The Rails Foundation.

A non-profit organization helping our ecosystem prosper.

Our Mission

To improve the documentation, education, marketing, and events of our framework to the benefit of all new and existing Rails developers, and to ensure a prosperous ecosystem that continues to improve for decades to come. Read our announcement for more details.

Our Work

The foundation will commission freelancers and firms to work on better written documentation, more compelling screencasts, exciting events, and much more. We've only just gotten started, so more detailed plans are still to follow.

We will also be administering the Rails trademarks through an exclusive licensee from the trademark owner.

Our Members

In alphabetical order, the eight founding core members of the foundation are: Cookpad, Doximity, Fleetio, GitHub, Intercom, Procore, Shopify, and 37signals.

The foundation is open to new contributing members, who may apply for membership by writing to for more details. If your company has been benefiting from Rails over the years, but not sure how it might give back to the ecosystem, now there's a clear and obvious choice.

Our Structure

The foundation is a non-profit 501(c)6 foundation incorporated in the US.

Our Board

The founding core members are each represented by one employee on the foundation's board, which is then chaired by the creator of Ruby on Rails, David Heinemeier Hansson.

Our Budget

The eight core foundation members have together generously endowed the foundation with $1,000,000 USD in seed funding to make a real difference on all the aforementioned areas of improvement. Going forward, these members will contribute $400,000/year.

We thus will not have to rely on funding from individual contributors.