The CiviCRM Core Team is responsible for coordinating all project contributions, and for managing CiviCRM LLC, the company legally and financially responsible for CiviCRM.

CiviCRM LLC operates as a not-for-profit organization and is incorporated in the United States. It is managed by the Core Team whose primary purpose is to coordinate (direct and manage) the entire CiviCRM project, including the production of the software, its promotion to its market, the stewardship of the community, and the management of the project’s financial and legal interests. The Core Team is funded through member programs, grants, major donors and earned income, with funds flowing out to project teams as needed (and where possible).

The CiviCRM Core Team coordinates contributions from our users and developers, ensure that people have access to the infrastructure they need to work and communicate effectively, and provide leadership for the project. In short, they enable the work of our community. The Core Team strives to be as open as possible about what we work on, and how we are organized.  Feel free to email us and let us know if you have any other questions you would like to see answered here.

Core Team Members

The Core Team are the managers of CiviCRM LLC and are employed on a contract basis, billing either hourly or as half, three-quarter or full-time equivalent. The Core Team also contracts with individuals and companies to manage specific projects, tasks or working groups within the overall project.

  • Coleman Watts, Product Manager, US
  • Joshua Gowans, Project Manager, US
  • Tim Otten, Software Architect, US

The core team is advised by Dave Greenberg and Donald Lobo, the original founders of CiviCRM.


2016 Operational Objectives

The following goals are intended to improve the overall operation of the project and to increase the Core Team's capacity to coordinate it. Identified and discussed throughout 2015, these are broad goals that will reinforce the organization and efficiency of the project.

  1. Improved contributor program
    Contributors truly are the lifeblood of the project, providing patches, improvements and support for the core product. Going forward, we will do a better job of tracking, encouraging and recognizing contributors.
  2. Implement project teams
    We’ve maintained a simple set of community guidelines to help coordinate the project up to its current release. As we look at the overall ecosystem and consider the project’s complexity, its underlying need for sustainability, as well as the role and constraints on the Core Team, we feel that the ecosystem needs to more clearly be driven by defined project teams. We’re evaluating models implemented at Ubuntu, Joomla and others and will introduce a model unique to CiviCRM that not only helps to focus the community’s efforts, but that ideally fosters both end-user and developer growth and better recognizes project contributions.
  3. B-Corp certification
    Currently, CiviCRM is a California-based Limited Liability Company. Though the formal structure will not change this year, we do hope to achieve B-Corp certification as many of its central ideals resonate with the Core Team and with the community at large.

The Core Team is funded by donations from partners, members, sponsor and individuals that want to support the project and ensure that it remains sustainable for the 0 organizations that rely on it. If you benefit from CiviCRM, we encourage you to get involved in the project.

Core Team working groups

  • Release Management - The CiviCRM Core Team is primarily tasked with coordinating all aspects of CiviCRM, including software development and community management.  The release management of the software is coordinated... read more
  • Mosaico CiviMail Integration - Mosaico is a rich open source email template builder that, combined with CiviMail, make for an incredibly functional and powerful mailing platform. Integration between Mosaico and CiviMail align... read more
  • Integration with DonorSearch - The CiviCRM Core Team, along with Greenleaf Advancement, is undertaking a review and implementation of an integration with Donor Search, a leading provider of donor prospecting and research. The... read more
  • B-Corp Certification - CiviCRM formed in 2005 as a California-based Limited Liability Company and remains such today. The Core Team continuously evaluates the need, process and benefits of shifting the organizational... read more
  • APIv4 - The API working group provides oversight of new proposed APIs including APIv4. API version 4 represents an important leap forward for the CiviCRM platform, and will be increasingly used by... read more

Other teams

Present CiviCRM as the default CRM of choice for non-profits and to grow CiviCRM’s user base.

Create and maintain high-quality versions of CiviCRM for open and free use.

Create an enjoyable, rewarding environment for participation in the project.