Herndon, Virginia, August 21, 2015 ” With members' feedback in mind, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) launched a new Individual Membership program and simplified its Organizational Membership. USGIF introduced the new structure at the GEOINT 2015 Symposium.
These Membership program changes reflect the natural evolution and maturation of the Foundation and its members, said USGIF CEO Keith Masback. It will set USGIF on a path to better serve our members and the GEOINT Community now and into the future.
From across the community USGIF has heard a desire for a more personal, individualized professional organization dedicated to the GEOINT tradecraft. All individuals will now be able to join USGIF and become part of the professional organization for GEOINT practitioners. USGIF's new Individual Membership program offers more benefits at a lower price, including members-only activities, discounts on event registrations, subscription to trajectory magazine, training and education offerings, an affinity program, and more.
Individual Membership dues for industry are $99 per year and $35 per year for government, military, first responders, law enforcement, academia, full-time students, and young professionals. There are multi-year discounts as well as a Lifetime Membership option that offers individuals special recognition.
Previously, employees of USGIF Organizational Members occasionally experienced certain member benefits as it related to their company's membership. In order to continue receiving USGIF membership benefits, Organizational Member employees and anyone in the community must now join USGIF as an individual.
USGIF consolidated its Organizational Membership levels to three”Strategic Partner, Associate Partner, and Sustaining Partner”and added Small Business Partner and Academic Partner levels. The new structure makes selection of the right membership level easier to identify based on an organization's objectives, business size or type, and desired level of participation.
USGIF has also decoupled individuals from Organizational Memberships. Organizational Members will still receive a certain number of complimentary attendee registrations for the GEOINT Symposium depending on membership level. However, employees of Organizational Members will not be considered USGIF members unless they join as Individual Members. To receive the member rate for USGIF events and member eligibility and discounts for other events, products, and services, individuals must join USGIF as an Individual Member. Organizational Member employees may still participate in USGIF committees, subcommittees, working groups, and task forces as Volunteer Representatives of their employer.
This is an exciting time for the GEOINT profession and for our community, Masback said. The GEOINT Revolution is underway. Now in its 12th year of existence, the GEOINT discipline transcends its national security roots and has extended beyond government into industries of all types.
To learn more about these changes, please read the USGIF Membership Restructure FAQs.
USGIF is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger GEOINT Community with government, industry, academia, professional organizations, and individuals who develop and apply geospatial intelligence to address national security challenges. USGIF executes its mission by building the community, advancing the tradecraft, and accelerating innovation.