Strategic Planning Begins at OGF
OGF’s board of trustees has embarked on a strategic planning process. Trustees made this decision in recognition of the fact that as the philanthropic sector in Ohio evolves, the organization committed to leading and serving philanthropy needs to adapt as well. Responses to member surveys, annual member retention rates and input from a variety of external audiences confirm that OGF is a solid and stable regional association that offers a significant range of member services and programs, is diligent about assessing and improving member satisfaction and has developed a valued leadership position for philanthropy in the state. Yet OGF, our members and the communities we serve are impacted by and called upon to respond to many new challenges. Given this fact, the board determined that 2010 is the time to consider what changes, if any, OGF needs to make to accomplish its mission in years ahead.
To accomplish this objective, a ten-member planning committee has been recruited (David Abbott, Eric Avner, Kimberly Cutlip, Leah Gary, Simone Hayes, Christine Mulvin, Dianne Radigan, Barbra Stonerock, Gordon Wean, Denise San Antonio Zeman) and charged with developing recommendations about OGF’s strategic direction and priorities for the next three years. Over the next few months, the committee will engage members, non-members, pattern breakers and other influentials in and out of philanthropy across the state in conversations about what Ohio philanthropy needs from its regional association and how we should accomplish our mission in light of changing internal and external conditions. Staff will then build annual operating plans that align with the directions and priorities of the strategic plan.
We want to learn from you in this process. We solicit your ideas, suggestions and best thinking. What should OGF’s priorities be? Where should we place our emphasis? How can we add more value to our members? What kinds of relationships should be established or strengthened with which particular groups or individuals? What kind of leadership roles should we play? Until you receive a more formal invitation to participate, please share your thoughts about the next chapter in OGF’s story with a committee, board or staff member. Help OGF become an even more effective servant-leader, if for no other reason than the fact that as OGF gets even better, our ability to help you accomplish your goals increases as well.
We hope to hear from you soon.
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