Guest blog by Susan Boykin Mill, Interim Executive Director/Co-Founder of The Courage Center, a Connected Communities grant recipient. Our project, “A Place of Hope,” is a centrally-located community center, donated... Read More
Every three years, our board and staff develop our strategic plan, designed to set the Foundation’s strategic agenda and inform everything we do at our Foundation.
Our 2017- 2019 Strategic Plan draws upon the work we’ve done since 2014 — encouraging people to embrace philanthropy through Midlands Gives, improving our region’s quality of life through our Connected Communities grant initiatives and providing a platform for neighbors to help neighbors with the One SC Disaster Fund.
Our new plan includes four strategic goals:
1. Increase our impact in the Midlands of South Carolina
We will build one community connected through giving by increasing knowledge, opportunities and resources that cultivate community connections and increase the impact of philanthropy. To do this, we will build relationships with a more diverse geographic and demographic audience. The resulting relationships will allow us to increase the philanthropic dollars invested and the impact of those dollars.
2. Be the Preferred Vehicle for Philanthropy
We will ‘serve and amaze’ our donors by supporting their philanthropic goals, engaging them in impactful initiatives, and providing the highest level of personalized service. In order to fulfill our mission, we must increase our levels of service, demonstrate our knowledge of community needs and engage donors in impactful initiatives.
3. Be a Learning Organization
In order to demonstrate our core values, we must increase our effectiveness by benchmarking and adopting industry best practices.
4. Engage 100% of Trustees in actively supporting the work of the Foundation
A full-time Governance/Nominating Committee will develop a menu of engagement activities and a system to track and monitor the activities. Our Board of Trustees’ support is critical to our foundation’s success. In order to achieve our mission and vision and uphold our core values, our organization must be led by a board that demonstrates leadership, advocacy and best in class governance.