[Owasp-board] COMPLETE BOARD ACTION ITEM: OWASP event profit sharing messaging

Tom Brennan tomb at owasp.org
Wed May 11 17:21:53 UTC 2011


Next meeting is June 8th




On May 11, 2011, at 1:13 PM, Mark Bristow <mark.bristow at owasp.org> wrote:

> Board,
> 
> Apologies, I think we would like to take a bit more time to tweak this messaging.  I'll re-run it by the committee and hope to have this complete by our meeting on Friday.
> 
> Regards,
> -Mark
> 
> On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 3:21 PM, Mark Bristow <mark.bristow at owasp.org> wrote:
> OWASP Board,
> 
> As previously directed, the OWASP GCC has developed some draft language to announce the profit sharing policy for events for your review and consideration.  If the Board approves, I will post this to the leaders list.
> 
> Regards,
> -Mark
> 
> To: Leaders List
> Subject: OWASP event profit sharing for local chapters!
> 
> Leaders,
>  
> Earn up to $5000 for your chapter by hosting an OWASP Event!  Local chapters who would like to host an OWASP Local, Regional or Global AppSec event can now receive a portion of the event profits earmarked for your chapter.  This new policy rewards chapters who volunteer to take on the challenge of hosting an OWASP event with the following schedule:
> Global AppSec Conference - 25% of event profits with a $5,000 USD maximum ($10,000 for multi-chapter events)
> Regional/Theme Events - 30% of event profits with a $4,000 USD maximum
> Local Events - 50% of profits with a $3000 USD maximum
> All you need to do is coordinate your event with the Global Conferences Committee using the OWASP Conference Management System (https://ocms.owasp.org), answer a few basic questions and get your event approved.  If your event makes a profit you can earn some extra money for your local chapter’s budget!  The Conferences Committee is excited about this new program and can’t wait to work with you to host your OWASP event!
> 
> About the policy:
> In addition to the Membership Committee's 60/40 membership income sharing model, the GCC felt it was appropriate to provide a mechanism for local chapters who volunteer significant time and effort to host OWASP events to reap some financial benefit from that effort for their local chapter budgets.  The committee considered the needs of the OWASP Foundation, local chapter entrepreneurship, and a potential disparity between "have and have not" chapters when debating the decision.  For more information on this policy you can reference the GCC discussion, GCC vote and OWASP Board Vote on the subject.
> 
> Regards,
> The Global Conferences Committee, Mark Bristow, Chair
> 
> 
> 
> ================= FAQ (not for release with announcement) ================================
> Q: But I thought that conference revenue was split 60/40!?!?
> A: The 60/40 split only apples to membership income and is set by the Membership Committee.  Previously, there was no provision to provide profit sharing from events with local chapters.  This new policy provides chapters with additional ways to obtain resources that did not exist before.
> 
> Q: Why are there caps?
> A: OWASP events are a critical component to the revenue that OWASP earns annually to cover it's operational expenses, making up about half of annual revenue.  It is critical to the continuation of the OWASP Foundation that this revenue stream not be significantly interrupted or we could run out of funding for many of the OWASP activities we, and the community, have come to rely on.  Many OWASP events can be quite profitable (Global AppSec events can make in excess of $100,000 USD) and the Committee decided it was important to put overall profit sharing caps in place  to ensure the conference revenue was available throughout foundation for operating costs.  Additionally, Individual chapter budgets are not the only way that chapters can fund activities.  Chapters can reach out, via the Chapters Committee, for support for various activities from the Foundation, (which in turn is heavily funded by Conference revenue).  The caps ensure that we don't encounter a situation where one or two chapters have a disproportionate allocation of OWASP funds leaving the majority of chapters to fight over a relatively small amount of funds via the Chapters committee.
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Mark Bristow
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> mark.bristow at owasp.org
> 
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