A while ago, I had proposed this in a Meta.SO post, but didn't get much response. It is quoted below as the original has since been deleted:
The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a 501c3 not-for-profit worldwide charitable organization focused on improving the security of application software. Our mission is to make application security visible, so that people and organizations can make informed decisions about true application security risks.
With all the good that SEI is doing, and sponsoring several open source projects to further their goal of making the Internet smarter, I think OWASP would be a great partner to that goal.
Check the membership page for details.
At the very least, sponsorship of local OWASP chapters / meetings should be a must.
Now, with the conference coming up, I'm even more invested here, as I am on the IL chapter board and responsible for the conference... :)
Specifically, this conference (unlike most of the other AppSec conferences) is completely free to attend, and is totally covered by sponsorships. We are expecting several hundred to attend.
There are several options for sponsoring:
- Conference sponsor at several levels - Gold/Silver/etc (i.e. Chapter Sponsor)
- project sponsor for any OWASP project that SEI likes (like SO has done in the past for opensource projects...), such as ESAPI;
- OWASP member / Organization sponsor
- any mix of the above (can become full member, and designate part of the meembership fee to sponsor a specific chapter or project).
Specifically, my particular interest right now is sponsorship for the conference, as we are still looking to cover costs - it's important to us to keep this conference free. Otherwise, I'm happy for those unicornbucks to go to a great source of security info...
As noted, OWASP is a 501c3 not-for-profit....