Organization

The Blender Foundation (2002) is an independent public benefit organization with the purpose to provide a complete, free and open source 3D creation pipeline, managed by public projects on blender.org.
Its spin-off corporation Blender Institute (2007) hosts the foundation’s offices and currently employs 24 people who work on the Blender software and creative projects to validate and stress Blender in production environments.

The Foundation’s income is via donations and the Development Fund. The Institute revenues come from Blender Cloud, the Blender Store and sponsoring. This enables Ton Roosendaal and a small staff to work full-time on Blender, organize activities for SIGGRAPH or the Blender Conference, support development, documentation and training projects, maintain and host blender.org services, and pay for bookkeeping and administration expenses.

Blender remains a true community effort. Work on Blender itself, new projects or roadmaps are all managed via open channels on blender.org. You can learn more about them and get involved.

Goals

The Blender Foundation is an independent non-profit public benefit corporation, established in Amsterdam the Netherlands.

Its purpose is to:

  • Manage the facilities on blender.org for users and developers who want to contribute to Blender.
  • Maintain and improve the current Blender product via a public accessible source code system under the GNU General Public License.
  • Establish funding or revenue mechanisms that serve the foundation’s goals and cover the foundation’s expenses.
  • Provide individual artists and small teams with a complete, free and open source 3D creation pipeline

Part of the industry

Blender Foundation is a recognized partner for many big corporations in the technical/creative industry. This not only via the membership of the Development Fund, but especially as official member of:

    Blender Development Fund

    The Development Fund is the Blender Foundation’s main source of donation income. Individual users and corporations can sign up here for a recurring donation – starting at 5 euro per month.

    The Development Fund enables developers to work full-time on Blender, to support users and other developers and work on core development.

    Corporate members of the Fund can indicate a preference which projects they like to see supported, provided these are generally agreed projects that benefit everyone and that fit in Blender’s mission and road map,

    Co-Development with Blender Institute

    If your company or studio has specific development targets or needs, you can contact the Blender Institute to discuss options.

    We will hire or involve the developers for topics that align well with the Blender roadmap *and* benefit the contractor well. Such agreements can have milestones and deliverables. Co-development will especially work well when aligned to other projects that run in Blender Institute. Only projects that involve multiple months of work will be taken in consideration.

    Use the contact information on the Institute page you want to discuss these opportunities.

    Contact

    Blender Foundation

    Stichting Blender Foundation
    Buikslotermeerplein 161
    1025 ET Amsterdam
    the Netherlands

    ONLY for organizational, branding, legal or press topics:
    Email: foundation (at) blender (dot) org

    Chairman: Ton Roosendaal

    Chamber of Commerce registry in Amsterdam: 34176425
    Tax (VAT / BTW)  number NL811166223