Change is afoot. The company which has been behind Elgg development (Curverider Ltd) for the past 4 years is in the process of being acquired by Thematic Networks - full press release - and the open source Elgg project is moving under the control of a community led not-for-profit foundation.
Under the guidance of Elgg’s lead developer, Brett Profitt and core developer Cash Costello, Elgg is in great shape to move forward as a not-for-profit venture. This is similar to other open source projects such as Drupal (with the Drupal association), Mozilla, Plone and Apache. For more information regarding the foundation, or to get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can also confirm that the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University, who provide hosting for Drupal, Debian and Apache among others, have offered server space to help out the Elgg project, this is a generous gesture.
On a more personal note, it is time to move on to new ventures. Since starting Elgg with Ben Werdmuller, back in 2004, the whole journey has been a great learning experience. I feel privileged to have met and worked with many talented people along the way and would like to thank all those who have given advice, contributed code, bug tested, translated, sponsored and helped promote Elgg over the past six years, it was greatly appreciated.
With around 500,000 engine downloads, over 2.3 million plugin downloads, an active community, large organisations using Elgg, a new book (written by Cash) in the pipeline, 1.8 dev progressing well and the creation of a not-for-profit foundation, the future is looking good for Elgg.