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Attendees of Community Summit 2023 in National Harbor, Washington, DC, USA.

How five percent is powering the next generation of the web

WordPress needs YOU!

Five for the Future is an initiative promoting the WordPress community’s contribution to the platform’s growth. As an open source project, WordPress is created by a diverse collection of people from around the world.

What is Five for the Future?

Launched in 2014, Five for the Future encourages organizations to contribute five percent of their resources to WordPress development. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg proposed this benchmark to maintain a “golden ratio” of contributors to users. 

The community has risen to the challenge, with participation more than quadrupling since launch. 

Who should participate in Five for the Future?

Anyone can contribute to Five for the Future. Many contributors focus on the technical side of WordPress, such as core development, but there are also teams working in other areas like marketing, translation, training, and community. There is always a way to get involved, whatever your skill set.

Why should you participate in Five for the Future?

Contributors have the opportunity to learn alongside passionate innovators who are more than happy to share their knowledge and experience. 

For organizations, WordPress contribution can provide more cost-effective training or growth opportunities than many traditional programs.

Participants see a number of benefits: 

  • Identifying and recruiting talent.
  • Influencing the direction of the WordPress platform.
  • Contributing to the future of the open web.

Case Study

Pooja is the face of WPVibes in the global WordPress community. She enjoys working with WordPress and always finds new ways to help. Pooja plays a big role in making WordPress better, and she is trying to do even more every day. Her leadership and support mean a lot to WPVibes and the people who use WordPress. For us, it would be really strange to think about WordPress without Pooja.

Anand Upadhyay, WPVibes Co-Founder

Pooja Derashri has contributed to several WordPress teams, including Community, Polyglots, Test, and Training. She has been a Test Lead for multiple WordPress releases and served as a Test and Training Team Rep. In recognition of her many contributions, Pooja also received the Kim Parsell Scholarship in 2022.

Learn more about how Pooja contributes.

Pooja Derashri

How to Participate