Strategic Planning & Budgeting

Based on direction provided by the Board of Trustees, ARIN performs its mission according to a Strategic Plan. This Strategic Plan is an on-going process, updated annually, that in conjunction with a Board-approved annual budget, drives the creation of an internal work plan.

For each fiscal year, the Board adopts a Strategic Plan and budget, based on recommendations from staff and input from the community.The budget includes categories for personnel, operations, general office/administration, and Internet support. ARIN staff performs its mission in accordance with the goals and principles found in its annual strategic plan based on guidance provided by the Board.

After the end of each fiscal year, ARIN staff compiles and publishes an annual report that includes information on activities related to goals set by the Strategic Plan and a report from an independent auditor on ARIN’s financials. These reports are available on the Annual Report page.

Strategic Plan

Budget

ARIN 2021 Budget (USD in thousands)
Category Approved Budget Non Cash Accounting Adjustments U.S. GAAP Budget
Operating revenue and support budget:
Registration maintenance fees 19,617 (581) 19,036 1
Registration allocation and assignment fees 1,325 91 1,416 1
Network transfers 351 351
Contributions 30 400 430 2
Other revenue 45
Total revenue and support $21,368 $(90) $21,278
 
Operating expenses budget:
Salaries, benefits and fringe 17,337 (1,149) 16,188 3
Travel and meetings 1,134 1,134
Travel 720 720
Meetings 414 414
Engineering operations and infrastructure 1,472 1,972 3,444
Data center colocation and data communications 628 628
Hardware, software and other computer costs 844 400 1,244 2
Depreciation and amortization 1,572 1,572 4
Professional services 1,054 1,054
Legal 417 417
Consulting and other professional services 637 637
Industry support 598 598
ICANN 201 201
NRO 160 160
Grant Program 40 40
Other industry support 197 197
Community outreach 242 242
Caribbean programs 121 121
On-the-Road and other training 66 66
Other outreach 55 55
General and administrative 1,670 46 1,716
Rent and occupancy 760 (239) 521 5
Insurance 170 170
Banking and treasury fees 459 459
Communications 108 108
Other office expense 173 173
Depreciation and amortization 285 285 4
 
Total operating expense budget $23,507 $869 $24,376 8
Excess of operating revenues (under) over operating expenses $(2,139) $(959) $(3,098)
 
Capital expense budget:
Software 122 1,149 1,271 3
Hardware 1,010 1,010
Total capital expense budget $1,132 $1,149 $2,281 8
 
Investment reserves:
Balance January 1, 2021 31,811 31,811 6
Estimated earnings @3.8% (on long term reserve fund) 1,066 1,066
Estimated transfers to operating cash account (1,271) (1,271) 7
Estimated balance at December 31, 2021 $31,606 - $31,606

Note 1: The accounting adjustments for revenue relate to the deferred recognition of certain registration billings.

Note 2: The accounting adjustments for in kind service contributions.

Note 3: Salaries, benefits and fringe costs relate to an approved 2021 employee count of 87; the accounting adjustments relate to the capitalization of certain software development costs.

Note 4: Accounting adjustment necessary to include depreciation on ARIN assets.

Note 5: Accounting adjustment necessary to account for deferred rent expense on the lease of ARIN office space.

Note 6: Beginning investment balance includes a December 2020 transfer of $2M to the ARIN operating cash account to fund 2021 budgeted operating and capital expense budgets.

Note 7: Expected 2021 withdrawal to fund 2021 operating and capital budget needs.

Note 8: Board of Trustees approved a combined operating ($23,507) and capital ($1,132) budget of $24,639.

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