[Owasp-leaders] 60/40 Membership Drive @ OWASP

Dan Cornell dan at denimgroup.com
Sun Dec 7 03:14:25 EST 2008

Michael Coates and I (via the Global Membership Committee) are putting together a chart with the features and benefits for membership broken out by the various membership types (student, individual, non-profit, corporate, etc)

The 'O' in OWASP means "Open" and that makes it challenging to offer "premium" features for paid members while remaining faithful to OWASP's core mission.  But that doesn't mean that there isn't value in being a member for individuals and organizations.  We are working to do a better job of communicating those to the community.

>From a "soft" standpoint, membership gives individuals an opportunity to distinguish themselves within the community as ardent OWASP supporters.  The same holds true for corporate sponsors - there is value in being an OWASP member even though OWASP doesn't endorse commercial products.  >From a "hard" standpoint we can provide t-shirts and printed books to individuals members and corporate members can help direct where OWASP Season of Code money is spent.  There are current and potential benefits beyond this and we are working to help enumerate those and bring them to fruition.  That will be part of the outreach to the chapters for the membership drive.

More information will follow on this.  Any suggestions are welcome.



-----Original Message-----
From: owasp-leaders-bounces at lists.owasp.org on behalf of Jeff Williams
Sent: Sat 12/6/2008 11:37 PM
To: 'James Wickett'; 'Tom Brennan - OWASP'
Cc: 'Owasp-Leaders at Lists.Owasp'
Subject: Re: [Owasp-leaders] 60/40 Membership Drive @ OWASP
Hi James,


OWASP has chosen a model where everything is free and open, so in one sense
there's no benefit to becoming a member. Anyone can use whatever they want
without paying anything.


It sounds nuts, but we believe that we can reach more people and better
achieve our mission with this strategy.  People interested in creating a
world where software isn't ridiculously vulnerable can support us by
becoming a member. 100% of membership money goes towards application
security projects.


I've found that the easiest way to explain it to people is to say that OWASP
is like public radio, except that we don't have annoying membership drives
that interrupt service all the time J  Actually, there are a few minor
benefits for members, such as discounts on conferences.


How do other people on the list respond to this?




Jeff Williams, Chair

 <http://www.owasp.org/> The OWASP Foundation

work: 410-707-1487

main: 301-604-4882


From: owasp-leaders-bounces at lists.owasp.org
[mailto:owasp-leaders-bounces at lists.owasp.org] On Behalf Of James Wickett
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 1:12 PM
To: Tom Brennan - OWASP
Cc: Owasp-Leaders at Lists.Owasp
Subject: Re: [Owasp-leaders] 60/40 Membership Drive @ OWASP


What is the value proposition for a person or company to become a paying
member of OWASP?

People and companies in Austin have asked me about this, and I am not really
sure what to tell them.  


J.H. Wickett
General Manager, impactnews.com
Community Impact Newspaper
Local. Useful. Everyone Gets It.
(512) 989-6808 - Main Office
(512) 989-6809 - Fax
(512) 465-2623 - Austin Bureau 


On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 9:04 AM, Tom Brennan - OWASP <tomb at owasp.org> wrote:

The OWASP Foundation board has unanimously approved at our December Board
Meeting (
http://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Board_Meetings_December_Agenda )an
amendment to the current individual/corporate membership model for 2009.
The concept builds on the accomplishment of centralized processing of local
chapter donations using the integrated button that is currently on every
chapters wiki page.

We are doing a MEMBERSHIP DRIVE FOLKS  - kicking off Jan 2009 - Dec 2009
with a 60/40 split. 60% of the raised funds would go towards OWASP
Foundation operations, grant projects, events, global committee budgets
etc., and 40% of the funds would be ear-marked for your local OWASP chapter
that with a scanned or receipt will be reimbursed with 30 days.

MEMBERSHIP - http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Membership


* The purpose of this MEMBERSHIP DRIVE is to encourage local chapters start
evangelizing OWASP to local chapter members as well as corporate/educational
members to join the mission to have measurable growth in 2009.

* Additional funding of Grant Projects - http://www.owasp.org

* This split model enables a funding model that the local chapters can
utilize to fund events, refreshments, give-aways, video-cameras, provide
"chapter grants" and more to meet the mission of OWASP Foundation regionally
and utilize the global "bank"

Devil in the details.....
* We are still working out the logistical items of this announcement however
we felt that with the holidays and the new year coming we needed to announce
this NOW to get you thinking about it creatively for your local chapter and
region.  If you see a road-block to the end result, please identify it and
recommend a solution to the problem.  You can also contact your regional
representative of the OWASP Global Membership Committee

* Kate Hartman will be the primary point of contact for this effort in
handling the money/invoices and questions in tracking this effort see:
http://www.owasp.org/index.php/About_OWASP#Structure  Today you can steer
individual members and corporate members to your chapter wiki page to make a
donation online OR they can request a invoice from Kate Hartman or mail a
check the "old fashion way"  In the end your local chapter will be given
credit for the efforts with 40% of the income earmarked.

If you have direct questions you are more then welcome to call me at
973-795-1046 or email tomb at owasp.org - OR simply reply to this unmoderated
professional discussion with 275 people on it.

Semper Fi,
Tom Brennan

OWASP-Leaders mailing list
OWASP-Leaders at lists.owasp.org


More information about the OWASP-Leaders mailing list