[Owasp-board] MOTION: Allocate up to $500 to Chapters and Projects with balances less than $500

Andrew van der Stock vanderaj at owasp.org
Thu Nov 10 13:01:29 UTC 2016


Josh,

We did it last year as a 1 time thing, and 72 of those we gave an extra
$500 to didn't use it ($18k), and the rest of the chapters with low funds
(102 of them) didn't spend very much at all, about $12k in total, or about
$112 on average per chapter.

Until we get a handle on chapter balances and get spending moving, it's not
a good use of OWASP's already limited operational funds. Putting another
$38,848 into 102 chapters, some of whom need $0.03 and some of whom need
$497, without understanding if they have any plans to spend the funds is
simply unwise.

Chapters currently have close enough to $760k, or approximately 60% of our
funds on hand, when we use $1.2m per year to run our conferences and the
Foundation, and when we have a small unbudgeted profit this year, I can't
in good faith suggest this goes through, as it will come at the expense of
doing something else, such as the Zap Bug Bounty or similar.

If a chapter without funds needs funding, I'm happy to consider them
applying (before an expense is spent) from the CEF, possibly adding say
$20-30k to the CEF for this purpose, especially if they plan to hold a
meeting or do an event, but simply to give all chapters with low balances
more money is not a good use of our funds. It just sits there. Tiffany can
be the gate keeper and encourage chapters who need a bit more funding than
they have to apply for something good. That way, even if a chapter has more
than $500, they can access this additional funding if they want to a local
event that might cost say $2k to put on. If we do it your way, that $2k
expense just can't happen as there's no spare cash in the CEF if it's being
used correctly.

We're going to get slapped if we don't either invest it for future mission
objectives, or get that money moving on mission related spending. We are a
non-profit organisation, and that means not making a profit - either small
profits every year, investing in mission related activities, or spending on
mission related activities. Yes, chapters are a key mission, but they have
plenty of ways of obtaining funds as amply demonstrated in the stunning
$260k growth in their balances this year once you take away the one time
$500 add we did last year.

thanks,
Andrew

On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 12:11 AM Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:

Perhaps Tiffany or one of the other staff can get you this information.
The best I have is the "Donation Scoreboard" here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/11acTOmtmBGq6-5CIGsjlEByU8POSGqda0r23VNnhEGQ/pub?hl=en_US&hl=en_US&output=html

This is not just chapters, but projects as well.  And it's impact is on the
smaller chapters and projects who do not have funding or the means to raise
funds themselves.  Think of it as "seed money" to help them get started and
grow.

~josh

On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 3:43 AM, johanna curiel curiel <
johanna.curiel at owasp.org> wrote:

HI Board

Would it be possible to have an overview of the which chapters received the
USD500 this year and what is their \ their actual saldo , including which
chapters are active of inactive?

This can provide us an idea on the impact of this initiative with regards
chapters funding

Cheers

On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 5:53 AM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:

Board,

On October 14, 2015, the Board passed the following motion:

Motion: P3 - All accounts belonging to active chapters and projects, as
defined in the Chapter and Project Handbooks respectively, with balances
less than $500, will be brought to $500 beginning January 1, 2016 as long
as there are at least two active leaders at that time.

This motion served two purposes.  First, it was meant to empower OWASP's
chapters and projects by giving them funding to do the things they want to
do in order to support our mission.  Second, it was meant to eliminate the
contention around the "haves" and "have nots".  I believe that we were
successful in accomplishing both of these goals.  Thus, I propose the
following motion:

*All accounts belonging to active chapters and projects, as defined in the
Chapter and Project Handbooks respectively, with balances less than $500,
will be brought to $500 beginning January 1, 2017 as long as there are at
least two active leaders at that time.*

We can discuss at a later point whether we would want to potentially motion
this as an annual allocation, but for now I just want to make sure Tiffany
has the vote she needs to know how to move forward.  Thank you.

~josh

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