Earlier this month, the Drupal Association made a blog post detailing some upcoming changes for DrupalCon Seattle. I recommend you read the whole post, as there's a lot of good information there.
However, I did want to particularly draw your attention to the new price structure. The Early Bird ticket price has increased to $795 -- essentially a 76% increase over last year's price of $450.
(There is a Supporting Partner Early Bird rate of $595, but that is only open to staff of organizations that have given the Drupal Association at least $2500 annually. For the month of August, they are also offering an Alumni Ticket at $550, but there are only 200 of those tickets available, and you are only eligible for that rate if you have attended DrupalCon self-funded twice or more in "recent years.")
Yesterday, I emailed the Drupal Association expressing my concerns that the price increase has made DrupalCon unaffordable for nonprofit staff and requesting a nonprofit discount on the conference fee.
If you are a nonprofit staff person -- or are a vendor who works with nonprofits -- and agree that there should be a more affordable rate for nonprofit attendees, please consider contacting the Drupal Association directly, either through email (firstname.lastname@example.org), via the DrupalCon website contact form (https://events.drupal.org/contact), in the Drupal Slack #nonprofits or #drupalcon channels, on Twitter (@drupalassoc or @drupalcon), or whatever your preferred communication channel may be.
Thanks for your help in speaking up for the nonprofit Drupal commmunity!
I concur with your concern and will take it one step further.
Not only should there be a nonprofit discount, but there are small agencies who sole work is to support nonprofits. As such, our overhead and rates are extremely low. As a community – nonprofits and vendors/consultants alike – who rely on DrupalCon for training and community, we should consider contacting the DA for a review of the new pricing.
Thank you for bringing this issue to the group.
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Ruby, I agree. I'd love to see Drupal Day at 19NTC be a bigger event encompassing the community – i.e., more nonprofits as well as small support agencies.