Membership FAQs

NEW MEMBERS

How can I join?

Please visit https://iowngf.org/join-forum/#steps for instructions to join the IOWN GF.

What is the difference between membership classes?

Sponsor Membership is for companies that are willing to commit time and resources to realize the world of IOWN. Sponsor Members are eligible for leadership positions, including a Board of Directors seat and all Steering Committee and Working Group leadership positions. Sponsor Members also can participate on IOWN Global Forum Steering Committees.

General Membership is for companies that are interested in the world of IOWN and want to be a part of its development. With General Membership, a Company is able to vote in all Working Groups, make contributions, and suggest new work areas.

Academic or Research Membership is for non-profit entities that are organized and operated primarily as an educational entity or research organization under the laws and regulations of its domicile jurisdiction. This membership class was designed to give qualifying organizations the same rights as General membership, except without voting privileges and without the eligibility for a Vice Chair leadership position, for the reduced membership fee of $2,000 per year in recognition of their non-profit status.

What happens after I fill out and submit the Participation Agreement?

Your agreement will be reviewed by the IOWN Global Forum team for completeness and by the IOWN Global Forum Board of Directors. The review period takes one week, after which the IOWN Global Forum team will contact you with an invoice for your annual membership fee. If there are any questions or further review required, you will be notified and kept informed of the status.

How can I submit a Participation Agreement?

You can submit the Participation Agreement in one of the following ways
o Online
o Download and email a copy to [email protected]
o Download and mail a copy using the contact information listed on the form.

How do I apply / qualify for Academic or Research membership?

Please submit the completed Participation Agreement and proof you meet the requirements for the selected Membership Classification. Proof can be your Organization’s “charter” or “articles” or any other official document that describes how you are organized or formed in your jurisdiction.

IOWN Global Forum will review any and all applications by academic institutions and research organizations for Membership to confirm the status of the applicant, and may reject an application if it determines that the applicant fails to meet the requirements for this Membership Classification.

Are there any restrictions to which Membership Class I can join?

Sponsor and General membership are open to all organizations, including Academic Institutions and Research Organizations.

The Academic or Research membership is only open to entities that meet the requirements to qualify as either an “academic institution” or “research organization”. An “academic institution” means any non-profit entity that is organized and operated primarily as an educational entity under the laws and regulations of its domicile jurisdiction. A “research organization” means any non-profit entity that is organized and operated primarily as a research organization under the laws and regulations of its domicile jurisdiction.

MEMBERSHIP DUES

What are membership fees?

Membership fees are set by the IOWN Global Forum Board of Directors. Currently the annual Sponsor Membership fee is $50,000 USD and the annual General Membership fee is $20,000. IOWN Global Forum offers special membership terms for Academic or Research members with an annual fee of $2,000.

How long is the membership term?

Membership is active for 1 (one) year from the month you join. If an organization joins in May 31, 2020, their membership will be active for one year until May 30, 2021, at which point their membership will be eligible for renewal.

What payment methods are accepted?

IOWN Global Forum can accept payment by check or wire transfer. All necessary details to process payment are included on your invoice.

Are the membership dues inclusive of taxes and fees?

In the event any governmental authority imposes any sales, use or excise tax, duty, custom, levy, fee, or any other tax, charge or fee of any nature whatsoever related to the payment of the membership fees (collectively, the “Tax”), member shall be responsible to pay the Tax in full to ensure IOWN Global Forum collects the entire amount of its membership fees.