2022 Annual Community Report
Except where otherwise noted, this report covers the period April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.
Executive Director’s Summary
As the Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation since its inception in 2004, it is my great honor to continue to serve this institution and its wonderful community. A great deal has changed over that time, and despite numerous external challenges, this past year has been one of exceptional growth for Eclipse. As you will see in this report, we have been joined by many new projects, working groups, members, and committers. It is my great pleasure to welcome them all to the Eclipse community.
I would also like to extend a personal thank you to the hundreds of members for their financial and organizational support, and to the thousands of committers and contributors for their talent and energy. You are what makes Eclipse the dynamic and innovative community that it is. I would also like to recognize the staff of the Foundation and the tireless efforts they apply daily to the success of our community.
This past year saw the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise of inflation, and the invasion of Ukraine to name just a few of the global challenges we continue to face. I extend my best wishes to all, and hope that you and your families are safe and well. Despite the many challenges around us, I firmly believe that the Eclipse Foundation and the broader open source community continue to make the world a better place.
Looking forward, I am excited about the opportunities ahead of the Eclipse Foundation and our communities. Our move to become legally domiciled in Europe is now complete, and we are seeing greater interest than ever before from organizations and projects to join. We feel that our institution will have a strong role to play in growing the worldwide supply chain of open source technologies which are powering innovation and prosperity globally.
We have made a concerted effort to improve the presentation quality of our annual community report, and to provide greater information and transparency through a better layout and use of graphics. I hope that you enjoy the new look!
We are funded 100% by our members. Thank You! As of March 31, 2022, the Eclipse Foundation has 14 strategic members:
The Eclipse Foundation also has over 1,750 committers as of March 31, 2022. Committers are also entitled to membership in the Foundation, and play a valuable role in Eclipse Foundation governance, including representation on the Eclipse Board and on many working group steering committees.
As of March 31, 2022, the Foundation counted 329 organizations as members. A total of 41 new companies joined as new members of the Foundation from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.
The Foundation has continued its relationship with OpenHW Group, the Canadian-based open hardware nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering collaboration among global hardware and software designers in the development of open source cores, related IP, tools, and software. All OpenHW Group Platinum, Gold, and Silver members are also Contributing Members of the Eclipse Foundation, and as of March 2022, this amounted to 33 Contributing Members.
A full list of our members can be seen on the Explore Our Members page.
New Members of the Eclipse Foundation
The new members that have joined the Eclipse Foundation between April 2021 and March 2022 include:
The Eclipse Foundation has members and committers world-wide, and is supported by a staff that is distributed across Europe and North America.
In 2021, the Eclipse Foundation completed its redomiciling initiative that it started in 2020. We now operate as Eclipse Foundation AISBL, an international not-for-profit organization based in Brussels, Belgium. We still operate our US-based legacy organization, Eclipse.org Foundation, Inc. and the two organizations together operate collectively as Eclipse Foundation group, or simply as Eclipse Foundation. The operations are seamless with respect to member and community engagement. As part of the redomiciling initiative, effective February 2022, the ownership of the Foundation’s Germany-based for-profit services subsidiary organization, Eclipse Foundation Europe GmbH, has been transferred to the new Belgian-based organization, solidifying our position as a European organization.
The Eclipse Foundation’s fiscal year end is December 31. For the 2021 fiscal year, the combined revenues for the Eclipse group of companies was 7.6M USD, and had a net income of 0.2M USD. Despite the challenges created by the global COVID-19 pandemic, both membership and working group revenues were on budget for 2021. For the 2021 fiscal year, Eclipse has appointed new auditors, with EY now serving as the auditor for Eclipse Foundation AISBL, and BDO for the other organizations.
Looking ahead to the full 2022 fiscal year, the Board approved a cash-neutral budget that called for an increase of revenues to 8.7M€, with a forecasted operating deficit of 0.3M€. This represents growth of greater than 20% in overall revenues, which is expected to be driven by both membership and working group net new growth. Note that beginning in 2022 the Foundation is reporting its financials in Euros rather than USD.
As a matter of governance, management provides quarterly budget updates to the Board’s finance committee, and all Members are kept up to date on the Foundation’s budget through quarterly reports in its Member Newsletter publications.