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The Distributed Proofreaders Foundation

The Distributed Proofreaders Foundation is the legal entity through which the Distributed Proofreaders organization is governed.

The official title of the Foundation is Distributed Proofreaders Foundation, Inc. It is a 501(c)3 tax exempt public charity. The tax id. or EIN Number is 20-4682326 and donations are tax exempt under US Law. For information on donating to the Distributed Proofreaders Foundation please see this page.

Present By-Laws may be found here as a post to the DP forum: click here.

Historical By-Laws may be found here.

The original Certificate of Incorporation may be found here in pdf form: click here.

Board of Trustees

The history and responsibility of the Board is detailed at Board of Trustees, but the current members of the Board are also presented here.

The Board of Trustees consists of:

  • David Garcia, donovan, President (Trustee from 2010 until 2016).
  • Walt Farrell, wfarrell, Secretary (Trustee from 2013 until 2016).
  • Dianna Adair, Adair, Treasurer (Trustee from 2011 until 2018).
  • John Welch, John_NZ (Trustee from 2015 until 2018).
  • Martin Sträßer, mstraesser (Trustee from 2011 until 2017).
  • Juliet Sutherland, JulietS (Trustee from 2014 until 2017; also External Liaison and Registered Agent).
  • Greg Newby, gbnewby ('external member' Trustee from 2011 to 2014; Class 4 Trustee from 2014 to 2017).

If you need to contact one of the officers you can use the links above to do so via PM if you're a DP volunteer, or you may use one of the following email addresses:

  • President: dpf-president at
  • Secretary: dpf-secretary at
  • Treasurer: dpf-treasurer at


When DP was founded by Charles Franks (charlz) in 2000, it was a privately owned and maintained website hosted on his home computer. He accepted contributions towards the operating costs of the site, but they were not tax-deductible.

Sometime around July 2002, Charles decided officially to associate DP with Project Gutenberg, so that the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation (PGLAF), which already existed as a non-profit, tax-deductible donation-accepting organization, could deal with the financial matters. As such, DP became known as "Project Gutenberg's Distributed Proofreaders" (PGDP). Charles turned over the money that had been donated to DP to PGLAF, and from July 2002 to May 2006, PGDP operated under the financial umbrella and corporate protection of PGLAF.

During the time that DP was a part of PGLAF, the administration of DP had remained separate from the administration of PG. When DP grew to a certain point, it became apparent that it should have its own legal entity to oversee finances and administrativa. The DPF was announced formally in this forum thread on 7 May 2006.

In 2006 the Board of Trustees consisted of:

  • Juliet Sutherland
  • Charles Franks
  • Greg Newby

A link to the PG site and an essay of the history of PG, may be found at: History of Project Gutenberg

A time line for the history of Distributed Proofreaders with associated links, may be found at: DP_Timeline

State of DPF

The 2015 State of DPF.

The 2014 State of DPF.

The 2013 State of DPF.


The Distributed Proofreaders Foundation welcomes (and depends on) monetary donations in order to carry out our goal of supporting the Distributed Proofreaders website and enabling the volunteers at DP to continue providing books to Project Gutenberg. If you would like to assist us in supporting Distributed Proofreaders by making a donation, please see DPFoundation:Information for Donors for information on the contribution methods that we support.

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