protecting the GPL source code of the Drupal project and its community contributionsthe Drupal Association assumes the responsibility for pursuing GPL violators and enforcing the legal agreement that is invoked whenever you use GPLed software.http://drupal.org/licensing/faq/
protecting the Drupal project and community through legal work and advocacyDoing legal work and advocacy is a proactive way to reduce the misuse and abuse of open source software and licenses. It demonstrates how the Drupal Association cares about making a healthy legal environment for Drupal software development to happen.
maintaining the hardwareServers and software infrastructure of Drupal.org and other community sites http://drupal.org/node/155850
organizing and promoting worldwide eventsEvents are a big part of Drupal, and one of the biggest functions of the Drupal Association to date. We have been producing two DrupalCons a year, and we plan to add a third as early as 2012. The Drupal Association is also interested in the success of DrupalCamps and other events including sprints, and plans to increase support for those events.
communicating the benefits of the Drupal softwareThe Drupal Association takes it upon itself to talk about why Drupal is good software. Marketing Drupal and promoting its use, as well as the use of free and open-source software in general, is one of our paramount roles.
Empowering the Drupal community to participate in and contribute to the projectThe Drupal community: Come for the software, stay for the community. While the software project must always clearly come first, as without it there would be no Drupal, we see the Drupal community as a unique and precious aspect of the Drupal project. The communitys participation and contributions are what we want to foster and nurture in this case.Ref: https://association.drupal.org/node/669