Frequently Asked Questions
- How do you measure success?
At Mozilla, we measure success not only by the adoption of our products, but also by our ability to advance our mission. We do this by improving the health of the internet, increasing the control people have in their online lives, impacting the web with open technologies, and influencing open standards.
- What was Mozilla’s total revenue for 2015?
Mozilla’s consolidated reported revenue (Mozilla Foundation and all subsidiaries) for 2015 was $421.3M (US), as compared to $329.6M in 2014.
- How does Mozilla generate revenue?
The majority of Mozilla revenue is from Firefox Web browser search partnerships around the world. Mozilla’s work is also supported through grants and individual donations. These contributions fund our nonprofit work in education, journalism, science, leadership development and other fields. And, in turn, all of the work we do at Mozilla contributes to the overall sustainability and health of the Internet.
- How does Mozilla spend its money?
More than 75% of Mozilla spending is on people-related investments to produce the products and programs that support our mission: keeping the web open, free, and accessible.
2015 Total Operating Expenses in our People, Products and Programs were relatively flat as we realigned product investments. There was a 6% year over year growth from 2014.
In 2015, Mozilla invested in education and advocacy initiatives, working to reinforce the importance of an open web and teach web literacy around the world. In 2015, Mozilla also continued its commitment to building a vibrant, healthy Web ecosystem defined by user choice in our product, policy, and advocacy work.
Mozilla’s tax returns and financial documents from past years are publicly available here.
- What is the status of the organization’s search partnerships?
The majority of Mozilla revenue is from Firefox web browser search partnerships around the world. Mozilla’s work is also supported through grants and individual donations. These contributions fund our nonprofit work in education, journalism, science, leadership development and other fields. And, in turn, all of the work we do at Mozilla contributes to the overall sustainability and health of the internet.
The Mozilla Corporation entered into a new search strategy at the end of 2014. We decided that one global default search partner was no longer the right choice for our users or the web. Instead, we adopted a more local and flexible approach by country to control our own destiny and to diversify the user experience and competitive landscape of web search globally.
We announced Yahoo as our default Firefox search provider in the US at the end of 2014, as well as continued search relationships with Baidu, Yandex and other regional partners around the world. The new search strategy increased the number of options available to Firefox users. We have new partnerships with DuckDuckGo, Google, Yahoo and more. We also continue to have relationships with Amazon, Bing, Twitter, Wikipedia, and regional search providers.
Firefox users can easily choose to change their search provider from a number of pre-installed alternatives, including Amazon, Bing, Google, Twitter, Wikipedia and many regional search providers. This supports our global search strategy and user-focused product strategy to provide people with choice and control over their web experience.
In 2015 and 2016, Mozilla entered into additional search partnerships, bringing our total to 12 partners and including all major internet search providers. The new search strategy diversified revenue sources for Mozilla. While some of this is evident in the 2015 financials, the improvement will be more notable in 2016.
- How diverse is employment at Mozilla?
Inclusion and diversity are central to the Mozilla mission. We know innovation stems from a diverse workforce to fuel different approaches. It is crucial for us to create and maintain a diverse workforce because this diversity of perspective and problem-solving outperforms individual ability. Mozilla has elected to voluntarily and transparently share the information in our filing of the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as part of our ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity. This information reflects our U.S. Corporation employees only. Sharing it publicly is an important step we are taking to improve diversity and inclusion at Mozilla and in the technology industry. We are committed to ongoing transparency in this regard. You can find out more about Mozilla's inclusion and diversity strategy here.
- What are Mozilla’s focus areas for next year?
In 2017, Mozilla will continue our investments in product development with a focus on more mobile products including connected devices experiments and Firefox mobile products like those recently launched (Firefox for iOS, Firefox Focus private browser). We will test and launch new features through the Test Pilot program and we’ll build the Context Graph as the recommender system for the web because we believe that developing an understanding of browser activity at scale unlocks the next generation of web discovery on the internet. Mozilla will continue to promote open standards and contribute to new web technologies (like Servo and Rust with Project Quantum) to meet the increasing performance and security needs as the internet grows and evolves.
In 2017, Mozilla will expand our work in protecting the health of the internet through policy, advocacy, education and products. We will launch our first Internet Health Report, a thorough, compelling examination of the state of the open internet. Through both data and narrative features, our inaugural report will unpack internet health through the lenses of privacy and security, web literacy, digital inclusion, decentralization, and open innovation.
Mozilla will continue to fuel the larger open internet movement. Wielding advocacy campaigns and educational tools and curriculum, Mozilla will work alongside allies in the realms of technology, civil society, and journalism to build a powerful and effective movement.
Our mission is to enable the internet as a global public resource, open and accessible to all. This mission is as important now as it has ever been. We urge everyone who is interested to find a way to contribute, whether through Mozilla or other organizations. We hope reading this gives you insight into the power of Mozilla to deliver on our mission. We invite you to download Firefox or volunteer to be part of Mozilla. Learn more at mozilla.org.