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The following vision statement is proposed for approval by the Board, to be published on our Foundation blog and used as a basis for our 5-year plan: Our mission is to support communities that create and distribute Open Source software at no charge under the Apache License, per our Bylaws. To this end we provide (virtual) space and resources, including mentoring, for project communities to flourish, produce and release software under our legal umbrella. We are strongly committed to our projects' independence from any external influences, be they corporate, organizational or otherwise. This allows us to provide a neutral space for our communities. As a Foundation we intentionally do not define a technical strategy; that is determined by our projects. The Foundation's goals center on communities, as opposed to technologies. The Foundation is managed and directed by its Members, who are individual volunteers. Companies or organizations cannot be members of the Foundation, nor take a role in the governance of our projects. We help our communities understand and practice the Apache Way, a collection of practices for collaboration and project sustainability that we document and clarify on an ongoing basis. We expect our community members to act as individuals. Their rights and responsibilities are based solely on their merit, defined by what they individually do in project communities, not on any external affiliation, title, or degree they may have, nor on their contributions to external projects or other organizations. We provide very reliable and highly automated core infrastructure services to our projects. We allow projects to use external non-core services based on their specific needs, allowing our own services to remain simple and focused. For durability, all our critical data and services are managed or mirrored on systems that we fully control. Our marketing and outreach is focused on activities that directly support our mission, educate the public about Apache projects and the Apache Way, and help attract the types of communities for which our Foundation is a good home. Our fundraising-related activities help find and retain the sponsors and donations on which our operations depend. We seek donations from corporations and individuals who support our mission. We provide legal and brand management services to our projects based on demonstrated needs, and define branding policies and best practices to help our projects benefit from the strong Apache brand in an appropriate way. We welcome new projects via our Incubator, where experienced mentors help them learn to operate as Apache communities and projects. Incubation is where communities are defined, so we put a strong emphasis on guidance during the incubation phase to promote self-governance and preserve our core values as the Foundation grows. The board adopts this mission statement as proposed by general consent. @Sally: review the mission statement for publication