In the excitement that comes with looking forward to the New Year, organizations sometimes jump into planning before carefully evaluating the goals, values, and objectives that need to inform that process. The desire to simply have a plan in place can overtake the discernment it takes to step back and re-evaluate what an organization is currently doing and would like to do in the future. Recently, I came across an example of an organization that seemed to be on the right track in terms of reconsidering its mission, vision and values before planning for 2016 gets underway.
Last month the board of directors of Charlotte Pride outlined the steps they have taken to continue the organization’s strategic and sustainable growth. Charlotte Pride, an organization that brings together the largest gathering of LGBTQ people in the Carolinas, recently adopted a new mission, vision and value statements.
According to the statement posted on the organization’s blog, the new mission, vision, and values statements “bring into full focus the entirety of Charlotte Pride’s work in [the] local and regional community.” Along with clarifying its focus, next year Charlotte Pride will also make the transition from an operating board to a governing board structure, “which will allow the organization to broaden its reach in the community and expand its current programming to address a wider diversity of community needs.”
To move forward with these goals, the current board will guide the organization in taking three important steps:
- Holding focus groups with a wide diversity of community members
- Implementing a recruiting process for new members to join the governing board
- Seeking volunteer organizers to join committees planning its 2016 activities
This seems like a prudent approach to me. Whether you’re making plans to restructure your board or to implement new technology, it’s important to have a clear vision for the future.