[Osmf-talk] Financing the OSMF

Simon Poole simon at osmfoundation.org
Tue Aug 27 14:15:51 UTC 2013

Actually currently and that continues with the new articles, while you
will need to be in good standing to vote, however you don't loose your
membership till you are expelled (with the new articles automatically
once you are a year in arrears). As to the drop in membership fees
(which is not reflected in actual membership) that could be yet simply
an artefact of when SOTM takes place relative to the financial year (a
large number of last minute "renewals").


Am 27.08.2013 15:26, schrieb Andy Allan:
> On 26 August 2013 11:54, Simon Poole <simon at osmfoundation.org> wrote:
>> £3'000 income from membership fees
> ... which is an 18% drop from the previous year. Why are we losing
> membership fee income so rapidly?
> The annual income works out as roughly 200 paying members. It's not
> inconceivable in my eyes for us to have 2000 paying members, and that
> could make a substantial contribution to the recurring income. Of
> course, if we have an annual net loss of membership at the current
> rate, it seems better to figure out how to improve retention, and then
> the natural increase in scale of OSM will trickle down to OSMF
> membership, even if nothing else changes.
> As an example, I'm once again faced with a non-trivial amount of
> clicking links and reading websites in order to renew my OSMF
> membership. The email reminder is sitting there unactioned for 24 days
> already. With the way we've set things up, you get kicked out of the
> OSMF every year by default.
> In contrast, I'm a member of two organisations (London Cycling
> Campaign and the British Mountaineering Council) were my membership
> gets renewed automatically and the first I notice is when my fresh
> membership card drops through the letterbox. I bet their retention
> rate is higher than ours!
> I don't see any need to focus on lots of new ways to generate income
> when our current sources are so half-heartedly organised.
> Cheers,
> Andy

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