With your help, the IETF today can continue to build the technical foundation for a better Internet tomorrow..

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ABOUT THE IETF

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a global community of volunteers that develops standards used billions of times by companies, organizations, and individuals every day around the world, including those that provide a foundation for email, domain names, and the Web. Working collaboratively and transparently, the IETF has developed the technical open standards that have transformed industries, turning technologies and networks into communications tools and collaboration platforms that connect people, communities, and organizations everywhere.


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To sustain the critical work of the IETF, the Internet Society launched the IETF Endowment to ensure long-term, sustainable funding for the development, evolution, and use of open Internet protocols. The IETF Endowment will provide direct financial support for the IETF.

Themes of
IETF's Work


Key themes guide IETF’s work to build the technical foundations for a bigger, better Internet tomorrow. The IETF is setting the stage for the Internet of Things by creating new capabilities and adapting Internet technology that currently works on computers and smartphones to work well on everything from sensors to automobiles. The IETF is creating new technical standards with privacy and security built-in from the beginning, and retro-fitting existing standards to improve people’s ability to trust the Internet with their private communications and commercial transactions. The IETF is also creating the building blocks to make real-time collaboration via the Web easier and more seamless.

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SUSTAINING IETF'S WORK

Just as the Internet is growing, so too is the IETF encouraging participation in creating standards by Open Source communities and technical experts from places like Latin America and Africa. The IETF is fortunate to receive funding from sponsors, partners, and conference fees as it community expands, but these funding sources are not guaranteed. The IETF needs your support to help grow the IETF Endowment into a stable, sustainable source of funding for IETF that will enable broader participation for IETF’s important work long into the future, and ensure IETF’s success and independence continue despite ever-changing economic conditions. Read our Case for Support to learn more about why this campaign comes at a critical time for the IETF.


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SUSTAINING IETF'S WORK

Just as the Internet is growing, so too is the IETF encouraging participation in creating standards by Open Source communities and technical experts from places like Latin America and Africa. The IETF is fortunate to receive funding from sponsors, partners, and conference fees as it community expands, but these funding sources are not guaranteed. The IETF needs your support to help grow the IETF Endowment into a stable, sustainable source of funding for IETF that will enable broader participation for IETF’s important work long into the future, and ensure IETF’s success and independence continue despite ever-changing economic conditions. Read our Case for Support to learn more about why this campaign comes at a critical time for the IETF.


What the IETF
Endowment Supports


Principle contributions to the IETF Endowment must be held in perpetuity, but investment income will be used to support the work of IETF, including lowering barriers to participation by exploring remote meeting technologies, new venues in developing regions of the world, and fee reductions. While the income from the Endowment will not meet all IETF funding needs, it will provide a source of funding for coming challenges the IETF and the Internet community expect to face in the future.

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