Kuali Foundation drops non-profit status

August 26, 2014

The Kuali Foundation, a provider of open-source enterprise-resource-planning (ERP) software for PSE, is launching a commercial software company. While Kuali’s software will remain free and open-source, this nevertheless marks a change for the company which has for a decade operated as a non-profit. In a blog post, Chair of the company’s board of directors Brad Wheeler said that moving to a commercial model will help the company meet the challenges brought about by an expanding marketplace for its products. Wheeler says that the company is “avoiding traditional investment avenues to help the company stay aligned with higher education.” Under the new model, the company will no longer have members but will instead allow customers to sit on councils to provide feedback about design and priority, investing in projects to help move work along. The firm will seek revenue from hosting services and contracted software development. Inside Higher Ed| Kuali Blog Post