A More Customized, Value-Added OGF
OGF has just completed a strategic planning process. Over the last eight months a committee of 10, headed by OGF Trustee Gordon Wean, reviewed OGF’s current programs and services, conducted listening sessions in cities across the state, interviewed external stakeholders and consulted board and staff. The committee’s findings and recommendations were presented to OGF’s board at its December 2010 meeting and preparations are now underway to begin implementation of the plan in the coming months.
The committee recommended building on OGF’s current strengths by focusing on three goals and strategic directions: “To become the leading voice and resource for Ohio philanthropy writ large; To enhance capacity to serve members by region, interest and role, as well as by foundation type; and, To strengthen and streamline communications to members to convey greater value and achieve more significant member engagement.”
While these goals do not envision dramatically different directions for OGF, they call upon us to do more to add value to a very diverse membership base while at the same time opening our doors to other organizations and individuals engaged in philanthropy in Ohio. They ask OGF to customize the content and delivery of its programs and services; to use technology more widely; and to develop a communications infrastructure that will position OGF as a platform for learning, sharing, connecting and engaging.
The beginning of a new year appropriately signals the opening of a new chapter in the history of OGF. Board and staff pledge to do all they can to ensure that, by the end of 2011, members will be receiving even more value for their membership dollar, while communities across Ohio reap the benefits of a better informed, engaged and effective philanthropic sector.
Many thanks to the strategic planning committee members for the time and effort they put into this volunteer assignment. Committee members include:
- Gordon Wean (The Raymond John Wean Foundation)
- David Abbott (The George Gund Foundation)
- Kimberly Cutlip (Scioto Foundation)
- Leah Gary (William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation)
- Denise San Antonio Zeman (Saint Luke’s Foundation)
- Eric Avner (The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation)
- Simone Hayes (Owens Corning Foundation)
- Christine Mulvin (The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati)
- Diane Radigan (Cardinal Health, Inc.)
- Barbara Stonerock (The Dayton Foundation)
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