Strategic Plan: 2013-2016 

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The 2013-2016 Strategic Plan was approved by the Serve Illinois Commission on February 21, 2013.

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Serve Illinois is dedicated to expanding volunteerism and community service as a means to address the needs of Illinois. We will strive to improve the infrastructure for voluntary service throughout the state so that everyone can serve. The greatest problems in the State cannot be tackled in isolation. It will require the collective impact of all sectors and all communities. Service must be recognized as a strategy in Illinois, and the Commission will contribute to that recognition.

The following five Strategic Goals will serve as the foundation of the Strategic Plan, and are fundamental to supporting the mission and vision for the Commission over these three years:

  1. The Commission will strengthen existing partnerships, while seeking valuable new ones, in order to close gaps of volunteerism across all communities.
  2. The Commission will engage in active outreach to gather input, build awareness, and carry out initiatives to elevate volunteerism in Illinois.
  3. The Commission will embrace diversity and inclusion, encouraging individuals of all abilities to join the volunteer sector.
  4. The Commission will explore and implement effective volunteer management systems to enhance community resilience.
  5. The Commission will focus on its own sustainability, and on maximizing the value it adds to partners and sub-grantees.

The Strategic Planning Committee encourages debate and recommendations toward this blueprint in order to enhance the impact of the Commission, and more importantly, the impact of volunteerism in Illinois.

II. MISSION AND VISION

Mission Statement: Serve Illinois improves communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the State.

Vision: Illinois will become a leader in volunteerism in the nation assisted by the work of the Serve Illinois Commission.

Means to Achieving the Vision: Expand volunteerism throughout the entire State, connecting rural, suburban, and urban communities, and integrating people of all backgrounds, cultures, ages, and abilities. Embrace and promote the idea that everyone can recognize their ability and responsibility to strengthen our communities through voluntary service.

III. STRATEGIC GOALS, CORRESPONDING TASKS, AND MEASUREMENT

The following five strategic goals represent guiding objectives for the Commission during the period 2013-16. Where appropriate, the Corresponding Tasks and Measurements below each goal provide further clarity on how the Commission will achieve its mission and vision over the next three year. The Strategic Planning Committee will consistently evaluate the Commission’s efforts toward achieving these objectives.

  1. The Commission will strengthen existing partnerships, while seeking valuable new ones, in order to close gaps of volunteerism across all communities.
    1. Build the capacity of communities by harnessing existing initiatives and partnerships. These include, but are not limited to: AmeriCorps*State Programs, Volunteer Centers of Illinois (VCI), Generations Serving Generations, Illinois Campus Compact, Cities of Service…
    2. Assess gaps and set regional priorities for volunteerism across the State.
  2. The Commission will engage in active outreach to gather input, build awareness, and carry out initiatives to elevate volunteerism in Illinois.
    1. Promote volunteerism and community service with elected officials, civic leaders, private sector executives, and non-profit professionals.
    2. Create and widely distribute Public Serve Announcements (PSA) to build awareness of volunteer opportunities in the State.
  3. The Commission will embrace diversity and inclusion, encouraging individuals of all abilities to join the volunteer sector.
    1. Continue to build the Illinois Disability Inclusion Team (IDIT) to assist and promote successful service opportunities for people of all abilities.
    2. Expand the use and application of inclusive principles in federally-funded programs, and utilize the IDIT as an advisory body to develop tools to reach this goal.
  4. The Commission will explore and implement effective volunteer management systems to enhance community resilience.
    1. Continue sponsorship and participation in volunteer conferences and cross-stream trainings throughout Illinois to maintain a close relationship with volunteer leaders.
    2. Administer a volunteer matching portal, and integrate it with other state agencies for which the work of volunteers play an integral role.
  5. The Commission will focus on its own sustainability, and on maximizing the value it adds to partners and sub-grantees.
    1. Establish a non-profit arm, the Serve Illinois Foundation (SIF), to create added flexibility and potential for the Commission through additional resources.
    2. Review, and where appropriate, recommend updates to the Commission statute on an annual basis.

IV. Operations and Execution

To best support the mission, vision, and goals of Serve Illinois during the period 2013-16, the Commission will align itself in the following committee structure. This structure will provide an effective means through which our initiatives can be staffed, and it will ensure a unity of purpose among the Commission and its various partners.

The Committees, and a brief explanation of their respective roles, are below. In red under the Committee description lists the Strategic Goals for which the Committee is most responsible:

  1. Executive Committee: The Executive Committee shall be made up of the Commission Chair and Vice Chair, the past chair, and the chairs of the respective committees. The Executive Committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Commission between its business meetings, make recommendations to the Commission, serve as a liaison to the committees and perform other duties as specified in the bylaws. It shall be empowered to establish ad hoc committees to carry out the work of the Commission, and shall report such appointments at the next regular meeting of the Commission. The Executive Committee shall be empowered to act on behalf of the Commission and shall take no action or render any decision that is in conflict with action taken by the Commission. Strategic Goals 1-5
  2. Strategic Planning Committee: The Strategic Planning Committee shall:
    1. Develop and maintain the Commission’s Strategic Plan, and
    2. Work with staff of the Commission to devise a Request for Proposal (RFP) that ensures the vitality of the Commission’s national service portfolio.
    Every three years, the Committee will revise and present the Strategic Plan to the Commission for review and vote. The Committee is responsible for assessing the Commission’s performance in relation to the goals set forth in the Strategic Plan, and will provide an update on progress at each meeting (or as often as appropriate). Once proposals are submitted for an RFP, the Committee will assist in the review process. Annually, the Committee will review the Commission’s RFP process to ensure that it is designed and conducted in a manner that allows a diverse group of programs the opportunity to apply for national service support. Strategic Goals 1, 2, and 3
  3. Community Outreach and Public Relations:The Community Outreach and Public Relations Committee shall educate communities about available Commission resources and encourage them to increase volunteerism. The Committee shall develop a statewide marketing strategy to educate both elected officials and the public about volunteerism and national service programs in Illinois. The Committee will work with staff to develop marketing materials, ensure the newsletter is published quarterly, and issue press releases as appropriate. The Committee is also responsible for assisting in the development of a plan to recruit national service participants and promoting National Days of Service.Strategic Goals 1, 2, and 5
  4. Volunteer Recognition:The Volunteer Recognition Committee shall support and host recognition events throughout the State, the purpose of which is to highlight the work of individual volunteers and organizations while also promoting an ethic of service. Events shall include, but are not limited to, the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, National Service Recognition Day, and the Regional Volunteerism Conferences.Strategic Goals 1, 2 and 4
  5. Resource Development:The Resource Development committee shall work to secure corporate and other non-public funding to support volunteerism, national service programs, and other activities which support the mission of the Commission. The Committee will serve as a liaison between the Commission and the Serve Illinois Foundation. The Committee shall seek in-kind resources, such as printing or professional services, to support the work of other committees and staff. The Committee is also responsible for working with state agencies and legislators to obtain general revenue funding (GRF) for the Commission and its activities.Strategic Goals 2 and 5
 
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