By Mark Lambert
In early 2017, the ASN Board set out to develop a Strategic Plan; a document that would outline how we, as a Charitable Foundation, would support our member clubs. The Strategic Plan focused on four Pillars, or areas of focus. Each Pillar has a strategy, and two goals, complete with who is responsible for the goal and measures of success.
As I have come to learn, developing a Strategic Plan is not a quick activity. After all, this plan will guide an organization’s major activities, and should be referenced frequently; being more than a document that gets dusted off every year or two. In addition, this document can be kept “evergreen”, updated regularly as priorities shift.
Much effort went into creating the now approved ASN Strategic Plan and ensuring that it aligns with the tack the ASN Board would like head.
The four Pillars of our Strategic Plan are:
- Center of Excellence for Able Sail Program Information
- National Fundraising Engine for Able Sail Programs
- National Advocate for Able Sail Grass Roots Program
- Support the Sailing Development of the Able Sail Community
These Pillars are consistent with the existing Objectives of the ASN:
- Facilitate and develop communication and collaboration among organizations and individuals committed to the development of sailing programs for people with disabilities
- Assist in the development and delivery of active, strong and sustainable disabled sailing programs
- Facilitate the delivery of programs, services and resources for disabled sailing programs
- Facilitate increased public awareness of and advocacy for disabled sailing programs
In future newsletters we’ll delve deeper into each of the four pillars.