[Owasp-leaders] OWASP Election

Bev Corwin bev.corwin at owasp.org
Thu Oct 8 21:43:02 UTC 2015

Chiming in here.....Having read through this discussion, going to bite the
bait and submit my 2 cents: I think that it is a mistake and a waste of
time and resources to convert OWASP Foundation from a 501(c)3 to a 501(c)6.
I'm not even sure if it would be allowable by IRS. I tend to think not, but
I'm not an expert by any means. However, regardless, I do think that Tom
brings other valuable leadership qualities to the table, commitment, and
enthusiasm, therefore, I believe that he would make a good board member,
but it is not a good plan to make a conversion, IMHO. I'd prefer to see the
new board authorize a committee to create a separate OWASP Professional
Association 501(c)6, an entirely new organization. Honestly, it will be
easier than trying to convert the existing organization, and will also
allow those who care more about the charitable nature of OWASP Foundation
501(c)3 to continue our good work. I would also support the creation of a
new 501(c)6 OWASP Professional Association, and oppose this idea of
converting any organization from one type to another, in large part,
because most organizations typically fail at such efforts, and end up doing
more damage than good, completely destroying the organization. If you can
show me one successful conversion of a 501(c)3 to a 501(c)6 or vice verse,
I will happily reconsider my position. I would greatly prefer to see OWASP
Foundation 501(c)3 continue to operate as such, while continually improving
in the charitable organization space, and appropriately and legally support
the development of a new 501(c)6 OWASP Professional Association, external
and independent, with separate boards, staff, etc. Thank you. Best wishes,
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