[Owasp-leaders] OWASP Election

Tony Turner tony.turner at owasp.org
Thu Oct 8 15:49:50 UTC 2015


First off, I am not a lawyer, so this analysis should not be construed as
legal advice. With that out of the way, there are some benefits of running
as a(c)(6), namely allowing OWASP to be more involved in lobbyist efforts
focused on legislation support. However there are detriments as well such
as changes in taxation status, deductible contributions, etc. Is there a
reason why OWASP couldn't form a subsidiary (c)(6) under the (c)(3) to
function in this capacity while leaving the parent organization intact and
largely unaffected? (or vice versa) This would expand our outreach
capabilities and preserve our existing structure to fulfill our mission
with a proven model that is working today. It may be worthwhile to look at
other structures such as the (c)(4) that are commonly focused on lobbying
if that is a driver for OWASP.

On Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 11:35 AM, psiinon <psiinon at gmail.com> wrote:

> From http://www.nonprofitlawcenter.com/resDetails.php?item_ref=247
>
> What is the purpose of an IRC § 501(c)(6) organization?
>
> A4: The purpose of this type of organization is to serve its members
>
> I dont think that what OWASP should be about - we should be all about
> helping others (to be more secure) not about helping OWASP members.
>
> Q5: What are the functions of an IRC § 501(c)(3) organization?
>
> A5: The functions of an IRC § 501(c)(3) organization can be multitudinous.
> There are endless types of programs that serve charitable, educational, and
> like ends.
>
> OK, so I'm new to this legalise and definitely dont really understand the
> differences, but that sounds much more appropriate for OWASP.
>
> Simon
>
>
> On Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 7:57 PM, Tom Brennan <tomb at proactiverisk.com>
> wrote:
>
>> To be fair Jim OWASP is not a scientific research or a religious focus.
>> It is focused on “trying to raise awareness for software security"
>>
>> This was discussed during the interview have a listen here
>> https://soundcloud.com/owasp-podcast/owasp-board-interview-milton-smith-tobias-gondrom-tom-brannen
>>
>>
>> I also wish to draw your eyes and those of the other members (660+ on
>> this leaders list) to the legal review of 501(c)3 vs. (c)6 that are BOTH
>> non-profit status
>>
>> http://www.nonprofitlawcenter.com/resDetails.php?item_ref=247
>>
>> This is not a GOP debate — this is a group of (9) people that are
>> volunteering to help the organization continue to grow globally and locally.
>>
>> Tom Brennan
>> 973-506-9304
>>
>> On Oct 7, 2015, at 2:47 PM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:
>>
>> Tom is trying to shift OWASP away from a charity to a 501c6 trade
>> association.
>>
>> If you want to drop our charity and focus on vendor relations then vote
>> for Tom.
>>
>> If you care about open source, serving the community, and our values of
>> vendor neutrality and non-commercialism then please consider other
>> candidates.
>>
>> --
>> Jim Manico
>> Global Board Member
>> OWASP Foundation
>> https://www.owasp.org
>> Join me at AppSecUSA <http://appsecusa.org/> 2015!
>>
>> On Oct 7, 2015, at 1:42 PM, Tom Brennan <tomb at proactiverisk.com> wrote:
>>
>> OWASP Foundation Inc., announced the 2015 International Board of Director
>> candidates and I am throwing my hat in the ring again.
>>
>> I am requesting your support and vote this October 7th 2015 – WHY ME you
>> ask…. read, watch and hear the details here:
>>
>> http://www.proactiverisk.com/2016-owasp/
>>
>> Semper Fi,
>> Tom Brennan
>>
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Tony Turner
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