Outreachy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit under our parent organization, Software Freedom Conservancy, and donations are tax deductible.

Outreachy internship stipends and program costs are supported by our generous donors. Whether you're an individual wanting to support diversity in tech, or a corporation that uses Free and Open Source Software, we invite you to support Outreachy!

Mozilla community sponsor Larissa Shapiro, with former Outreachy interns (now Mozilla employees) Sara Mansouri and Maja Frydrychowicz

Mozilla community coordinator, Larissa Shaprio (middle), with former Outreachy interns Maja Frydrychowicz (left) and Sara Mansouri (right). After their Outreachy internships, Maja became a Mozilla employee and Sara continued as a volunteer leader in various areas of the project. (Photo CC-BY-SA-NC Sage Sharp)

Current Sponsors

A list of current sponsors can be found on our homepage.

Individual Donors

If you're an individual interested in donating to Outreachy, see our personal donation instructions.

Corporate Sponsors

Our corporate sponsors can support Outreachy by donating in any combination of three ways:

1. Internship stipends for a specific set of Free and Open Source (FOSS) communities. Corporate donors often want to support the FOSS projects they use internally, and sponsoring internships for a specific FOSS community is a wonderful way to support free and open source software development.

2. Internship stipends for any FOSS community participating in Outreachy. Each community that participates in Outreachy internships must secure funding for at least one intern. Every internship round, some FOSS Communities find they have more outstanding applicants than they have funding for. Communities can ask for additional internship funding from the Outreachy general fund.

3. Outreachy general fund. This covers program costs, organizer time, travel and outreach to communities traditionally underrepresented in tech. The general fund is also used to fund additional outstanding applicants to the Outreachy program.

Corporate sponsors' logos are proudly displayed on the Outreachy home page. We publicly thank sponsors who are Promoter level and above on the Outreachy twitter account, which is followed by a diverse set of FOSS contributors. Corporate sponsors of all levels are welcome to send opportunities to a private opt-in mailing list for Outreachy interns, alumni, and mentors. Outreachy also lists sponsor career pages on the opportunities page.

Outreachy Opportunities List

Outreachy runs an opt-in mailing list open to all current and past Outreachy interns, coordinators, mentors, and sponsors.

The primary goal of this list is to connect Outreachy sponsors with Outreachy participants. Sponsors are invited to share job, internship, event, and other opportunities that they think might be of interest to the Outreachy community. Additionally, all Outreachy community members are invited to share job and internship opportunities.

Typically, we expect people to not send e-mail about the same opportunity more than twice and to send information about new opportunities no more than twice a week. If you are representing a sponsoring organization and would like to share opportunities with your member companies, please do so no more than once a month in a form of a digest.

The Outreachy opportunities list reaches participants around the world, so please provide details that can help people decide if any given e-mail is relevant to them in the subject line. For example, if an opportunity requires people to be in a particular location, please include the location in the subject line.

Sponsorship Levels

Please consider sponsoring the program at one of these game-changing levels:

Ceiling Smasher: $52,000

Equalizer: $32,500

Promoter: $19,500

Includer: $6,500

Outreachy sponsorship is credited on a per-round basis. With two rounds a year, you will be credited for half a year according to the amount you choose.

Why Sponsor Diversity in FOSS?

Women are underrepresented in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) development, even as compared with the number of women studying Computer Science in colleges around the world and with the number of women employed in proprietary software development. While the 2017 GitHub survey showed that participation of women in FOSS is still extremely low at 3%, Outreachy has been a major factor in increasing participation of women in communities that participate. For example, the percentage of women Linux kernel authors rose from 5% in 2005 to 9.9% in 2016, with a marked increase in 2013 when the kernel joined Outreachy. Outreachy also encourages women who are students interested in coding projects to apply for Google Summer of Code, and it played a role in increasing participation of women in Google Summer of Code from 7.1% in 2011 to 11.6% in 2018.

The diversity data for the U.S. released by many tech companies shows that many of them only have 1-3% Black and 2-4% Hispanic employees in technical roles, while the population of the U.S. is 13% Black and 17% Hispanic. We don't have any data like this for free software participation, but we can tell there is a lack of racial and ethnic diversity at conferences we attend. Addionally, we are aware of bias and discrimination against other groups not connected to race or gender.

It's important that we reach more people with the information that the FOSS community is (by and large) mature and friendly, and that contributing to FOSS is valuable for both social and professional reasons. In this way, we are growing the community and improving our ability to reach even more people.

We know from the 2017 GitHub survey that "women are also more likely than men to seek out help directly (29% vs 13%) from people they already know well (22% vs 6%), rather than ask for help from strangers in a public forum or channel." It can be intimidating to submit contributions and get feedback on public forums. Outreachy provides a gentle introduction to FOSS by providing mentors who can guide applicants through making their first public contributions during the application period. Then selected interns work remotely with the same mentor during the three month internship.

By participating in the program, applicants and interns develop a good understanding of the power of FOSS and skills necessary to continue contributing to it. Outreachy provides a collaborative environment in which newcomers from underrepresented backgrounds can get help working on their first contributions and a focused opportunity for them to dedicate a full-time effort to learning and contributing to FOSS.

Why Sponsor Outreachy?

The program attracts many motivated and talented applicants. Most of our interns have had their work included in the software releases, with some of them completing major features during their internships. About half of the program participants stay involved with the organization they worked with past their internship. Outreachy organizers know of the following accomplishments among 514 past participants who successfully completed Outreachy:
  • 100 found employment or contract positions with sponsoring organizations
  • 97 had full-session talks on FOSS topics at conferences, of them, 32 in 2015, 36 in 2016, and 41 in 2017
  • 36 became mentors for Outreachy or Google Summer of Code
  • 29 continued on to participate in Google Summer of Code
  • 3 organized local technology initiatives - Meg Ford started Chicagoans Hacking on GNOME, Martha Chumo Chelimo started Nairobi Dev School, Satabdi Das started Women in Free Software - India
  • Ekaterina Gerasimova and Meg Ford became GNOME Foundation board members
  • Valerie Young became a Software in the Public Interest board member
  • Yan Zhu was named among "Women in IT Security: Women to watch" by SC Magazine in 2015
  • Tapasweni Pathak received a Systers Anita Borg Fall 2015 Pass-It-On Award
  • Victoria Martínez de la Cruz received OpenStack mentor of mentors award

The outreach efforts like this one also result in the improvements for all newcomers. For example, the mentors list that GNOME started with 9 mentors for the first round of the Outreach Program for Women is now a general resource that contains over 40 mentors. GNOME also improved how it engages Google Summer of Code students with the community based on its Outreach Program for Women experience, by requiring them to work with mentors on an initial contribution during the application period and by incorporating the required blog posts about their work on Planet GNOME. Making the community a friendly place for underrepresented people also makes it such for all newcomers.

Commonly Asked Questions

Q: Are corporate sponsors required to help run the internship program?
A: No. The Outreachy application process, intern selection coordination, communication with mentors, and payments to interns are all handled by Outreachy organizers.

Q: When do you bill for sponsorship?
A: For the May to August round, sponsors are billed in May. For the December to March round, sponsors are billed in December. If you have a specific quarterly deadline, Outreachy can bill earlier or later. Outreachy general fund sponsors can be billed any time of the year. Billing will be handled through our parent organization, the Software Freedom Conservancy.

Q: Who pays the interns?
A: The Outreachy parent organization, the Software Freedom Conservancy, handles payments to interns.

Q: Are Outreachy interns employees or interns of the corporate sponsors?
A: No. Outreachy interns are considered contractors of the Software Freedom Conservancy during their internship.

Q: We have a company internship program. How does that work with Outreachy internships?
A: Outreachy internships are completely separate from any other internship program. Outreachy organizers find FOSS communities that are willing to provide mentorship and use corporate sponsorship to fund the internships.

Q. If I'm a corporate sponsor, do I have to provide a mentor for the internship program?
A: No. While employees from many corporate sponsors mentor for Outreachy, it's not required for corporate sponsors to provide either mentors or internship project ideas. FOSS communities generally provide their own mentors and project ideas. If a sponsor does have an internship idea and a mentor, they should review the community guidelines.

Q: If I sponsor a specific FOSS community and that community doesn't find an intern, what happens?
A: Sometimes FOSS communities don't have enough applicants, or their best applicant accepts another opportunity. Outreachy will try to encourage applicants towards communities that do not have enough applicants but we cannot guarantee that a community will find a suitable intern. We will use our best efforts to work with the sponsor and use the funds for that particular community or another that the sponsor prefers for two years, after which we'll use them for any Outreachy activity.

Q: Did you used to be called something else?
A: Outreachy was started in 2010 by the GNOME Project as the Outreach Program for Women (OPW). The name was changed in 2015 when the program was moved to Software Freedom Conservancy with a vision to include more people who experience the impact of bias and discrimination in tech. In 2006, the GNOME Project ran a one-time Women's Summer Outreach Program, which was the predecessor of OPW.

Q: Are you still associated with GNOME?
A: GNOME has been an Outreachy mentoring community throughout the Outreachy's history. After Outreachy moved under our current non-profit home, Software Freedom Conservancy, GNOME continued to host some Outreachy resources, including our website, wiki, application system, and IRC channel. We thank GNOME for their support of the program.