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Note: The How is Greenpeace structured? page is good example of another organization explaining their complicated internal organizational structure.
Mozilla is a global community of people creating a better Internet. We build public benefit into the Internet by creating free, open source products and technologies that improve the online experience for people everywhere.
There are several organizations that support the Mozilla community and Mozilla's principles. They include the non-profit Mozilla Foundation as well two wholly owned taxable subsidiaries, the Mozilla Corporation and Mozilla Messaging. Mozilla considers itself a hybrid organization, combining non-profit and market strategies to ensure the internet remains a shared public resource.
This page provides and overview of the organizations that support the Mozilla community and their relationships to each other.
The Mozilla Foundation is a California non-profit corporation exempt from Federal income taxation under IRC 501(c)(3). The Foundation is supports the existing Mozilla community, overseeing Mozilla's governance structure and managing shared resources like this web site. It also actively seeks out new ways for people around the world to recognize and steward the Internet as a critical public resource.
The Mozilla Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, works with the community to develop software that advances Mozilla's principles. This includes the Firefox browser, which is well recognized as a market leader in security, privacy and language localization. These features make the Internet safer and more accessible.
Mozilla Messaging is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation that develops and promotes products that people can communicate online in ways that align with Mozilla's principles. This includes the creation of the Thunderbird email client.
The Mozilla Foundation has established relationships with a number of affiliated organizations around the globe that promote and support Mozilla principles, products and community.
Community Member Sites
There are many other sites that are maintained by individuals and organizations actively involved in the community that do not have a formal relationship with the Mozilla Foundation. The following is not meant to be a comprehensive list.