Foundation. The Processing Foundation is an organization that develops software tools for the visual arts.
The goal of the Processing Foundation is to promote software literacy, particularly within the visual arts, and to promote visual literacy within technology. Our primary charge is to develop and distribute the Processing software, both the core Application Programming Interface (API) and the programming environment, the Processing Development Environment (PDE). The board of directors for the Processing Foundation consists of Ben Fry, Casey Reas, and Dan Shiffman. The first member of the board of advisors is John Maeda.
To succeed, the Foundation needs to raise money to support future versions of the Processing software and related initiatives. The Processing team, a small group of volunteers, has released over 200 versions of the software since 2001, leading to the 2.0 release in the spring of 2013.With almost no funding between the 1.0 and 2.0 releases, the software was written slowly while the developers managed full-time work and many other responsibilities. The 2.0 software release happened in an unsustainable way, at tremendous personal expense to the lead developers. The Foundation must raise funding for the initiative to continue.
With the 2.0 software release, we're now asking for donations from individuals who use the software, and we're actively seeking larger gifts from individuals, companies, and other non-profit organizations. To learn more about why you might want to contribute, please read the 2013 status report below.
The Processing Foundation was publicly launched on 3 June 2013 with the release of the Processing 2.0 software. Despite filing our final 501(c)(3) paperwork with the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2012, as of 7 December 2013, we haven't yet received our tax except status. We have a bank account and a tax ID number and we're actively soliciting donations. If granted by the IRS, our tax exception status will be retroactive to our date of formation, 14 June 2012.
On a more exciting and positive note, we had a busy and productive 2013 with a wide range of activities:
Individuals making $5 to $100 donations are the largest source of income for the Processing Foundation. We're grateful to all who have donated and we're proud to be supported by the community.
In 2013, O'Reilly Media and Arduino made donations to the Processing Foundation.
The Google Summer of Code program has provided and excellent source of energy and new development through supporting students to work with us. This program has now supported Processing for three years, 2010 to 2013. It has provided the base for many important enhancements to the software.
Prior to incorporating as a Foundation, Processing received key funding and support from several organizations and companies. These commitments enabled a series of pivotal improvements to the software.
The Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University sponsored a Processing 2.0 development workshop in the summer of 2011.
The Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies at Miami University funded The Oxford Project, a series of Processing development workshops during the 2008-2009 academic year. These four-day meetings in Oxford, Ohio, enabled the November 2008 launch of Processing 1.0 and stimulated future development.
Oblong Industries funded Ben Fry to develop Processing during the summer of 2008. This funding also assisted in the completion of the 1.0 release. The Rockefeller Foundation awarded Ben Fry with a Media Arts Fellowship in 2006. The grant marked the first time that Ben was able to work on Processing as a funded project. This support led to further developments of the OpenGL and PDF rendering engines, as well as significant enhancements to other libraries and their integration.
The Interaction Design Institute Ivrea funded four individuals' work on Processing in the summer of 2003. This resulted in Dan Mosedale's preprocessor using Antlr, Sami Arola's contributions to the graphics engine, and other contributions to the Processing Development Environment and 2D graphics engine. We are grateful to Interaction Ivrea director Gillian Crampton Smith for her encouragement and support.