[Owasp-leaders] What Can I Spend My Chapter Funds On?

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Thu Jun 4 15:01:31 UTC 2015


Fabio posted a similar message a couple of days ago.  The problem is that
simply transferring money from the chapter accounts to the project accounts
just shifts this "ring-fenced" funds issue, that the Board has been
discussing for years, to a different account.  Many of our projects have
funds that they don't spend already.  The ones that don't have funds can
easily request them from the allocated $50k in community funding.  To be
blunt, there is no shortage of money at OWASP.  Our issues arise when the
chapters and projects who have money, aren't spending it to fulfill our
mission.  I dislike the idea of chapters just donating funds to projects.
Not because I don't like the projects (quite the opposite) or because I
don't think they should be funded, but rather, because it's just moving
money from one "ring-fenced" account to another.  What I strongly support
is a model where the projects can say "I have X need and require Y dollars
to make it happen".  Donations at this level need to be for "programs" and
not "projects".  How can we make that model a reality so that chapters can
donate these funds to a cause, rather than an account?


On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 3:24 AM, Andrew van der Stock <vanderaj at owasp.org>

> I should also highlight that Chapters can adopt an OWASP project,
> contribute to it, and even help fund a project with their funds. The
> primary method for a chapter to help support a project is to adopt one or
> more projects that interest the members, and ask new and renewing members
> to allocate their portion of their membership fee to the chapter's
> preferred project(s) if the member doesn't have a preference one way or
> another.
> It is really good for chapters to adopt and work on projects to foster
> your local community, especially when folks from different walks of life
> and competing firms collaborate together, allowing the chapter to become
> known as a center of excellence for a particular project, and help research
> and develop OWASP materials.
> Many projects are languishing with limited contributors, so even having
> four or five new regular volunteers can really move the needle even if no
> funds are allocated to that project.
> If you have any queries about chapters volunteering to help out projects,
> I would welcome them.
> thanks,
> Andrew
> On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 8:29 AM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:
>> OWASP Leaders,
>> Over the years of my involvement in OWASP I have heard many Chapter
>> leaders asking the question "How do I know how much money my chapter has?"
>> with the next natural question being "What can I spend my chapter funds
>> on?"  Let's start with the easy question first.  The way that I find out
>> how much money my chapter has is I go to http://www.owasp.org and I
>> search for "Scoreboard".  The first document that comes up in this search
>> result is the "Donation Scoreboard".  It's kind of a funny name, but this
>> page will provide you with a link to the following Google Doc that is
>> updated monthly with your chapter account balance:
>> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/11acTOmtmBGq6-5CIGsjlEByU8POSGqda0r23VNnhEGQ/pub?hl=en_US&hl=en_US&output=html
>> Once you know how much money your chapter can spend, you need to think of
>> how you want to spend it.  Fortunately, OWASP likes to invest in innovation
>> and pretty much anything that is within the scope of our mission statement
>> on owasp.org is fair game.  For the OWASP chapter that I call home
>> (OWASP Austin), this has meant:
>>    - Food and drinks for attendees at our monthly chapter meeting
>>    - Giveaways for attendees at our monthly chapter meeting
>>    - Recognition gifts for speakers at our monthly chapter meeting
>>    - Buying books for regular attendees of our weekly study group
>>    - Starting our own annual security conference
>>    - Purchasing A/V equipment to broadcast and record our monthly
>>    meetings (http://vimeo.com/channels/owaspaustin)
>>    - Hiring trainers to give free and/or reduced rate training for our
>>    members
>>    - Funding our local OWASP University chapter
>>    - Contributing funds back to OWASP programs that we would like to
>>    support
>> Now, for the Chapter Leaders who don't have significant funds in their
>> accounts, you have options as well.  For one, you can always approach one
>> of the other chapters with funds and ask if they can help to sponsor your
>> idea.  But, if that makes you feel weird, the OWASP Board has allocated
>> $60,000 for chapters and another $50,000 for projects in the form of
>> Community Engagement Funding.  Since January 1, 2015, chapters have used up
>> less than 10% of that money.  So, if you have an idea that you want to make
>> happen, but don't have money in the chapter account, take a look at the
>> rules below and make it happen!
>> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Funding
>> The Chapter Leader Handbook calls out many of the things that are already
>> pre-approved for you to spend your funds on.  For anything else, a simple
>> request to the staff is usually all it takes to get the ball rolling.
>> Remember that OWASP is YOUR organization and our chapters are vital to it's
>> success.  I would strongly encourage you to use your funds to help OWASP
>> fulfill it's mission and make big things happen.
>> Sincerely,
>> Josh Sokol
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