[Global_chapter_committee] Discussion on New Chapter Finance Policy

Tin Zaw tin.zaw at owasp.org
Tue Jun 28 22:04:08 EDT 2011

Dear Committee Members,

*This is rather an important topic that we should discuss* on before sending
it to the board for vote.

The details are outlined at

In short, *I disagree with this policy proposal*. Here are the reasons.

First, I think it is redundant to state that "have a named treasurer listed
on their chapter page". I believe the chapter leader handbook requires that
each chapter need a treasurer and that the chapter leader may be the
treasurer. This is, however, a minor issue.

*The important issue is the automatic transfer of "expired" chapter funds to
the Foundation*. The 60/40 split between the Foundation and the chapter is
based on the principle that the chapter's funds are for local purposes. When
we recruit members -- individuals and companies -- we always make a
commitment that 40% of the dues stay locally, and we put our personal
reputation on it. We should honor that commitment. As the Foundation's funds
from local membership don't have expiration date, the chapter funds should
not have expiration either.

As an alternate, I propose the following.

1. At the end of the year, *chapters are asked to allocate their extra funds
to the Foundation, other chapters, OWASP projects, or other special purposes
* such as OWASP Summit. This is like the a *fund raising drive for the
foundation*. It should be OK for the chapters not to participate.
2. Above option should be available to the chapters at all times.
3. At the end of the year, each chapter with significant funds (to be
decided, I am OK with $3000) needs to *acknowledge that they will continue
to use the funds to advance OWASP mission*. Failure to do so may result in
automatic transfer of funds to the Foundation. (In practice, we should
contact chapters that did not do that in the first call so that we can be
sure they don't have technical issues, etc. If a chapter does not respond
after three tries, automatic transfer happens).

Please let me know what you think.

Chapter Leader and President, OWASP Los Angeles Chapter<http://www.owaspla.org/>
Chair, OWASP Global Chapter

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