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

Paul Ritchie paul.ritchie at owasp.org
Wed Apr 29 21:32:08 UTC 2015

All - I appreciate the differing viewpoints on this, however I cannot agree
with removing the limiting language for the Community Engagement funds.

The limiting language is an OWASP policy statement and its purpose is to
'encourage' and require that Chapters & projects use their local budgets

Recall, the Chapters now have over $500,000 in their budgets.  It is
growing, which means the Chapters are spending less then they are gaining
every year.

The Foundation has only about $60,000 annually, or 12% of that amount, in
its Community Engagement fund which must be used across all Chapters.
Factoid - 178 out of 222 Chapters have less than $2,000 in their local

So, net net, today's decision to invest $12,000 of Foundation funds in a
'Summer of Code' program may have been an 'exception' to normal policy.
However, I do not think it was intended to change our original policy that
.....'Chapter and Project budgets must be used first'.


Best Regards, Paul Ritchie
OWASP Interim Executive Director
paul.ritchie at owasp.org

On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 1:39 PM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:

>  +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).
>       - 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.
>       - 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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