The Non-Profit FOSS Institute (NPFI) is a 501(c)(3) organization that develops and supports free and open source software (FOSS) products to fit the needs of individual non-profit organizations.

Many of these products are developed by student teams during 1- or 2-semester software development courses.  Throughout this period, the students collaborate with the non-profit using a methodology that we call “client-oriented FOSS,” or CO-FOSS.

NPFI’s unique CO-FOSS approach to software development contributes to both the education of future computer professionals and the inventory of software customized for use by non-profit organizations. Because the software is free and open source (FOSS), its source code and documentation are freely available for re-customization to fit the needs of other non-profits.

Recent NPFI News:

  • NPFI Partners with the Long and Kimmy Nguyen Family Foundation We are pleased to announce a new partnership between NPFI and the Long and Kimmy Nguyen Family Foundation. This partnership helps support NPFI’s new initiative to broaden participation by ...
  • NPFI Participates in New NSF Project The OpenPace project, titled “Broadening Participation through Authentic, Collaborative Engagement with Computing for the Greater Good”, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for a 5-year collaboration among six ...
  • NPFI Participates in FarmData2 Project In Fall 2019, NPFI began working with the Dickinson College Farm to develop new open source farm management software that would extend the functionality of the current FarmData software.  FarmData ...
  • Homebase Redeployed for RMH Boston Harbor NPFI has just completed adapting the Homebase volunteer scheduling software to fit the needs of the Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor.  This adaptation was facilitated by RMH staff members ...
  • Beloit College’s OED Project Completion The NPFI-supported project conducted by Prof. Steve Huss-Lederman has now completed.  Beloit students helped develop the Open Energy Dashboard (OED), a pre-existing FOSS product used at six colleges and universities ...

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