[Osmf-talk] Financing the OSMF

Jonathan bigfatfrog67 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 27 16:11:16 UTC 2013

On 27/08/2013 14:26, Andy Allan wrote:
> 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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