This past Monday, May 4, a coalition of LGBTQ organizations across the country, including The Center, launched the Our Tomorrow Campaign. This initiative featured in the national press such as The Huffington Post and other media is attempting to drive the LGBTQ community to its website at www.shareourtomorrow.org in which LGBTQ voices will be surveyed and heard. What should be our tomorrow? Where does our community go in what will, hopefully, be a post marriage equality world. What are our hopes and dreams for the future? The Center will be participating in this initiative by programming our Cyber Center computers to point in the direction of this survey.
Closer to home, however, we are endeavoring to do the same thing. This is a strategic planning year for The Center. While we are coming to the conclusion of a three-year plan that began in 2012, our board and staff leadership is planning for the next three years. Where do we go strategically? What are our hopes and dreams?
We don’t take this lightly. It was the strategic plan of 2012 that put The Center on course to find itself and build itself a new home. We would not have the remarkable building, facilities, and programs that we have today at The Center if it was not for the vision of some extraordinary leaders who moved us in this direction.
That is the necessity of a strategic plan. Ideally, we are meant to have a consensus vision as to where we want to go in the next three years. That vision needs to be informed by YOU. We need your voices. We need your views and your opinions. We aim to bring together the voices of our LGBTQ community to decipher where to go as our movement changes so dramatically.
Beginning next week, The Center is launching three separate “walk-in” survey weeks. Anyone who comes into The Center will be surveyed. The results of those surveys will be tallied and used by the Governing Board, the Associate Board and the staff later this year to inform its forward-direction. The first survey is meant to profile those who come to The Center. The second survey is meant to get your views and opinions of our programming. The third survey is meant to survey how best to communicate with you and in what way you would consider supporting the mission of The Center.
In addition to our “walk-in” surveys, we will soon be deploying an online survey in which we are asking any / all to participate. We will be doing one-on-one interviews of key stakeholders in our community. We are planning on a “benchmarking” survey that will be a comparative analysis of The Center and its activities with other like-organizations around the country. We also hope to conduct in July a “World Café”—a listening session in which we hope to get a variety of opinions from our L-G-B-T-Q constituents. It’s our desire to hear from every constituent base of our community.
Will you help us shape our tomorrow? Will you share with us your thoughts, insights, opinions, and guidance as we undertake the weighty task of forging our next three-year strategic plan? Your opinions DO matter! I would encourage you to look for other opportunities as we make these survey instruments available. Share your thoughts and ideas. Our ambition is to serve this community to the best of our ability and resources. It takes a shared vision to do so. And, we won’t have that unless your voice is heard. We want YOUR tomorrow to be OUR tomorrow.
Please feel free to share your ideas with me at email@example.com and look for these other opportunities coming to your INBOX soon!
Chief Executive Officer