[Owasp-leaders] OWASP Project Sponsorship - What Model does OWASP want?

Bev Corwin bev.corwin at owasp.org
Thu Oct 10 20:18:43 UTC 2013

Many foundations and institutional donors are often comfortable with 10% or
less of the gift going to support organizational overhead, operations,
sometimes including targeted project management, for example. Some orgs
demand more frugality, and limit awards to organizations with less than 7%,
others require 0%. It wouldn't hurt if  OWASP were to recommend some kind
of voluntary "suggested" contribution of say 7 - 10% to support overhead /
operations / general fund support.

On Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 1:30 PM, Michael Coates <michael.coates at owasp.org>wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 11:36 PM, Dennis Groves <dennis.groves at owasp.org>wrote:
>> On 9 Oct 2013, at 20:33, Chris Schmidt wrote:
>>  Another point worth bringing up is that I think it is a mistake to posit
>>> that organizations cannot target their contributions to a specific
>>> project simply because while we may wish that organizations would
>>> embrace OWASP as a whole, it is much more likely that they are embracing
>>> projects that they use, and being selfish "individuals", orgs want to
>>> further development on the stuff that they are actively using.
>> However, as a registered non-profit - we are actually already required by
>> law to do this. By law donators may dictate exactly how they want the funds
>> used. Anybody may make a donation to a project or chapter and not to the
>> foundation. And not only must we do this we must be able to demonstrate our
>> compliance with the donators wishes. Incidentally the IRS does audit for
>> this regularly; and it is the fastest way to loose your non-profit status.
> Sarah brought this exact issue up recently. We are looking to add a check
> box to donations that asks if the donation can, if necessary, be
> reallocated by the organization for another use. The purpose of this is not
> so OWASP can take money from project funds, instead the purpose is to allow
> the project (if they choose) to donate the funds back to OWASP foundation
> or for another use and not violate non-profit requirements. Without the
> consent of the person giving the donation the money is locked into the
> original project - regardless of whether the project goes dormant, wants to
> donate it back to a different part of OWASP, or any other scenario.
> This doesn't impact our donation model, just an item I thought I'd mention
> since it was discussed.
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