OSFPGA Foundation Membership Committee

The OSFPGA Foundation Membership Committee supports the membership activities of the OSFPGA Foundation by the creation of, and ultimately, the execution of foundation membership strategy, plans, and deliverables.  The OSFPGA Foundation is an organization driven by our membership, and our intent is to ensure all community members have the opportunity to participate in the membership functions of the Foundation. We will encourage the Committee to collect and represent the member’s ideas and positions.

The structure of the Membership Committee is as below. The Membership Committee Chair works directly with members of the Membership Committee.  With this policy, we have defined the roles of our existing committees, and we have a fair and clear way to evaluate new groups and chair and vice-chair nominees.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Membership Committee

The Membership Committee seeks to generate awareness and widespread adoption of Open Source FPGA Technologies, the development and nurturing of a thriving, collaborative ecosystem, to advocate for the Foundation, and to contribute towards the brand recognition of the OSFPGA brand worldwide. Examples of Membership Committee responsibilities include, but are not limited to member engagement and benefits.

Member Engagement includes:

  • Outreach and recruiting
  • Initiating collaboration
  • Communications

Specifically:

  • Outreaching, promoting OSFPGA platform and recruiting prospective members in respective membership categories i.e. corporate, startups, universities
  • Engaging members in key initiatives, programs, and projects
  • Apprising members of new benefits, services, and opportunities
  • Organizing open source user and developer community dialogue through the OSFPGA Member Forum
  • Provide feedback on planning of member value-added engagement activities to help ensure that they are aligned with member requirements and the foundation’s vision, and mission and strategy.

Member Benefits include:

  • Provides inputs on creating and promoting new benefits and value services through the OSFPGA platform
  • Maintains the annual benefits package that provides value to members in respective categories
  • Provide feedback on member benefits and services to help ensure that they are useful, yielding value and aligned with member requirements and the foundation’s vision, and mission and strategy
  • Identifies and manages opportunities for creating and extending tailored benefits/ value services

Responsibilities of Membership Committee Members

The success of the Membership Committee is determined by its members.  As a member of the Committee, you are expected to provide input into and feedback on the strategic membership plan, membership activities, and contribute to the overall execution of membership growth and value building efforts.   You may lead specific member segments (such as corporate, startups, universities) or activities to increase engagement, collaboration, and long term value.

Contributing to the Membership Committee is open to all members of the OSFPGA Foundation.  Ability to vote in the Membership Committee is consistent with the voting requirements of the OSFPGA Foundation as a whole.

Responsibilities of the Membership Committee Chair

  • Collaborate with the CEO on the strategic membership plan and goals.
  • Bring the voice of the member community into membership plans.
  • Collaborate with the Chairs of Marketing Committee and other committees to build and promote member value in all categories
  • Works with the CEO to prepare for the membership committee meetings by providing agenda and discussion topics, reviewing content for the meeting, and bringing the member community voice to the meeting.
  • Leads and/or provides input and/or guidance to specific membership tasks (outreach, community development, benefits, services, engagement, sponsorships, partnerships, etc).
  • Guiding membership, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities with open-source ecosystem players
  • Foster collaboration within the Membership Committee to achieve the membership goals.
  • Attend the membership meetings, and participate in membership outreach and communications planning as much as possible.
  • The Membership Committee Chair is elected by the Membership Committee annually and with no term limits. They must be from a Premier or Corporate Member.

Term and Election Process

Committee and Task Group chairs are elected for an annual term. There are no term limits.
In this section “Candidates” refer to people who want to be considered for a position. “Nominees” are sent to the Membership Committee for approval. Existing Chairs and Vice Chairs may be candidates. Chairs must be non-individual members (Premier, Corporate). Vice Chairs can be individual members.

The election cycle is as follows:

  • Request for candidates by <date>
  • Candidates identified by <date + 14 days>
  • Nominees voted on at the next membership Committee meeting

Who can vote

Any member of the Membership Committee can vote.