The ISSF is a unique think-tank with a great potential for shaping attitude and culture of the wide space programs community. The ISSF finances its programs through annual membership fees, donations, and endowments.
Why should an organization be interested to support the ISSF? There are various reasons. Safety is a strategic business interest in the space industry, as in many other high-tech industries like commercial aviation, high-speed trains, pharmaceuticals, etc. A faulty single product can kill people as well as the manufacturer’s business. One or two accidents may cause the termination of a unique operational system like it happened with the Shuttle and with the supersonic Concorde. A single major disaster can even endanger an entire industrial sector like it is happening in the nuclear power generation business after the Fukushima disaster.
We all know how much safer are cars and airplanes today compared with 50 years ago. Not the same can be said for spaceflight. Safety has been stagnant, no progress! But how can you make progress in safety if educational programs do not exist and research is not made. When some newcomers even discard the experience accumulated by government programs and wish to restart the learning process all over again? Human spaceflight will never expand and thrive if the safety record is not substantially improved. Taking no action but believing that space travel risks are forever inevitable, that substantial improvements are almost impossible, and relying on public acceptance of high levels of risk while society is increasingly risk-averse is a recipe for failure.
For the above reasons supporting space safety education and independent research can contribute to the future well being, progress and expansion of the entire space industry.
Fundraising and Spending
Fundraising funds to ISSF programs/projects are provided by Corporate or Institutional Members and by Exceptional Donors, which having recognized the importance of ISSF goals for the human progress in space are willing to financially contribute to their achievement on a philanthropic basis. Corporate or Institutional Members are those corporations or institutions which volunteer to make annual donations, and receive in exchange certain services like access and use of ISSF studies results or discounts for their employees’ attendance to conferences, seminars, workshop and training events organized by ISSF.
Membership fees depends on size/importance of the organizations:
- Top Organizations: $10,000
- Large Organizations: $5,000
- SmallMedium Enterprise: $1,000
Exceptional Donors are individuals, institutions or corporations which make substantial grants to ISSF on extemporary basis (i.e. once or without pre determination of amount and periodicity).
Exceptional donors will belong to one of the following three categories:
- Benefactor: $25,000 or more
- Patron: $15,000-24,999
- Contributor: $10,000-14,999
For prospective corporate sponsors, here is more information.