solution for groups that want to advance open source code, standards, or related activities. Foundations operate independently while enjoying the benefits of the OASIS nonprofit corporate structure.  

What you can do with Foundation-as-a-Service

Our support and experience will help you make smart decisions, avoid mistakes, and achieve your goals. Using Foundation-as-a-Service, you can:

  • Operate as nonprofit 501(c)(6) protected by OASIS Structure
  • Form and run working groups under rules and processes you define
  • Develop the deliverables and conduct related activities
  • Set your own governance structure and policies
  • Rely on OASIS to handle fiscal and legal admin
  • Choose to use OASIS staff or others for tech admin, marketing, event support

What we provide

Foundations receive the financial and legal services they need to operate successfully. We’ll set up your bank accounts, file your taxes, collect your dues and pay your bills. For other services, you have the choice to contract with OASIS or use your own consultants and service providers. We can help you hire staff, recruit members, plan events. The choices–and the decisions–are all yours.

Rely on OASIS to handle your financial and legal administration
Funded by annual fee (percentage of Foundation revenue)
Contract for additional services from OASIS or others
Funded a la carte (choose what you need, when you need it)
Legal services to form and operate as a nonprofitTechnical administration
Complete invoicing, payment processing and accounting infrastructureCollaboration tools
Independent financial auditing servicesIP and security auditing
Tax and corporate filingsMember outreach
Management of IP and licensing agreements, trademarks and copyrightsDeveloper support
Contractors, consultants, staff
Marketing, press relations, social media
Event management
Certification program
Other activities

Out-of-the-Box resources you can adapt

OASIS staff will work with you to ensure the policies and procedures you set up are legal, implementable, and practical. We’ll explain options and discuss alternate approaches. We’ll help you customize the templates we provide for:

  • Bylaws
  • Governance 
  • Membership Categories and Dues
  • Working Group Charters
  • Budget
  • Membership Agreement
  • Policies:
    • Licensing
    • Trademark
    • Antitrust
    • Code of Conduct
    • Conflict of Interest
    • Document Retention
    • Privacy
    • Whistleblower

What People Say

Samvera couldn’t be happier with our decision to move to OASIS Foundation-as-a-Service. My time as chair would have been much easier if we had been working with OASIS earlier.”


Explore how OASIS Foundation-as-a-Service can help your project succeed