I have just finished a pleasant weekend, attending and speaking at a genealogy conference. Like many conferences, this one was held by a non-profit organization. However, this organization is very different from the typical genealogy society.
The Guild of One-Name Studies is dedicated to promoting the public understanding of one-name studies and the preservation and accessibility of the resultant information. A one-name study is exactly what it sounds like: studying the origins and migrations of all people who share a particular surname. The individuals being documented may or may not be related to each other. The study often includes documenting several families that share a surname but are not related.