The fall always feels more like the start of the New Year than January. Maybe that’s because the Literacy Council gears up for a new program year and implements the changes and improvements we talked about over the summer and committed to in the Strategic Plan. This edition of the newsletter highlights some of these adjustments and improvements that will be made over the next year. There will be more to come in the next three years.
LCNV’s 2014-2016 strategic plan includes the goal “Improve program capacity and performance through organizational improvements, efficiencies and social entrepreneurship.” Or, more simply, look for ways to create efficiencies, save money and build a sustainable future. That can happen through many small changes over time, and honestly should happen for an organization to stay relevant and current. One can certainly agree that is it a good thing that LCNV is not doing business exactly the way we were doing it in the 1960’s. Advancements in technology alone have created efficiencies in every aspect of business. LCNV’s adult learners have also changed, as the regional demographics have made clear. Who remembers the days when LCNV served 133 Basic Literacy learners, and 121 ESOL learners? The 2014 statistics report 1,150 LCNV learners in ESOL programs, and 336 in Basic Literacy (86% of whom are non-native speakers).
To stay competitive in the region’s growing non-profit sector, keep pace with best business practices, raise enough revenue to remain financially sustainable, and most importantly, to maintain LCNV’s reputation as one of the premiere literacy organizations in the country, we must continue to change. Please stay with us and stay tuned as we take small steps and big steps toward the future.
Patricia M. Donnelly, Executive Director
P.S. Thanks for supporting LCNV generously during Acumen Solutions' Race for a Cause 2014. Our learners couldn't do it without you. Read here for more details.
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