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

Noreen Whysel noreen.whysel at owasp.org
Thu Jun 4 15:07:00 UTC 2015

What if you call it "covering a project expense" so that it goes toward an
actual invoice? If a project says it needs to pay a translator, for
example? or travel expense to send a team member to a project summit?

Noreen Whysel
Community Manager
OWASP Foundation

On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 11:01 AM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:

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