[Osmf-talk] OSMF Membership Fee Waivers for Financial Hardship

Mikel Maron mikel.maron at gmail.com
Fri Nov 16 15:42:30 UTC 2018

If the membership fee for OSMF is a financial burden, the OSMF Board will review any requests for a fee waiver from potential members. This is a temporary measure, while a full process is implemented (if you are interested to help, please let us know!) Below are details on the decision, how we'll handle applications from yesterday, and how to apply.

To apply:
    email board at osmfoundation.org, with your first and last name, country of residence, OSM id. Also please state that you are applying for fee waiver because of financial hardship, and give a short account of your activities in OpenStreetMap.

On the decision:
At the 2014 Annual General Meeting [1], it was decided

>  The membership fee for associate membership, which normally is tied to the regular membership fee, may be waived if paying the fee would constitute an unreasonable burden to the member, either because of financial hardship or because of the lack of a suitable money transfer facility.

Implementation was delegated to the Membership Working Group. Yesterday, they announced the full process for waiver because of lack of suitable money transfer [2].

At yesterday's Board meeting, we resolved to review fee waiver requests for financial hardship. [3]

> The membership fee waiver program has not been implemented yet. However, today (2018-11-15) there was a flurry of emails sent to the board and the Membership Working Group from people asking to join the Foundation and the fee to be waived. The board will review the requests and individually decide on the waiver. If approved, the membership join date will be the date of the approval.

The starting date of membership will be recorded on the day they are processed. That means that applicants from yesterday will not be members in time to participate in this year's AGM. There was a request to delay the AGM to accommodate more sign ups through this process; however the AGM time and date had already been announced.

[1] https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Annual_General_Meetings/14[2https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/osmf-talk/2018-November/005427.html[3https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Board/Minutes/2018-11-15#Voting_on_reviewing_recent_fee_waiver_requests

* Mikel Maron * +14152835207 @mikel s:mikelmaron
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