Last Monday, the Program Committee of Washington Grantmakers came together to review the board’s strategic framework and offer guidance on our 2008 – 2010 plan. We asked them to come prepared to respond to four questions:
1. What do you as a grantmaker want most from Washington Grantmakers?
2. What should be our top two or three priorities?
3. What shouldn’t Washington Grantmakers be doing?
4. Should/could the work of Washington Grantmakers fall under an overarching thematic umbrella?
And prepared they were. Over five hours, the leaders of our working groups, affinity groups, collaboratives and other interested members of the Program Committee discussed ways to make sure that Washington Grantmakers is a value-added entity in the philanthropic community. I don’t want to share their ideas because we want to hear a fresh perspective from as many of you as possible. Next, we are convening a select group of foundation CEOs, and then we’ll ask for the entire community’s input at town hall meetings coming up in the spring.
Washington Grantmakers is YOUR membership organization. I hope you will give some thought to how you would answer the above questions, and then participate in our strategic planning process to help ensure that we meet your needs.