[Owasp-leaders] [Governance] Membership funds

Hector Aguirre hector.antonio.aguirre at owasp.org
Thu Jun 13 14:17:59 UTC 2013

Hello everyone

In the case of Chapter Paraguay, we are currently holding meetings in
my school,
where I have a lab available to give talks and workshops.

So far this year we have been involved in local events and because we are
encouraging, we are giving more attention and space for seminars. So far the
talks are free.

For lectures and supporting materials (advertising) I am using my own funds
that are the result of my institute lnxnetwork (here we teach safety, gnu /
linux and networking). Financial support would be good for propaganda and to
encourage more OWASP here in Paraguay.

I would organize a regional event in this country that is at the heart of South
America (but for this it is necessary economic aid, logistics, etc..).

I think important financial support for chapters that are starting, as
without this support (for advertising, seminars and lectures) is slow the
process promote the project by the emerging chapters.

I conclude by mentioning: In Paraguay, we will slow ... but we are making
progress! I'm happy with it ... results of the last six months, we are
conocimiendo and providing spaces to encourage OWASP.

Greetings and thank you all for your support.

Hector Aguirre
Chapter Paraguay

On Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM, Tobias <tobias.gondrom at owasp.org> wrote:

> Hi Dennis, hi all,
> actually just to be precise, only 21 projects have a budget as of:
> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?hl=en_US&hl=en_US&key=0Atu4kyR3ljftdEdQWTczbUxoMUFnWmlTODZ2ZFZvaXc&output=html
> And to add and subtract from various budgets should not be the biggest
> challenge.
> Some of the questions I am concerned about is to find out whether
> certain chapters had any activity in their account or whether the money
> has been dormant for a long time.
> So some questions I might have to better understand the situation:
> - how many of our chapters have actually made at least 1 reimbursement
> request within the last 12 months?
> (is the process too cumbersome, or are some of the funds just too low;
> e.g. some budgets USD20 may not get you very far...)
> - do we have "inactive" chapters that still run a budget accounts?
> I can understand the bucket approach, equally I am a bit concerned
> because I like the grassroots component to give resources to chapters
> and projects, because that is where a lot of our activities happen and
> our volunteers are. And honestly as a chapter lead to know I can plan an
> event and possibly fly in a speaker without red tape is quite
> encouraging. The center is there to support and obviously needs its own
> budget, but am hesitant to concentrate _all_ resources into the center
> or in buckets.
> One general approach for me would be to align buckets with revenue
> generating activities (chapter meetings, AppSecs, projects). That way we
> invest to maximize utility for the community and public. That would mean
> chapters should still have budgets.
> Just my 5cents.
> Best regards, Tobias
> On 12/06/13 02:56, Dennis Groves wrote:
> > On 11 Jun 2013, at 9:40, Sarah Baso wrote:
> >
> >> I agree that this is an ok approach that would make it much easier for
> >> projects and chapters to access funds. So where would the funding for
> >> these
> >> "buckets" come from? Should we eliminate some of the other funding
> >> designations in the budget?
> >>
> >> Open to ideas...
> >
> > I think it makes sense from an operations stand point as well because
> > there would be less to manage; if all the money was designated for
> > 'community development' and perhaps as many as a dozen active
> > participants were drawing from that bucket - you still have much less
> > work than carving it up into 193 chapters and 158 projects and
> > managing each like a separate bank account.
> >
> > Dennis
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