There’s an old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” According to our conversations with members, and to interviews of members conducted by the Taproot Foundation, an external evaluator, the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) is on the right path. The broad, current strategic framework – regionalism; the lasting value of our traditional work of convening, providing educational opportunities, serving as a voice of philanthropy, and promoting relationships and collaborations; along with the importance of building a solid financial foundation for the organization – was again endorsed as the backbone of what members want from WRAG. Therefore, the Board embarked on planning for the period 2017-2018 with this framework in mind, and in strategic discussions adjusted the framework only slightly now to read:
- Promote an equitable region;
- Strengthen our efforts to enhance our lasting value; and,
- Continue to build and diversify the organization’s finances to ensure a solid foundation.
We will refine. We will sharpen. We will improve. We will not overhaul, re-envision, nor transform. Like you said, “It’s not broken.”
This document provides a snapshot of how WRAG will respond to member and community needs in 2017 and 2018. We will have a broad, overarching framework that guides the work and affords the organization needed flexibility to respond to our rapidly changing environment. We look forward to working with our members to continue to improve the region.