KDE Pulled In Around $162k USD Last Year
Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 27 October 2015 at 10:24 AM EDT. 16 Comments
KDE --
KDE e.V. yesterday released their last quarterly report to end out 2014, which offer a look at their finances for the past year. I've also taken the liberty to do a cursory comparison against the GNOME Foundation's finances for 2014.

The KDE e.V. 2014'Q4 quarterly report indicates their finances for 2014 as pulling in a total of 147561.29 EUR, or roughly a bit shy of $163,000 USD, as their income. Meanwhile, their expenses came in at 122,816 EUR, or roughly $135,000 USD.

Making up the bulk of their income were donations, which generated more than 87k EUR followed by corporate supportes pitching in 25k EUR and the Akademy conference having 24k in income. KDE's greatest 2014 expenses were running their annual Akademy conference along with other sprints and meetings, which took out 54k EUR followed by administration/office expenses taking out 35k EUR and then legal/accounting taking another 21k EUR.

When looking at their end of 2013 report, KDE e.V. took in 190 EUR and spent 160 EUR, which is noticeably higher than the 2014 numbers. You can read this latest KDE e.V. quarterly report here.

Meanwhile, I was curious to see roughly how these numbers compared to the GNOME Foundation finances for 2014. For that we have GNOME's 2014 annual report. The GNOME Foundation in 2014 reported income of $874,892 USD. However, before dropping your jaw, $552k of that was money they were carrying around for their Outreach Program for Women (OPW) that they administer, which is now known as Outreachy. So if ignoring the OPW money entirely, that's still around $322k they took in for last year.

GNOME took in less donations than KDE at $71,178 while they received $130,000 from the GNOME Advisory Board. Per the Advisory Board Wiki, small companies (less than 50) pay $10,000 USD a year to be part of this board while medium/large companies (50+ employees) pay $20,000 USD a year. Among the members are Collabora, FSF, IBM, Google, Intel, Red Hat, SUSE, and many other firms. The money alone from this advisory board was almost as much as KDE e.V. took in entirely for the year. The GNOME Foundation also received another $31k in sponsorship money, $62k from GUADEC, and other small amounts of money elsewhere.

Including the OPW expenses, the GNOME Foundation last year spent $700,408 of their $874k income. The biggest expenses were $156k on employees followed by $26k on GUADEC and the Desktop Summit followed by another $26k on hackfests.
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