Why become a Sponsor Member of the PSF?
As described here, the goals of the PSF
center around establishing solid intellectual property foundations for
the Python source code base.
Sponsor members have decided to join the PSF for a variety of
reasons, including but not limited to:
- Wishing to facilitate a clear intellectual property environment
for a technology which they rely upon in their infrastructure or
- Hoping to provide financial means by which key Python developers can
focus their energy on Python development rather than legal matters.
- Wishing to participate in PSF discussions, attend and vote at
member meetings, etc.
- As a means of increasing their visibility to the broader Python
e.g. for recruitment purposes.
- A general desire to give "something" back to the Python community,
- Tax-deductibility: Per February 2003, the PSF is
recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable
organizaton. Donations are tax-deductible retroactively from the
PSF's incorporation in 2001.
Why not become a Sponsor Member?
- Access to services
- The PSF is not a professional services provider or development
shop. Sponsor members understand that their contributions do not
entitle them to free technical support, preferential input into the
Python development process, or any special access to the Python
- You get a company logo with a web link on the PSF home page, but
that's it. We're not interested in having advertising elsewhere on
the python.org website.
How to become a Sponsor Member?
To join the PSF as a Sponsor member, an individual or organization
needs to apply for membership, commit to a yearly financial
contribution (currently set at $2000), fill out the sponsor membership form (or PDF or PDF form) , send it
in and pay the invoice in a timely manner (by check or
Any organization is welcome to apply for sponsor membership -
however, approval of the membership is conditional on a member vote at
a member meeting, and the Board may issue a recommendation to the
members regarding the application.
Potential applicants should know that the Board feels that
membership in the PSF should reflect well on the sponsor members and
the PSF. To this end,
- The Board encourages applications from organizations with a
provable and strong link to Python (e.g. organizations that use Python
as a key piece of their software infrastructure).
- The Board discourages applications from organizations with
unethical or offensive business practices (e.g. pornography vendors or