Traditional budget development question - What can we accomplish with what we think we can raise?
A strength of this question may be fiscal responsibility. (i.e. there is less chance of overspending)
Our mission is to meet the needs of youth who find themselves at risk. Our focus is to do as much as we possibly can to achieve that mission.
Does the traditional budget development question focus on mission? Does it set a bold vision for our work in the community?
Our board asked the following question at our meeting this week: How much do we need to raise to be relentless in our pursuit of our mission? (i.e. to achieve positive outcomes for youth)
We want to accomplish the following this year:
- all clients in our shelter will be able to find and maintain employment for at least 6 months.
- 85 % of youth leaving our Maurer Hall housing will have safe, stable and appropriate housing that they maintain for at least 6 months
- reduce recidivism (leaving and coming back to our shelter) from 12/44 clients to 0%.
- increase our drop in clients by 30%
We plan to achieve these goals through these actions:
- implement an employment project called ELPIS (Greek word for hope) that includes hope circles, group and individual skill development and job coaching
- have dedicated staff working with clients after they leave our shelter to support their efforts in our community to maintain housing and employment
- have dedicated staff time spent supporting schools and key community places where youth are present.
- build our online outreach to youth
- research and implement an appropriate Housing First project in our community
There is much more that we are focusing on, but these are key client related activities with a focus on impact.
We know that we might need to readjust our budget during the year; however, we are very excited by the big vision that we have. As a result, our board members are considering a deficit budget. (in terms of dollars not in terms of impact!)
What do you think?
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