Are You Giving the BBC Another Chance?

If you’re at all involved with the BBC you’ve been getting a ton of emails lately – my question is are taking the time to read them or just pressing delete? We’ve all been down this road before with the BBC – my question for you is, with the below outline as their Operating Plan, are you opting in this time???

-BBC Annual Operating Plan 2012-

Member Benefits:

  • Create and email survey to members to see what practical benefits might be helpful to them
  • Research possible areas like reduced airline and insurance costs.
  • Pursue 3-4 areas of shared member benefit


Events for 2012:


  • Work with Chair and later expanded Events Committee to plan and execute Sept event in DC for Harris Wofford Fellows.
  •  Also plan and execute December event to commemorate UN Year of the Volunteer in DC area.
  • Enlist members of the Effective Practices Group to support the DC training for Wofford Fellows

Media Initiative:

  • Begin canvassing members to see what kinds of articles in what kinds of publications would be helpful for BBC to move into media outlets
  • Prioritize list and create monthly schedule to move these articles into the media
  • Develop relationships with various media outlets to assist in getting articles out
  • Recruit writers or personally write articles that speak to the whole sector


Education Initiative:

  • Survey BBC members to find what topics might be of particular interest to members for Webinars.
  • Get training on use of IBM webinar system and learn how to implement
  • Begin conversations with Jim Lindsay of Catholic Volunteer Network and Ann Schodde of the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy on creating a series of collaborative webinars on topics of interest to members of BBC
  • Create monthly or every-other month list of webinars to be produced for members
  • Recruit webinar leaders on various topics
  • Develop evaluation instrument so that participants can give feedback

Working Groups:

  • Continue to work with chairs of working groups to convene at least every other month
  • Work with committee members to assess current relevance of each working groups
  • Disband less relevant groups, create new groups as needed, recruit new leaders for working groups that need them
  • Work with leadership of each group to create relevant agendas
  • Work with leadership of each group to create ways to evaluate the groups effectiveness


Fund Raising:

  • Continue calls and emails to last year’s donors that have not given this year
  • Ask why they have not given this year and what they need from BBC
  • Work intensively on the larger list of those orgs who are affiliate members but have never given to the BBC.   Ask board to take on a list of 10-20 organizations they know and ask for support
  • Recruit a group of at least 4 members who would work with me to research the kind of project we can go to foundations to support.
  • Determine if such a grant proposal should be solo BBC or joint proposal with several organizations
  • Do search for appropriate foundations
  • Write and submit grant proposals
  • *See asterisk below

Printed Materials:

  • Determine with board members what might be helpful printed materials for BBC to have
  • *Create special fund raising initiative to fund such materials
  • Ask BBC members if they have communications staff or interns who could help design said materials (Eric Mlyn has already offered the use of his staff in some way)
  • Create distribution channels for materials and make available to members to take with them to conferences they are attending

Three Special Focus Areas in 2012 and Beyond:

1)      Impact Tool for Assessing Volunteer Impact in communities

  • Continue to work with Effective Practices Working group (as expanded) to assess the possibility of creating one or more impact tools for members
  • Develop partnerships with development agencies that have created such tools for their long term development needs
  • In preparation for the 2013 conference at Northwestern,  intensify work with academics concerning possible parameters for such a tool
  • Determine if a separate conference might be warranted in early 2013  to flesh out more of what is possible with such impact assessment tool
  • Possibly plan for Spring 2013 conference

2)      Evolving Several Areas of Focus for BBC

a)      Members outside the United States

  • Work to identify possible member organizations outside the United States
  • Recruit a “task” group from among BBC members, empaneled for a specific period of time, to define what membership for organizations outside the U.S. means for BBC and determine if this is a direction we should begin to lead in
  • If task group decides yes to above, then BBC begins to build a coalition with organizations in other countries looking at this as a relevant approach to international volunteering
  • BBC begins looking for financial support in U.S. and abroad for such an initiative

b)     Creation of Network of Networks

  • Recruit “task” group from BBC members to determine what kind of leadership role BBC could take on in leading an international initiative on networks of organizations
  • BBC considers co-convening a domestic or international conference on International Network of networks and do so with the support of corporate and other partners
  • BBC could potentially put forward the creation an international secretariat on international networking and serve as its first facilitating organization
  • Work with David Caprara and others to include in this conversation how to work with “South-to-South” volunteer sending organizations

3)      Develop New Working Relationships

  • Clinton Global Initiative (Jennifer Zeisler via Charles Phillips)
  • World Bank/IMF
  • Interaction and its member agencies
  • Faith based groups working in international volunteer space
  • Other groups you might want to name

Voluntourism Conference 2012

Just a reminder that this year George Washington University wanted to host the conference so I have nothing to do with it. I’ve been getting tons of emails from people wanting details and I have no more than you do. I believe it is happening August 16-17 in DC at GWU. If you are interested in speaking or want more details please contact Kristin Lamoureux who is the Director of International Institute of Tourism Studies The George Washington University.