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Gotham Volleyball Strategic Planning Update

Strategic Planning Update

This section of the page is about Gotham’s current Strategic Planning projects.  For frequently asked questions and more information about what Strategic Planning is about, scroll down to the second half of this page.

Currently, Gotham is moving forward on two very important aspects of our strategic planning.  Click on the links below for more details about each of these projects:

If you have any questions or suggestions about our current strategic planning projects, read our FAQ below, or contact Seth at [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Strategic Planning

Q:  What is Strategic Planning?

A:  At its core, Gotham Volleyball is a non-profit organization trying to accomplish its mission.  In Gotham’s case, our mission is to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ individuals by building community through the sport of volleyball.  Strategic planning is the process by which the Board of Directors takes a hard look at the organization as it exists today, and figures out how to improve our ability to accomplish our mission looking forward.

Q: How long has the Gotham Board had a strategic planning process?

A:  While the Board has always had some form of a strategic planning process, we first formalized the process in December 2006.  Working with a professional non-profit consultant who provided her services for free, the Board, for the first time ever, held a one day planning retreat when it developed a mission statement and a strategic goals for the next 1, 5, and 10 years.  Ever since then, the Board has held (mostly) annual planning retreats to continue the process and push to accomplish the goals set for the organization in prior retreats.

Q: Isn’t this a waste of resources?  Shouldn’t the Board just focus on volleyball?

A:  We feel, and most of the membership has advised us in feedback, that Gotham is more than just a volleyball league.  For many of us, we meet key people in our lives, partners, best friends, etc. in Gotham activities, and our planning helps create and improve those activities. But even if you just look at our volleyball programming — Some of the most exciting changes to our Division Play, Power classes, tournaments, etc. have come out of the strategic planning process.  For example, our online registration system, our 2010 website redesign, our current Power program, our Friendship Tournaments, our locating and securing space in Hells Kitchen, our Gotham e-mails, and the Division 7-10 “skills based” tryout format all came out of our review of organization needs and potential solutions during our planning retreats.

Q: How can I get involved?

A:  Once you review the information on the project pages, if you have any thoughts or comments, write to Seth, our Director of Strategic Planning, at [email protected]