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Call for Major Donor Contributions to USENIX

The USENIX Association is a 501(c)(3) organization that fosters technical excellence and innovation; supports and disseminates research with a practical bias; provides a neutral forum for discussion of technical issues; and encourages computing outreach into the community at large. USENIX is currently seeking external financial support to ensure the longevity and stability of its many valuable programs that serve the computing community, from high school students through researchers in academia and industry.

USENIX Overview

Since 1975, USENIX has brought together the community of engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the cutting edge of the computing world. The USENIX conferences have become the essential meeting grounds for the presentation and discussion of the most advanced information on the developments of all aspects of computing systems. USENIX supports its members' professional and technical development through a variety of ongoing activities. The Association also provides services to the community, including student programs (e.g., grants to attend conferences, university outreach program) and good works (e.g., support of the USA Computing Olympiad for high school students).

Donation Terms

Donations to USENIX are tax deductible for those who donate. As a 501(c)(3) organization, USENIX may accept gifts in any amount. Donors may elect to give unrestricted gifts for our reserve fund or restricted gifts for endowment(s). In the latter case, the specific donation terms would be discussed between the USENIX Executive Director(s) and the donor(s).

Endowment Options

As part of the development of our General Fund Endowment, USENIX welcomes general support of its mission in the form of unrestricted donations. However, we also seek support for specific programs for Special Project Endowment(s). These include:

  • Student grants for conference attendance, including coverage of registration fees and travel expenses
  • Student membership programs, including low membership fees and a university outreach program
  • Grants for conference attendance for underrepresented groups within the computing community (e.g., women)
  • High school programs, including sponsorship of the USA Computing Olympiad
  • Publication of conference proceedings and workshop papers, for which the paper authors maintain their copyright and that are openly available to everyone upon publication
  • Video recording of conference presentations, including refereed papers and invited talks, for public dissemination per our commitment to open access to research for all
  • Special awards for exceptional accomplishment in the community, including the USENIX Lifetime Achievement Award, the Software Tools User Group Award, and the LISA Award for Outstanding Achievement in System Administration
  • LISA Special Interest Group for System Administrators, including services such as the Sysadmin Salary Survey, publications, and jobs board
  • ;login: Magazine, our bimonthly journal for members that also includes freely available content, such as conference reports and book reviews

Spending Policy

The Association will spend within a range of 4-6% of the General Fund Endowment's market value per year.

Donor Recognition

Donors to the USENIX Association endowment(s) may select to be recognized on the USENIX Web site, in ;login: Magazine, and in conference collateral (e.g., conference directories, signage), as well as in other media determined by mutual agreement by USENIX and the donor.

Contact Us

Please contact the USENIX Executive Directors, Anne Dickison and Casey Henderson, by emailing execdir@usenix.org or calling 510.528.8649, for more information about contributing to USENIX. We appreciate your consideration and look forward to speaking with you.