Board President Report
On Saturday October 21 we held our 2023 Strategic Planning retreat facilitated by Board Coach Keith Johnson at Koinonia. Twenty-three people participated virtually and in person, including board members, staff, volunteers, and community leaders. By the end of the retreat the group decided on three goals to focus on:
Goal 1: Identify a staffing structure for current and future needs by June 2024 and implement the plan by December 2025.
Goal 2: Raise operating revenue to achieve a balanced budget in 2024 and 2025.
Goal 3: Grow Koinonia community by retaining current users/programs and attracting new/first-time visitors.
Each team has a champion, and they are in the process of defining their objectives and beginning their work. We look forward to giving a report on this Strategic Plan at our Annual Meeting in February.
Below please see updates on our current Strategic Planning Goals:
Goal Committee Work
Goal 1 – Operating Revenue (Champion – Mark Wilson): We are continuing to conduct outreach to bring in both philanthropic dollars and rental revenue to ensure a balanced budget and, ideally, a surplus by the end of 2023. We continue to collect payments for the Nature Camp and are thrilled to share we received an unrestricted charitable contribution from Zion Lutheran Church, New Jersey in the amount of $174,455.55. We will discuss allocation of these funds at our November Board meeting. This is a testament to the impact Koinonia is having on our members and their continued commitment to our work.
Goal 2 – Connections to member congregations (Champion – Kristi Jasberg-Robinson): We continue to see growth in the reach of our Facebook posts, and our most recent newsletter had a similar open rate.
Goal 3 - Capital Campaign (Champion – Anthony Geraci): The Capital Campaign is continuing to progress with a focus on our stretch goal to raise an additional $500k this year. As of late July, we had achieved the following:
- Actual gifts received: $824,248.36
- Total gifts and pledges: $1,147,409.40
We are continuing our work to secure gifts from member congregations. This is progressing, including congregational announcements starting at my home church, St. JME, in October.
The Governance Committee, which is comprised of me, Blythe, and Gerry, has been meeting and making good progress on revising our Constitution. Our next step is to get input from Kathleen and then put together proposed revisions. Those will be shared with the Board when ready.
Thank you for your continued support of Koinonia!
Katie Cunningham - Board President