[Owasp-board] What %

Tobias tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
Sun Nov 3 18:01:33 UTC 2013

It is indeed a useful measure. (e.g. I use it for philanthropic
decisions myself, too.)

Though I have the feeling it is potentially a little less critical for
us compared to other charities, as donation/sponsor decision makers in
our community are less CSR / philanthropists and may donate more because
our goals are aligned with their company goals. And the line between
administrative activity and activity to support the community's goals
might be a bit more blurry in our case (compared to e.g. sending food
and medical supplies into disaster zones).

Nonetheless it is very very important to make the best use of donated
funds for the charitable cause and constantly keep an eye on overheads.
So we should take a good look at this metric in the board.
Whether the community cares enough about this to do an open-mic, I don't

Cheers, Tobias

On 03/11/13 13:06, Brennan - OWASP wrote:
> OWASP Mission vs Costs
> A FAQ heard around the world about any non-profit is what % of each dollar is used for the mission vs overhead. For many that transparency is a deciding factor if it will be supported.
> The question itself is so common as a discussion point there is a dedicated resource for it
> http://www.charitynavigator.org/ (Query any charity by name - that is also a non-profit)
> http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=200963503#.UnZBrHm9Kc0
> By the next OWASP Board meeting at AppSecUSA it's time for the 990 review as a agenda item focus on past performance and future operations.  To simply establish the answer if what % of every donated dollar is used for a administrative overhead should be a goal that the elected leadership should take on. 
> Dave as current Treasurer would you have cycles to sync with Sarah/Alison to prepare a outgoing presentation on this for the board and perhaps lead a breakout group as a open-mic session if the attendees vote for it.
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/About_The_Open_Web_Application_Security_Project#Tax_Filings
> As everyone is likely aware the filing of business taxes 2012 with the deadline extension was Oct 15 2013. The filing is recent hence this request is timely for a agenda item.  Further in 2014 this role "Treasurer" will be OPEN so we need to start thinking of who is most interested and qualified for the role of Treasurer as well as all roles  as outlined in the bypass of the board in 2014.
> Thoughts/discussion from board/incoming elected board members.

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