Three years ago, at an offsite meeting of volunteers and board members generously facilitated by now-vice president Chris Gaugler, we crafted Family PASS's strategic vision and five-year plan. We identified critical development areas and made plans to address them. As I ponder the blessings that have transpired since, I look back on how much we have changed over these last three years while remaining true to our core mission. These changes are not always immediately visible to our clients and donors, but they immeasurably enhance our services and the lives of those we touch.
Since our first major fundraiser three years ago, we have had several each year, including our recent events at Vienna Octoberfest, Bloomingdale's and Stone's Cove KitBar. These events do more than add revenue to bolster our services; they build exposure, partnerships and camaraderie among the board, staff and volunteers. Today, we can't imagine life without them.
We have always relied heavily on individual donors and county grants. But three years ago we began expanding our base to include faith communities (growing from three to more than a dozen), foundations (including a major greening grant from a national foundation) and corporate entities such as Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Three years ago we had many loving hearts and enthusiastic supporters pulled in by word of mouth but little formal governance structure. As we grew we recognized the need for a more sustainable and scalable solution. We engaged a pro bono attorney, and with Chris Gaugler's able leadership, succeeded in crafting articles of incorporation, board governance terms of reference, an employee handbook and more. And we established working committees which serve us to this day: programs, finance, communications and development. We have also established a board alumni group, ably led by founding member and former board member Therese Caplan.
- Credentials and certification
We acquired the services of an outside financial accounting firm that specializes in charitable entities, providing us with unprecedented visibility and predictability and enabling us to weather and even thrive when countless other family service charities have been shuttered. We have earned a gold rating on GuideStar, which rates charities on quality of services, fiscal performance and other metrics.
At Family PASS we never look back, always forward. And we will always honor the generosity of our donors by serving families and building lasting skills and strengths that will allow them to look forward and thrive.