NAWG Foundation Leaders Meet for Strategic Planning Session

September 10, 2010 Bookmark and Share

Members of the National Association of Wheat Growers Foundation (NAWGF) Board of Directors and NAWG staff met in Las Vegas this week for a two-day strategic planning session.

Representatives from 11 NAWG-affiliated state associations came to the meeting, along with NAWG officers, who are also officers of the Foundation, and NAWG staff members, who carry out Foundation activities according to a contract between the two entities.

The NAWG Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization formed in 1977 to pursue educational and charitable activities. The Foundation owns the Wheat Growers Building, in which NAWG and other tenants are housed; puts on three leadership training programs each year with the support of industry partners; and works to undertake other educational efforts, like sponsoring learning sessions at Commodity Classic.

Despite these activities, wheat grower-leaders and staff have long felt the Foundation was underutilized and desired time to think exclusively about the Foundation’s mandate.

This week’s meeting was facilitated by Dr. Vincent Amanor-Boadu of Kansas State University, who spent much of the first day’s session giving the 30 attendees a detailed look at the way successful organizations think about their structure, their planning and their work.

Group brainstorming activities the first day and break-out sessions the second day focused on the Foundation’s history; mandate; core values and customers; objectives and metrics; and structure and resources.

Based on the information gathered and discussed at the Las Vegas meetings, participants will continue work with Amanor-Boadu to flesh out a strategic plan.

The NAWG Foundation Board of Directors will consider these conclusions and the organization’s strategic direction at their next meetings, scheduled for October and January.