W3C adopted new fees in June 2013. The fee changes take effect according to this schedule:
The following table summarizes the net effect of these changes from the February 2012 fees:
|New! For-profit annual revenue ≥ 1B USD||
as of 2015-01-01
|No change||No change||Same change as MIT using a conversion rate to be determined in second half of 2014|
|Threshold ≤ For-profit annual revenue < 1B USD||No change||
(-8.5K EUR) as of 2013-07-01
as of 2013-07-01
|Other orgs (except for startups and regional fee adjustments)||No change||No change||No change||No change|
|Startup||No change||No change||No change||No change|
|Regional Fee Adjustment||No change||No change||No change||No change|
Note: See the fee table for details about the threshold in each currency.
The full list of changes is:
Each organization pays Membership fees in a currency that depends on the country of the Member's headquarters, as follows:
By working in multiple currencies, W3C can more easily manage Host operations. In addition, this provides budget predictability to Members.
Membership fees vary depending on certain characteristics of the organization.
The country of headquarters influences affects the currency of payment, but also whether a lower fee level is available. 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.
We now offer lower fees to enable small companies such as "startups" to participate in W3C. The fee level is available to organizations:
This fee level is only available for the first 2 consecutive years of Membership. During the first year of Membership, if an organization changes to either an Affiliate or Full Membership level, W3C will give them a discount on the new fee (1/12 per month remaining on their current contract).
Members at this fee level are treated as non-Members for the purposes of W3C Business Group Fees.
Note: Due to regional fee adjustments, in some cases an organization is eligible to join at a lower fee level than the startup level. When that is the case, we do not show the startup level in the online fee table.