[Global_chapter_committee] Discussion on New Chapter Finance Policy

Tom Brennan tomb at owasp.org
Thu Jun 30 07:35:48 EDT 2011


https://www.owasp.org/index.php?title=Chapter_Finance_Policy_and_Procedure&action=history

Do we have an abuse case that is driving a guideline/procedure?

Semper Fi,

Tom Brennan
Tel: 973-202-0122







On Jun 29, 2011, at 11:02 PM, Matthew Chalmers <matthew.chalmers at owasp.org> wrote:

> Where did this "proposal" come from? Why is the Board voting on it? I see the only page that links to it on the wiki is the minutes from a Board meeting, but it's listed as a reference without much context.
> 
> Before commenting on this "proposal" (which looks and sounds like complete crap to me), I'd like to know where it came from and who asked the Board to vote on it.
> 
> --matt
> 
> 
> On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 9:04 PM, Tin Zaw <tin.zaw at owasp.org> wrote:
> 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 https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Chapter_Finance_Policy_and_Procedure
> 
> 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. 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Tin Zaw, CISSP, CSSLP
> Chapter Leader and President, OWASP Los Angeles Chapter
> Chair, OWASP Global Chapter Committee 
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