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A group of people gathered outside talking on a rooftop overlooking a city. There is a blue sky and it is sunny. The people are sitting at picnic tables and there is people standing and waving.
DIA Strategic Planning Retreat 2017

In 2017, when we first incorporated we held a lovely rooftop Board & Advisory retreat.

At this point, Blair and I had been doing a lot of the thinking on our own and in small conversations, this was the first time we brought together all our founding Board Members and Advisors into one space (remember when we could do that physically, sigh) and we talked about our vision for our organization.

When we started out, Blair and I had a much smaller vision than where we are today. We thought we would focus at a hyper-local level, we would start with one neighborhood, test out ideas and then build from there. But soon after talking through this vision with our Board, they basically said, that’s cute – but we think you should be national instead.

So that vision of going national in combination with a recommendation from our lawyers that nonprofit laws were about to change, it was decided that it was easier to go national rather than provincial. And so with that, we started a journey of running a national nonprofit.

That was nearly 4 years ago.

This year we are coming back to our strategic planning. Last year, was not the year to do that. We went through a ton of transitions and, you know, the pandemic. So in 2021, we are starting a short planning process. We are working with a 2-year time frame because we know a lot is still in flux and we are definitely looking at this as a living document. We will be revisiting our Mission, Vision, and Values and how this informs who we do our work and the impact we are aiming to make.

A big part of what we do is storytelling, collecting, and gathering and so it only makes sense that we do that as a part of this process too. We invite you to share with us as much or as little as you would like. The form below will be open until March 31st, 2021. 

Thank you for sharing your stories with us!

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