The GraphQL Foundation is a neutral, nonprofit foundation founded by global technology and application development companies to provide events, documentation, tools, and support for GraphQL. The GraphQL Foundation was founded in 2019 by Apollo, AWS, Butterfly Network, Dgraph Labs, Facebook, Gatsby, GraphZen, Hasura, IBM, Intuit, Neo4j, Novvum, Pipefy, Salsify, Solo.io, and Thicit.
The foundation is hosted by The Linux Foundation and acts as a home for GraphQL assets and collaboration, including the GraphQL trademark. It provides a means of collecting and distributing membership dues to support core community infrastructure and programs. The GraphQL foundation also encourages contributions, stewardship, and a shared investment from a broad group in vendor-neutral events, documentation, tools, and support. The primary aim is to guarantee the GraphQL community is able to focus on the evolution of the specification and reference implementations. This is done through a number of activities:
- Funding grants for project maintainers and community gardeners
- Coordinating and funding mentorship programs
- Providing collaboration infrastructure
- Managing the GraphQL trademark and related policies
- Providing legal support for projects
- Operational and logistical support through The Linux Foundation
The GraphQL Foundation works closely with the GraphQL Working Group and the GraphQL Technical Steering Committee (TSC). The foundation is funded exclusively through the support of its members. The governing board sets an annual budget to use the dues to the maximum benefit of the community. As with other Linux Foundation projects, the governing board makes decisions by voting. Every vote is equal, and no members have special voting rights or privileges. The charter currently limits the governing board to twenty-five members.