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Associate Member Benefits

by Jeanne Rasata Contributions Published on Mar 30, 2012 12:54 PM
Here are just some of the benefits of being an associate member of the Free Software Foundation...
Sustaining Support of FSF (aka "warm inner glow")

You can proudly proclaim that you are helping FSF carry out its mission to promote and preserve software freedom.

Ultra-slim USB Membership Card

Picture of USB Member Card

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You will receive an ultra slim, credit-card-sized, 4GB card loaded with Trisquel Live, a fully free GNU/Linux distribution. The card sports an incredibly sturdy and durable double-sided USB connector and fits in a wallet, so you can take it anywhere - sharing GNU/Linux on the go!

Please note that the bootable membership cards are cost effective only if we print and send them out in batches. Cards will go out every month. Thanks in advance for your patience!

FSF member button

[FSF Associate Member]

Show the world you support software freedom by displaying your associate member button for the whole world to see.

Email Forwarding

Show the world you support free software! Receive up to five email aliases in the domain to forward to other addresses. (Email-alias availability is not guaranteed; aliases are given out on a first-come-first-served basis.)

Free entry to the LibrePlanet conference

All current associate members of the FSF are invited to attend the FSF's annual conference held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The conference is an opportunity for associate members and free software supporters to meet each other and discuss current issues with FSF staff and some members of the FSF's Board of Directors.

20% Discount on FSF Merchandise

You will receive a 20% discount on all purchases in the FSF's shop — we've got plenty of books, t-shirts, and GNU gear to choose from!

To use your discount, simply log into your FSF account, and you'll be taken to a page that explains the process.

Biannual FSF Bulletin

FSF publishes a compact tri-color bulletin twice a year to keep our members and donors informed of current FSF activities and efforts — sent to you via postal mail.

IRC cloak on Freenode

FSF members can receive an IRC cloak in the form fsf/member/username — please send your membership number and registered IRC nickname to

Use of an XMPP Jabber Server

FSF members can use an XMPP (Jabber) server that is federated, enabling them to communicate with any other XMPP user, on our server or elsewhere. Use your FSF username as the jabber username, and as the domain if your XMPP client supports server discovery via a DNS SRV record lookup. Most XMPP clients support this. If your client does not, you can use as the server name. Make sure to enable encryption: we support TLS on port 5222 only. Your password is the same as your FSF member password. (Please report any problems you might encounter to

Digital Credit Union eligibility

FSF members in the US are eligible to join a credit union for their banking.

Ask a friend or free software supporter to become an FSF member and receive recognition for building a stronger movement!

As an FSF associate member, a great way to contribute further is by talking with your friends and colleagues about our work to promote, protect and develop free software -- in particular about becoming an FSF member. The growth of the free software movement depends on members like you! We publicly thank all our members who have inspired others to join.

Tax deduction in the USA

FSF is a 501(c)(3) charity in the USA, and therefore your membership dues are tax deductible in the USA. The estimated value of the membership benefit items is $10. Therefore, the full amount of your dues minus $10 is a tax-deductible contribution to the FSF.

Associate Members are non-voting members of the Free Software Foundation, Inc.

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