[Owasp-board] Proposal: Eliminate Restriction on Account Balance for Community Engagement Funding

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Wed Apr 29 20:39:19 UTC 2015


+1   Well said, Josh.

- Jim

On 4/29/15 10:36 AM, Josh Sokol wrote:
> Board,
>
> In light of today's decision to move forward with the proposal for the 
> OWASP Summer of Code providing access to $12,000 in funds for all 
> projects regardless of their account balance, I would like to propose 
> a change to our Community Engagement Funding policy along these lines 
> as well:
>
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Funding
>
> Specifically, I see no reason why if account balance is not a factor 
> taken into consideration for determining who receives funds for the 
> Summer of Code, we should consider it as a factor for any Community 
> Engagement project of value.  Therefore, I propose that we eliminate 
> any such limiting language from the Community Engagement Funding page 
> and simply leave the decision up to our Operations Team to determine 
> whether the funding is available and provides enough merit in order to 
> be funded.  This would be removing/modifying the following two bullet 
> points from that page:
>
>   * Primary funding would be deducted from the local chapter budget
>     (if the activity is supporting the local chapter).
>       o Should be removed completely.
>   * A chapter without sufficient funds (or initiative not tied to the
>     chapter) may request funding from the foundation "Community
>     Engagement" fund. These funds are available on a first come-first
>     serve basis.
>       o The first sentence needs to be removed.  Keep the second sentence.
>
> Just as Fabio had concerns about projects not wanting to spend their 
> money on this because they had other things in their sights, our 
> chapters have these same concerns.  We should be encouraging all OWASP 
> participants to innovate and use the allotted Foundation funds to do 
> so without tying them down to any sort of account balances.  This has 
> the added benefit of ensuring that these community funds are used up 
> each year and do not go unspent (as I believe they have been 
> underutilized in the past).
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Josh Sokol
>
>
>
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