This area is designed to specifically discuss the "Financial Sustainability" section of the strategic plan. (Download link for entire plan is below).
We want to know specifically:
• What excites you about it?
• What concerns do you have?
• What could be made better?
• What are ways you want to implement it personally and with your local teams?
All social change requires funding to sustain coordinated volunteer activism in the field. In order for us to accomplish everything listed in this document we must raise the financial resources to be sustainable and to fund new exciting projects as they develop. Our work to raise funds will also strengthen other aspects of our work in several ways. First, it will help educate the public about the growing field of peacebuilding and build and engage a growing constituency for peace. Second, it will grow our own volunteer network. Finally, it will deepen the national understanding of and commitment to support peacebuilding efforts in every sector of society.
To create a culture of financial sustainability we will:
Create Gift Programs: Build a major gift program that will recruit people to give $5,000 or more to these efforts.
Improving Stewardship: Improve donor stewardship (Our Peace Partner Program) we will create an annual calling program, create an acknowledgement program for all donor categories, and disseminate a quarterly accomplishments update. To support all of these improvements we will begin utilizing a new robust database that can meet our connection needs and track the donor cultivation process.
Hold Fundraising Events: For many years fundraising events of all sizes have been the bedrock of funding for our organization. As we move forward we want to ensure that this aspect of our fundraising plan continues to develop. As such, we will plan and encourage:
• Entry events: introduction to the organization, light ask (typically between 10-25 people)
• Smaller fundraising house parties (Goals- 20 total for 2009; 30 or more for 2010)
• Larger table captain events (i.e. over 100 in attendance)
• Other diverse efforts: Walks, auctions, and concerts etc.
Establish a Grant-Writing Program: Build a volunteer grants writing team to solicit funds for Educational Institute activities such as peacebuilding training, research, coalition participation and public education through media and events.
Train Fundraising Superstars: Train volunteers in fundraising and speaking with videos, conference calls, written materials and support coaching.
Develop sustainability: Develop a sustainability plan for The Peace Alliance Educational Institute and a seed capital campaign to implement it.