PowerShell.org is owned and operated by PowerShell.org, Inc., a Nevada not-for-profit* corporation. The corporation is owned by members of the community – until the end of our first fiscal year (ending June 2013), we offered shares of the corporation to help raise operating capital. We also award shares in the corporation to those who do the most to help build our community.
Our shareholders meet annually to elect our Board of Directors. Our Board, in turn, appoints our CEO. The CEO appoints other executive positions, including Chief Operating Officer (COO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and Chief Community Officer (CCO).
Our COO’s primary responsibility is the PowerShell Summit, while our CCO manages The Scripting Games and connects with local user groups. Obviously, specific duties are delegated as needed and as folks volunteer.
Our Board also appoints (or confirms our President’s appointment of) a Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-President. These positions report nominally to the Board itself, and don’t always have specific day-to-day duties.
Neither Directors nor officers receive any financial compensation.
The mission of PowerShell.org, Inc. is to provide educational resources to the global PowerShell community, and to provide assistance and resources to local and regional PowerShell user groups. We hold in-person and virtual events, including our annual PowerShell Summit and The Scripting Games, and we help other groups hold their own events. As a standalone corporation, PowerShell.org, Inc. is not intended to make a profit*, but instead exists so that it can become a self-maintaining, perpetual resource that is independent of Microsoft and of any individual.
You can view our legal documents (articles of incorporation and whatnot, along with shareholder meeting minutes), in our public OneDrive account. We also make our annual budget public, along with summary financial statements, and those are also available for public viewing.
We are financially supported in part by proceeds from the PowerShell Summit and related in-person events, and by the generous donations of corporate sponsors. In exchange, our sponsors receive advertising space on the site and in our monthly TechLetter, and have the opportunity to participate in promotional events like The Scripting Games, TechEd book handouts, and so on. We hope you’ll take the time to check out our sponsors and see what products and services they have to offer.
Our current Directors and Officers:
- Don Jones, President, Chairman of the Board, and CEO
- Jason Helmick, Director, Vice-President, COO, and CFO
- Richard Siddaway, Director and CCO
- Jeffery Hicks, Director and Secretary
- Dave Wyatt, Director
- Teresa Wilson, Treasurer
In addition, Kirk Munro has been named Director Emeritus for his role in co-founding this community and transferring traffic from the original PowerShellCommunity.org website, which is now defunct.
* technically, we’re a “not-for-profit,” which is not a legal status but rather a statement of intent. We cannot be a “nonprofit,” which is a legal status, because our sole purpose is to support a commercial product. You can’t do that and be a nonprofit, the IRS says. Yes, we asked. A lot. So, like other similar organizations – PASS has been a model for us – we’re “not-for-profit.”