COLAGE MAKES BOLD MOVE
Needs Your Support
At our recent Fall 2012 COLAGE Board Retreat, our Board took the bold move to strategically invest our limited resources in COLAGE’s future as an independent organization. Serving you effectively is so important to us that the Board decided to utilize our reserves to make a significant investment to build a thriving COLAGE. We believe, that with your help, we can make this happen. The Board has worked hard to complete a viable and ambitious strategic plan that focuses on expanded fund development, improved marketing and outreach, long-term financial security and enhanced access and quality in our programming. This programming will be centered on two core programs: Family Week and chapter development/support. To this end, we will be reaching out to our local and national communities, building new chapters where our presence is essential, and turning our programs around where they have needed improvements.
We are taking the following steps to ensure a dynamic future for COLAGE:
- This month we are hiring a National Program Coordinator dedicated to supporting our local chapters as well as to improving and expanding our role at Family Week.
- Hiring a permanent Executive Director committed to COLAGE, our families, and social justice; someone with an excellent leadership track record.
- With your support, our third step will be to focus on the real work of the organization: access, community building, and a commitment to diversity through enhancing our virtual outreach so that regardless of where our COLAGE youth live, they can be a part of a support network; simultaneously strengthening local programming; and focusing on how we can make Family Week more accessible for everyone in our community.
We are grateful for the valuable and insightful feedback that you provided through our survey, strategic planning process, and at Family Week and we are integrating your feedback into our work.
We welcome additional feedback, and we are here to answer your questions. Join us and the future is bright.
Paul Perry, Board Chair
Annie Van Avery, Board Vice Chair