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Frequently Asked Questions about Contributing to The OWASP Foundation
Why should I donate?
As a volunteer-based organization, the OWASP Foundation stands in need of dedicated volunteers who can work on software, documentation, or administrative issues within each of the OWASP projects as well as other Foundation initiatives. OWASP provides the infrastructure for the community - the mailing lists, code repositories, bug tracking systems, etc. If you use our platform, please consider donating so that we can continue to spread our mission throughout the world.
Is there a cost to participate?
Absolutely not! The OWASP Foundation is committed to providing free access to all interested participants. All of our code is distributed under the OSI-approved licenses. The project mailing lists are all open to the public and participation is encouraged. So, there is no cost required to contribute to the projects. However, there is usually a substantial time commitment that is required in order to contribute to a project.
Create a new project
The OWASP Foundation is also looking for new or existing documentation or software projects related to application security that are in need of a home. If you are in a position to contribute documentation that could help other organizations, or software you have developed, we may be able to provide a home for it. Understand that this would mean assigning the OWASP Foundation rights to modify and distribute your work and offer it under a FLOSS license. See the Contributor Licensing Agreement for more details. Please contact email@example.com for more details about starting new projects in the OWASP.
If I donate financially, where would my donations go?
If you'd like to contribute financially to the foundation, we would greatly appreciate it. Currently, less than 1% of our annual revenue comes from donations and in order to build a more sustainable business model, ensuring the ongoing success of the Foundation we would like to increase the number of donors and donations.
As the chart below shows, in 2013 nearly 60% of our expenses were related to conferences and events (correlating to the bulk of our revenue as well). Our conferences are relatively self sustaining though, so donations go to support the rest of the operations (the staff) and programs of the Foundation including project management, mission outreach, and local chapter support. I you would like to earmark, your donation to a particular program or area of the Foundation's operations, please let us know and we will do our best to honor that intent. Otherwise, we will put your donation toward the area where it is needed most at the time of your donation. If you wish to provide equipment for use by the Foundation, please contact us before attempting to send it "here" directly.
The OWASP Foundation is a non-profit organization
The OWASP Foundation is a private operating foundation that is registered as a non-profit, charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. This means that, for individuals within the U.S., donations to the OWASP should be tax-deductible. We are not accountants, so this cannot be trusted as financial advice of any kind, but hopefully this description will be useful to those who advise you in these matters.
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