Strategy for 2010 - 2015

Community Foundation Maps Strategy for 2010-2015

Over the next five years, the Community Foundation of Greenville will explore some new territory and build on its core strengths, according to a new, five-year strategic plan approved by the Board of Directors in November 2009.

The strategic plan defines three key objectives to guide the Foundation from 2010 to 2015:

∑        Strengthen the Foundationís leadership and catalyst role in addressing community issues and  
         improving quality of life.

∑        Increase the Foundationís assets.

∑        Optimize the Foundationís organizational capacity to achieve its mission.

The Community Foundation embarked on a six-month planning process in June 2009.  The planning was facilitated by Eleanor Dunlap, SE Consulting Inc., and Russell Stall, Greenville Forward and guided by Strategic Planning Committee members Jo Hackl, Anna Kate Hipp, Bill Bridges, Doug Brown, Bob Howard, Bob Morris, and Denise Sudderth.  The strategic plan was the topic of a Board retreat in September.

The Greenville community provided opinions and guidance through personal interviews with community leaders and an independent focus group of past Board members and volunteers.  Research was also conducted of peer community foundations in the southeast for benchmarking and best practices.  CFG President Bob Morris said, ďWe are grateful to all the Board members and community leaders who have guided us in this process and are excited about the focus and future of the Community Foundation.Ē

Over the next five years, the Community Foundation will focus on strategies to meet the objectives of the plan. 

Strengthen the Foundationís leadership and catalyst role in addressing community issues and improving quality of life. 

This will involve renewed efforts to define the communityís needs, assets and resources and to focus on specific areas or issues that need attention.  We will work to address critical challenges and emerging opportunities through leadership, grants, and partnerships.

Increase the Foundationís assets

The Community Foundation believes that to be a more effective leader it must grow its assets and has set a goal of $50 million by 2015.  The Foundation expects to do this by increasing awareness in the broader community, increasing the number and size of donations, and maintaining effective stewardship of assets.

Optimize the Foundationís organizational capacity to achieve its mission.

The Community Foundation will focus on its mission, values, and role in the community.  Board leadership, volunteer engagement, adequate staffing and sound management are our focus as the Foundation promotes responsible philanthropy.

During the next five years, we will keep you informed about our progress implementing these strategies.  As always, we welcome any comments and suggestions you have to improve our service to Greenville County.