In 2015, a group of developers launched the Ethereum Foundation in order to support the Ethereum protocol and network. The foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting and supporting Ethereum platform and base layer research, development, and education.
The foundation has control over the Ethereum brand, website, social media accounts, and trademarks. It also controls the development of the Ethereum software client, which is available under an open source license.
The foundation is funded by donations from the Ethereum community, as well as by grants and sponsorships. The foundation does not control the Ethereum network or protocol.
The Ethereum Foundation is led by a group of core developers, including Vitalik Buterin, who is the creator of Ethereum. Other core developers include Gavin Wood, Jeffrey Wilcke, and Joseph Lubin.
The foundation has a governing body called the Board of Directors, which is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization. The board is composed of seven members, including Vitalik Buterin and Gavin Wood.
The foundation also has an Executive Director, Aya Miyaguchi, who is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization.
The foundation is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland.