I wouldn't be so sure about that. Read this from 2009: http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/iseries/common-board-reveals-financial-situation-at-meeting-of-members/
And then read this to further re-iterate the point: http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh102708-story08.html
From: rob@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:rob@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2013 2:43 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: COMMON Virtual Conference
Actually there are a ton of sponsors for this so I'm pretty sure COMMON's expenses (and then some) are more than adequately covered.