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From 1 April 2005 to 30 June 2005, the annual Membership fee for an organization was the product of a Base Fee and a Multiplier, that is:

       Membership Fee = Base Fee * Multiplier

A history of W3C Membership Fees is available.

Determination of Currency

Each organization pays Membership fees in one of three currencies, depending on the country where its headquarters are located. W3C uses multiple currencies to offset some of the vagaries of currency exchange rates, which vary more often than W3C changes its fees. This means more predictability for Members (when establishing their budgets) and more predictability for the W3C staff -- almost all of the Member fees that are received in a given currency are also spent by the W3C staff in that same currency.

US Dollars, Euros, and Japanese Yen were chosen as the three currencies in light of the locations of the three W3C Host institutions: MIT, ERCIM, and Keio University.

The currency for a given country is determined as follows:

Determination of Base Fee

The Base Fee for a given country is determined as follows:

Determination of Multiplier

The Multipliers in the table below are determined by these factors:

To promote diverse Membership, W3C offers lower Membership fees for organizations in some countries, based on a World Bank classification of country income. This resource defines four categories of countries: high income countries (HIC); upper middle income (UMC), lower middle income (LMC), and low income (LIC). The World Bank revises their categorization each year on 1 July. The changes take effect in W3C fee calculations on the following 1 January.

During the first three years of an organization's membership, if the World Bank classification of a country changes, that change does not change the annual membership fee for that organization. Any country classification changes will affect the annual membership fee for an organization in the fourth and subsequent years of membership.

The Upper Limit used in the table that follows is defined to be, for each currency:

The Intermediate Limit used in the table that follows is defined to be, for each currency:

Note: The currency relationships of the Upper and Intermediate Limits approximate the currency relationships of the fees themselves.

Membership Fee Multiplier Table

Country classification Organization Type Multiplier
High-income countries (HIC) For-profit organization with revenue of greater than or equal to the Upper Limit. 1.0
For-profit organization with revenue of greater than or equal to the Intermediate Limit and less than the Upper Limit. .4
All other organizations. .1
Upper-middle income countries (UMC) For-profit organization with revenue of greater than or equal to the Upper Limit. 1.0
For-profit organization with revenue of greater than or equal to the Intermediate Limit and less than the Upper Limit. .4
For-profit organization with revenue of greater than or equal to .6 times the Intermediate Limit and less than the Intermediate Limit. .1
All other organizations. .06
Lower-middle income countries (LMC) For-profit organization with revenue of greater than or equal to the Upper Limit. 1.0
For-profit organization with revenue of greater than or equal to the Intermediate Limit and less than the Upper Limit. .4
For-profit organization with revenue of greater than or equal to .3 times the Intermediate Limit and less than the Intermediate Limit. .1
All other organizations. .03
Low income countries (LIC) For-profit organization with revenue of greater than or equal to the Upper Limit. 1.0
For-profit organization with revenue of greater than or equal to the Intermediate Limit and less than the Upper Limit. .4
For-profit organization with revenue of greater than or equal to .15 times the Intermediate Limit and less than the Intermediate Limit. .1
All other organizations. .015

Historical Note

On 24 May 2005, W3C introduced the Intermediate Fee Level. Between 1 April 2005 and 23 May 2005, There was no Intermediate Fee Level and the Upper Limits were:

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