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Annual Strategic Planning and 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.

As described in ARIN's Bylaws, the Board of Trustees establishes and maintains authority over ARIN's scope, mission, and strategic and fiscal direction, and as such is responsible for the management and approval of the organization's budget and Strategic Plan. Six members are elected by ARIN's membership to represent the community and the President of ARIN serves as the seventh Trustee. Board members are selected in accordance with the ARIN Bylaws and the published election process. An additional voting member (potentially bringing the Board to 8 voting seats) may be appointed by the Board at its discretion (for a term not to exceed one (1) year) to provide diversity to the Board's membership, in accordance with Article VI, Section 1.b of the bylaws.

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 ARIN website.

Strategic Plan


ARIN 2018 Budget
Personnel $13,159,802
Salaries and Employee Benefits* $13,159,802
Operations $5,324,795
Communications $882,519
Software & Equipment Support and Licenses $690,950
Depreciation $3,751,325
General Office and Administration $4,900,052
Professional Fees/Outreach $822,400
General Office $817,849
Bad Debt Expense $40,000
Legal Fees $450,000
Legal Defense Fund --
Members Meetings $775,581
NANOG Webcast Support $50,000
Rent & Occupancy $540,687
Travel** $1,403,535
Internet Support $481,058
Funds committed to ICANN $241,468
Internet Research & Support $100,000
Research & Development --
NRO Expenses $139,590
Total 2018 Expenses $23,865,706
Total 2018 Revenues $20,908,475

*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.

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

Budget Explanation


ARIN's 2018 budget allows for up to 87 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 2018.

General Office and Administration

In 2018, 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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