Membership Levels

The OpenPOWER Foundation is a 501c6 not-for-profit entity with a Board of Directors and a Technical Steering Committee.

  • Membership levels provide either a default Board of Director position (Platinum) or an opportunity to be elected to the Board (Gold, Silver, and Associate/Academic members). The Bylaws detail additional governance by the Board including maximum seats, terms, etc.
  • The Technical Steering Committee is formed from the Work Group Leads from the core projects and one representative designated by each Platinum member.

OpenPOWER offers a tiered membership of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Associate/Academic memberships.

  • Annual fee and dedicated full-time equivalent (FTEs) – verification of committed number of FTEs on honor system
  • Contributors, committers, Work Group leads and project leads influence Technical Steering Committee
  • Associate/Academic level is not available to corporations

Membership Level

Annual Fee*

FTEs

Technical Steering Committee

Board/Voting Position

Platinum

$100k

10

One seat per member not otherwise represented

Includes Board position, includes TSC position

Gold

$60k

3

May be on TSC if Work Group lead

Gold members may elect up to one BOD member per three Gold members

Silver

$20k
$5k if <300 employees
$0 if < 300 employees and an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) or for Open Source Community Projects

0

May be on TSC if Work Group lead

One board seat elected by all Silver members

Associate and Academic

$0

0

May be on TSC if Work Group lead

May be elected to one community observer, non-voting Board seat

*Fee in US dollars