[Owasp-leaders] Action plans for chapters

Tiffany Long tiffany.long at owasp.org
Wed Nov 2 17:47:13 UTC 2016

Yes, Chapters can donate to a project!

Tiffany Long
Community Manager

On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 11:23 PM, Tin Zaw <tin.zaw at owasp.org> wrote:

> Andrew,
> Thanks for your leadership! Can chapters donate to projects that they want
> to support?
> Just curious.
> On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 9:05 PM, Andrew van der Stock <vanderaj at owasp.org>
> wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> In December, I will be following through with the Board's vote in October
>> 2015 to sweep dormant funds that are over $5k in chapters to general
>> revenue, which will affect 30 chapters out of 252 currently hold 79% ($582k
>> of the $741k) of all chapter funds. Last year, I received one action plan,
>> and so we didn't sweep funds. This year is going to be different.
>> Chapter leaders with balances over $5k can avoid this sweep by:
>>    - Define an action plan for using the funds in a strategic fashion.
>>    You can definitely do more than one thing
>>    - Define an associated budget for when and how you intend to spend
>>    the funds
>>    - How this aligns with OWASP strategic goals
>>    - Benefits to local (chapter), regional, and global members
>> For those of you who may already be spending at a reasonable rate
>> compared to your overall balance (and I'm looking at the chapters with
>> between $5 and $20k here), and have a plan to continue do so, in which
>> case, simply demonstrate this by pointing out your current expenses in your
>> action plan, chapters such as LA, Austin and NYC/NJ are in this category.
>> Carry on, you're doing exactly what the Board intended to have chapters do
>> with their funds - active month on month spending, strategic activities
>> such as local and regional events, and holding meetings every month - if
>> not more frequently.
>> But for chapters with large balances and/or no recent activity, it's
>> critical we get that money to be spent on mission. We have hit the minimums
>> for close inspection by Charity Navigator and others like them, and to have
>> a large and growing cash on hand on and NOT spending it on mission is
>> really difficult for us to explain, which will drive away potential donors
>> and make fund raising more difficult. In FY17, I am looking to do major
>> fundraising and grant writing initiatives, as it's an area that OWASP has
>> not previously engaged in, so we need to get this balance right.
>> *Plans should be strategic* in the sense that they are aligned with one
>> of our current (5) strategic goals, think global, and act local. So
>> consider plans that can help OWASP out, such as running a regional or local
>> event, helping another strategic goal, such as outreach or education,
>> donating to a project, or helping with key chapter focused activities, such
>> as a global IoT lab, or similar will be well regarded. Gold plating your
>> chapter, hiring staff, or other forms of sand bagging will be denied.
>> *The spending period does not need to be complete in FY17, nor end with a
>> $0 balance*, I'm not looking for chapters to spend it on the basis of
>> "use it or lose it", but to spend strategically on things that are useful
>> for OWASP both in your local area, as well as globally. For example, buying
>> a $40k lab of computers that can only be used by your local members is not
>> strategic, and causes those items to go on our depreciation schedule, which
>> requires inventory control in your chapter. It's much better to work with
>> our Senior Tech Coordinator to build out a global IoT lab that everyone can
>> do research with. Hiring staff is not strategic and actually causes us
>> problems as we need to offer benefits and minimum pay in many places around
>> the world, so will be denied. If you wish to have a helper, please consider
>> banding together with many similar chapters to fund a position out of the
>> OWASP Foundation to assist our Community Manager, as that's a strategic
>> outcome.
>> *I don't have time for this, or it's way too hard*
>> Here are a few different default choices that could really help OWASP out:
>>    - *Donate to the OWASP website redevelopment projec*t. We are
>>    currently looking for $150k to get this project moving and finished. 10
>>    donations of $15k apiece will get this done. Your chapter will be credited
>>    for assisting in this effort.
>>    - *Donate to the proposed DevOps Summit in the UK in April 2017*.
>>    This is currently completely unfunded, and is looking for $150-250k. 20
>>    donations of $7.5k will get this done. I'm sure that the event organisers
>>    can work out some form of sponsorship attribution
>>    - *Donate to the OWASP infrastructure renewal project*. We have a lot
>>    of older, fully depreciated, and donated servers in our Rackspace
>>    environment. We need to renew these. I don't have a budget for this at the
>>    moment, but would appreciate it if you could work with Matt Tesauro to
>>    understand if a donation from your chapter could buy a new server or
>>    something he needs to make our Internet presence better or more secure.
>>    Your chapter will become an infrastructure sponsor.
>>    - *Default choice*. You can nominate an amount that you don't need
>>    (say if you have a balance of $50k and want to keep $10k, just let me know
>>    $40k is for OWASP's mission). Your donation will be put towards OWASP's
>>    FY17 strategic goals and will be publicly credited. If you are interested
>>    in helping define these, we tend to discuss these in December of each year,
>>    and try to have them approved by January each year. We can do so much more
>>    for OWASP's core mission - run more conferences, get training up and
>>    running, establish education and academic outreach, projects, and more
>>    regional and global events in your area.  The default choice is amazing,
>>    and will help us prove that we are spending on mission.
>> *Who is affected*
>> Chapter leaders receive an e-mail every month with their current account
>> balance, but in case you're not aware of your current balance, it can be
>> found here:
>> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/3/d/11acTOmtmBGq6-5CI
>> GsjlEByU8POSGqda0r23VNnhEGQ/pub?hl=en_US&hl=en_US&output=html
>> The following 30 chapter leaders should submit a plan for FY17:
>> [image: pasted1]
>> *What do to next?*
>> Please work with Tiffany your community manager, Laura Grau our events
>> manager if you want to run a regional event, and Matt Tesauro for any
>> technical or project related strategic goals that you want to help out
>> with. I want you to be supported in all of this, so please ask the Board
>> (or me privately if so inclined) about the best way to use the funds.
>> Please send your action plans to me by November 30, 2016. Any chapters
>> who do not submit plans will have their funds swept to general revenue by
>> no later than the Board meeting in December, as I need to be able to
>> publish a workable budget for FY17 at that Board meeting.
>> *What happens then?*
>> All chapters who contribute in some way to our strategic goals will get
>> public credit for donating to the strategic goals. All chapters who have a
>> spending plan in place, will be assessed a few times in FY17 to make sure
>> things are actually moving in the right direction. Any chapters who do not
>> respond in some way will simply have $5k at the beginning of December. So I
>> implore affected chapter leaders to get on this.
>> If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me.
>> thanks
>> Andrew
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