NVN’s Strategic Planning Process
March 2019 Report
At a 2014 retreat, NVN’s Board of Governors reviewed NVN’s committee structure and developed comprehensive priorities, assigning them to specific committees. Since that time, NVN has grown and become a more complex organization. After a February 2018 Board retreat focused on operational issues, the Board determined that it was time to develop a strategic plan in order to identify priorities for moving forward.
Strategic Planning Process
In spring 2018, an Ad Hoc Strategic Planning committee was convened. Membership included representatives from the Board as well as several committees. After an initial meeting to discuss the committee’s charge, Faye Ross, NVN’s president, contacted John Riggan, a retired professional consultant living in Mt Airy, about assisting us. When he agreed, the committee provided him with a range of NVN materials. Subsequently, Riggan met with the committee and suggested a structured approach for moving ahead.
Riggan‘s recommended plan involved convening several small focus groups. Each group would be given three scenarios:
1. What are the bare bones which are essential for NVN in order to remain a viable organization?
2. What would an ideal NVN involve?
3. What would be a realistic NVN, given resource predictions?
In each group, individuals were asked to reflect on each question before writing down their answers and then sharing them with the entire group. Comments were recorded….
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NVN’s Guiding Values
From the Strategic Report
1. NVN’s members want to continue growing and learning as we age. We want to engage and grow with a new community and within the neighborhoods where we live; we don’t want to just age in place.
2. NVN’s members believe that we will age better as part of a supportive community. We want to meet new people, support each other, enjoy social opportunities, make new connections, and be receptive to changing interests and needs.We recognize that when we “give back,” we gain a lot in return.
3. NVN is a welcoming community, irrespective of race and ethnicity, age, gender preference and orientation, income level and abilities.
4. NVN recognizes the value in other community organizations that have complementary roles in supporting the needs of older residents.We want to seek out active partnerships with those organizations.
5. NVN believes that all members should expect that NVN’s finances are solid and that the organization can be self-sustaining primarily through membership annual dues.