Mar 25 2020
Mar 25

Update: Project founder Dries Buytaert has put out his call for your support, as well.

I want to thank you for your patience as the Drupal Association continues to manage the shifting landscape for nonprofits in light of COVID-19. In my last update, I explained that our ability to pivot our plans for DrupalCon depends on governmental intervention, which has not yet occurred for the time period in which DrupalCon Minneapolis is scheduled. Unfortunately this means we're still in a holding pattern as I write this.

That said, we're not spending this time idly. Many hours are being spent with our contracted providers and modeling financial outcomes for the Association and the project.  Through all of this, it has become clear that, regardless of what happens next, we have to deal with the hard reality that DrupalCon revenue is a substantial part of what keeps the Drupal Association vital.   We estimate the revenue loss to range anywhere from $400,000 to $1.1 million.

I’m now reaching out to you to help us close this gap so we may continue to support Drupal, thrive and serve you.

As an organization, join our Supporting Partner Program or join our DrupalCon sponsor pledge to commit your funds regardless of the outcome of the current crisis.

Join as a Supporter

Join the Sponsor Pledge

As an individual, join our membership program, or if you're already a member, consider making an additional donation and/or upgrading your membership level.

Join as a Member

Both individuals and organizations can also simply make a charitable donation.

Make a Donation

Well before this crisis hit, the board and our team have focused on decreasing our dependence on event-based revenue by launching new initiatives such as Drupal Steward, increasing our focus on digital partnerships, and revamping current programs including individual and organizational memberships.  In addition, the board’s strategic planning includes continued diversification of revenue with an eye toward programs requested by our community like organizational certification and more visibility of those contributing to Drupal with time, talent, and treasure.  A pipeline of products and services are in development, but they simply aren’t ready to launch yet. 

Quite frankly, I’m heartbroken because the Drupal Association was on track to achieve many of our strategic goals, leading the organization down a more solid financial path while also expanding our capacity to meet our mission and serve our community.    Only a few months ago, I found great energy and inspiration from the vision of presenting our strategic plans and reporting on our progress to you, in person, at DrupalCon. Absent the effects of COVID-19, I would have more good news to share with you about what we are accomplishing together. 

Instead, we, like most of the world around us, are facing an unprecedented challenge that will only be solved with an unprecedented community effort.

Despite the difficulty of this news and understanding that these are uncertain times for everyone, we continue to cherish our amazing community. As I ask for your support, I want to thank those organizations who have stepped up to confirm their financial commitment: Acquia, Amazee Group, Centarro, Contegix, FFW, Lullabot, Palantir, Srijan and Third and Grove

I hope that you will join them.

Heather Rocker
Executive Director, Drupal Association

Aug 27 2019
Aug 27

Carole Bernard's Drupal.org user profile photoThe Drupal Association (DA) is pleased to announce the recent hire of Carole Bernard as the Director of Marketing and Outreach. She and her team will focus on increasing visibility for the Drupal Association and opportunities for Drupal adoption through marketing, community engagement, volunteer management and public relations activities.

With extensive nonprofit and public sector experience, Bernard has served in senior leadership roles for more than 15 years at local, regional and national organizations.  

Bernard, a Boston native, began her career as a speechwriter for the Mayor of Boston. She then worked as the Director of Public Information for the largest human service agency in New England, Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. She started her own consulting business in 2015, providing strategic communications, fundraising and executive management services to nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC area. She recently served as the Director of Communications and Marketing for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. She also has worked for Paralyzed Veterans of America, National Center for Women and Children and the National Minority AIDS Council as their Director of Communication.

“I am so excited to be a part of the dynamic team at the Drupal Association,” says Bernard. “I am blown away by the passion and commitment of the Drupal community, and I look forward to working with everyone to tell the DA story, to showcase the Drupal project, to broaden the organization’s reach to new audiences and to increase opportunities for Drupal adoption around the world through strategic communications and outreach efforts.”

“We want to continue to position Drupal as the leading open-source CMS for ambitious digital experiences that reach audiences across multiple channels around the world,” says Heather Rocker, DA Executive Director. “We also want to expand our efforts to bring new entities and individuals to the table to participate in our global community. We are excited to have Carole join us and to help us lay out and execute a plan that leverages all of the DA assets for growth, inclusion, awareness and participation.”

Bernard received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Framingham State College and her master’s degree in Journalism from Boston University.

Jul 10 2019
Jul 10

If you want to attract a diverse group of contributors, you have to first show there is a path for a diverse group of people to become leaders -- and providing financial support is a key part of that path.

At the Drupal Association, we believe one of the most positive ways to elevate community members to leadership is through the Drupal Association Board. Board members have an extraordinary opportunity to drive forward the mission and vision of the Drupal Association, and our programs which support the Drupal project, and to ensure that we consider our community in all its diversity.

The board has always had a policy of providing financial support to those members (community elected or otherwise) who cannot afford the cost of travel to board events - or who need financial assistance of some other kind (perhaps to provide translation services or childcare). At the same time, we do ask that those board members who do have the ability to support themselves to do so, particularly if they have a sponsoring organization in the Drupal ecosystem. However, we've realized that this policy is not well documented. This has meant that some excellent candidates may have previously held back from self-nomination for financial reasons. Today, we change that.

To everyone considering running for the community elected board position please don't let finances be a barrier to your self-nomination for the board. We'd love to have you join us and we're committed to making it achievable for you regardless of your financial situation.

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