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


ARIN 2020 Budget
Category Amount (USD)
Personnel $13,320,349
Salaries and Employee Benefits1 $13,320,349
Operations $5,138,113
Telecommunications $970,414
Software & Equipment Support and Licenses $723,845
Depreciation $3,443,854
General Office and Administration $4,974,544
Professional Fees/Outreach $1,273,510
Grant Program $60,000
General Office $650,840
Bad Debt Expense $40,000
Legal Fees $450,000
Members Meetings $558,800
NANOG Webcast Support $50,000
Rent & Occupancy $523,417
Travel2 $1,367,977
Internet Support $488,499
Funds Committed to ICANN $228,300
Internet Research & Support $100,000
NRO Expenses $160,199
Total 2020 Expenses $23,921,505
Total 2020 Revenues $23,014,450

  1. Employee benefits consists of comprehensive and holiday leave, health insurance, 401K plan expenses, payroll taxes, training and education, employee functions, dental, vision, life insurance, and hiring costs. ↩︎

  2. Travel is performed by ARIN Board of Trustees, ARIN Advisory Council, ARIN ASO/AC, and ARIN staff. ↩︎

Budget Explanation


ARIN’s 2020 budget allows for up to 83 Full Time Employees (FTEs).


ARIN will continue increasing services, customer defined high-value enhancements in ARIN Online, updating infrastructure, and improving efficiency through automation in 2020.

General Office and Administration

In 2020, ARIN will fund travel and related expenses include funding for continued outreach efforts focused on promoting participation in ARIN’s processes and community IPv6 adoption.

Internet Support

Consistent with ARIN’s mission to facilitate advancement of the Internet and educational outreach, ARIN funds NRO activities, ICANN, IGF, CTU, the RFC editor, and other Internet support and research efforts.

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