Planning for the Future
By Kirk Muphy, RMEF Vice President of Western Operations and Don Blakley, RMEF Vice President of Eastern Operations
Staff and volunteers collaborate to create state plans
Now is an exciting time to be a volunteer for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Planning for the future has focused on our cornerstone state based fundraising (SBF), and it’s creating a buzz among lead volunteers participating in the process.
One of the most exciting aspects of SBF planning is that, as volunteers, you work alongside your regional director (RD) to provide input and ideas for consideration. These five-year plans are a team effort between staff and volunteers to provide a vision leading to a road map of where the state will go in the future.
Most plans begin with a review and analysis of the current condition of the state as a whole and of each individual chapter. Goals and objectives are then determined by the RD based on volunteer input. With a clear five-year vision and annual objectives, the state-based teams then focus on and strive to achieve those goals. Each of the state plans is unique, with varying goals or objectives because of differences in demographics, lifestyles, community, and committee size and make-up.
Plan goals and priorities may reflect strengthening volunteer bonds, creating new chapters, growing the number of second events, improving existing events, adding committee social gatherings, producing a statewide newsletter for members and volunteers, boosting volunteer recruitment and retention, improving social media outreach or finding a statewide underwriter for specific banquet merchandise. The list of ideas is endless and is determined from the team’s input.
Because of the many differences among them, states also have the autonomy to use many different organizational methods to reach their state based goals and priorities. Tools available to the state based teams include: certain types of fundraisers, such as Women for Wildlife events, special raffles, golf events and other second event fundraisers; availability of RMEF’s Creative Services Department for designing templates; and engagement of the RMEF founders at certain events. These are just a few of many.
Hosting wounded warrior hunts for veterans or dream hunts for youth or even hands-on volunteer project work days are other great ways to work toward your state vision. You may like the idea of getting all the volunteers from across your state together for a day or weekend of fun, camaraderie and team-building, better known as a rendezvous. These are a great way to energize state based volunteer teams, communicate the plan and present the vision for five years down the road. The list goes on and on, and this is what is so exciting. We have a large menu of ways to get involved, volunteer with RMEF and join our state based teams.
Regional directors are working closely with volunteers in each state to lead the charge in SBF planning and all the other great events and activities hosted by RMEF. These plans are dynamic, are being actively managed and look to the future for the next five years. The goal of SBF and all the planning that goes along with it is to grow state allocations and increase mission output on a state level. Now is a great time to join your states leadership or resource team, provide valuable input and help do more for elk and elk country.