One hundred years from now, future generations will have access to the unique visual content available on Flickr today as a result of the Flickr Foundation’s efforts to protect and preserve it.


Our Mission

The world has never had a collection of 50 billion photos before, let alone a collection that’s growing quickly every day. What a precious thing.

Our mission is to develop and sustain an accessible social and technical infrastructure to protect this invaluable collection for future generations. We will work towards continuity that allows people to contribute to, learn from, and enjoy this treasure for years to come.

The groundbreaking Flickr Commons program will be sustained and supported by the Foundation. Our work will prioritise supporting smaller cultural organisations with tools, practice, and community to develop deeper public engagement with their photography collections.

We will:

  • Support exchanging ideas, toys, and software about the Flickr archive
  • Fund, collaborate, and co-design ideas and strategies for long-term access and preservation
  • Foster development of creative archival practices, malleable content and metadata, and curation situated in the 21st century.

Our values

  • Calibration & Adaptation
    • We seek to inject the idea of freshness and the present into our long-term thinking and contemporary and contextual strategies.
    • We expect our mission to be re-evaluated and likely rewritten by agreement every 5 years or so.
  • Legibility & Modelling
    • We see use and accessibility as pivotal elements of the long-term preservation strategy.
    • We want to present working models to demonstrate concepts, approaches, and to give ideas form.
    • We will publish progress reports regularly.
  • Resolve & Ritual
    • We will not be the sole beneficiaries of our work. We must be constantly conscious of the goal for it to outlive us.
    • We will develop rituals like the 100-year plan to support the organisation and community as society and technology evolves around the Foundation’s mission over decades.
    • Mentorship and memory will be key structural elements of the organisation.
  • Friendliness
    • This is work for all of us. We want to enjoy doing something bigger than ourselves.
    • We are approachable and connected with the wider cultural community.
    • We will not presume to know everything. 
    • We will give generously: models, writing, work, time, funds, storage.
    • We will listen deeply as we work to welcome new voices to our mission.


Governance: The Flickr Foundation is a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors. The board is responsible for setting the organization’s policies and overseeing its operations.

Finances: The Flickr Charitable Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We’re “doing business as” the Flickr Foundation.

Privacy Policy: The Flickr Foundation is committed to protecting the privacy of our donors and website visitors. We will never sell or share your personal information with any third party. For more information, please see our privacy policy.

Copyright: © Flickr Foundation, subject to a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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Phone: +1 (650) 669-8387