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

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Thu Jun 4 15:25:03 UTC 2015


Absolutely!  I just don't want to see money moving from one account to
another.  Any money being spent to further our mission is money well spent.

~josh

On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 10:07 AM, Noreen Whysel <noreen.whysel at owasp.org>
wrote:

> 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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