[Owasp-board] 2011 budget and Summit org plan

Jeff Williams jeff.williams at owasp.org
Wed Jan 26 02:04:39 UTC 2011

Two other related items which Kate and I discussed today.


1)      I think we should generate a dump of actual expenses from QuickBooks
and have it available for the Board call each month.  This would enhance
'radical transparency' and minimize the need for maintaining a wiki page
with all these entries.


2)      Kate and Alison have informed me that with the recent funding
approvals we are basically OUT of money.  We are already dipping into the
"reserve" that we established.  So let's be careful with the Summit - we
can't go back to the well because it's out of water.





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[mailto:owasp-board-bounces at lists.owasp.org] On Behalf Of Kate Hartmann
Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 2:47 PM
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Subject: [Owasp-board] 2011 budget and Summit org plan


Group, I've been fielding quite a few questions from folks asking my opinion
on the current status and relationship of committees and the board.  I know
that the Summit will have some rather lively discussions, many of which will
resolve around money:  where is it, where does it come from, where is it
going, who is spending it, etc.


So, I would like to work on a solution before we get there J  You guys have
probably already bounced this around, but I just want to add to whatever
discussions are circulating.


I have attached a very superficial budget for 2011.  Essentially what we
(Alison and I) have done is combine all of the "set" operational costs like
payroll, phones, bank fees, etc.  This is our "operating budget" and this
number can easily be expanded to whatever level of detail is necessary.


What this leaves is a "committee budget" (same across the 7 committees), a
"reserve" or rainy day fund, and a net profit of about zero.  In this model,
the committee chairs would be accountable for their committee budgets.
Dinis had mentioned setting up a wiki page for the budgets so that at any
given point, anyone knows who spent what.  In my opinion, this would allow
the committees to have the autonomy they are demanding yet maintain
accountability.  This would also underscore our "radical openness" as
indicated in our core values.  It also removes the entity referred to as,
"THE BOARD" from budgetary matters thus eliminating any potential conflict
of interest real or imagined.


I understand that some guidelines need to wrap around this structure as a
check and balance. I presume that the "how to do it" can be sorted out at
the Summit so that it will indeed be a community driven proposal.


I'm looking forward to the feedback.   


Kate Hartmann

Operations Director


www.owasp.org <http://www.owasp.org/>  

Skype:  Kate.hartmann1


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