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.
|Salaries and Employee Benefits*||$11,976,106|
|Software & Equipment Support and Licenses||$845,216|
|General Office and Administration||$5,085,243|
|Bad Debt Expense||$60,000|
|Legal Defense Fund||--|
|NANOG Webcast Support||$50,000|
|Rent & Occupancy||$868,693|
|Funds committed to ICANN||$244,431|
|Internet Research & Support||$110,000|
|Research & Development||--|
|Total 2017 Expenses||$23,700,342|
|Total 2017 Revenues||$19,404,190|
*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.
ARIN's 2017 budget allows for up to 85 Full Time Employees (FTEs). Additional hires were added in 2015 to supplement engineering efforts to focus on customer suggested broadly beneficial improvements.
ARIN will continue increasing services, customer defined high-value enhancements in ARIN Online, updating infrastructure, and improving efficiency through automation in 2017.
In 2017, 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.
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.