ONE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN
SGD’s objectives and execution thereof for the next 10 months.
- Expand to other campuses across the nation
- Distribute manifesto to as many campuses as possible, starting with large, regional universities
- Build relationships with potential SGD leaders at these campuses
- Iraqi Democracy Project
- Raise sufficient funds for the Spirit of America project
- Awareness activities and publicity to direct public attention towards the fundraising and Spirit of America’s efforts
- Fundraising activities, approach local/statewide groups for donations
- Non-Profit 501(c)(3) status process begun
- Find experienced individual to aid in attaining status
- Begin physical application process
- Increase Membership Turnout
- Double typical meeting attendance by month’s end
- More flyers, chalking, campus presence
- Ramin Parham Speech
- Secure source of funding (Campus Leadership Program, Political Science Department, other sources)
- Coordinate final arrangements with Ramin Parham
2.5 months (end of January)
- 501(c)(3) non-profit status completed
- Continue to work with experienced non-profit manager mentor
- Possibly significant cost depending on fees related to the incorporation process and advice on the issue.
- Established presence on 10-15 other campuses
- Leaders on these campuses should be prepared to run national activism/awareness campaign in coordination with all SGD units
- Effective national coordination system in place to keep all of SGD focus running effectively
- Cost incurred involved in recruiting members on other campuses and building a national network
- Ground laid for the National Campaign
- Should combine activist, awareness, while introducing SGD to the national stage and garnering attention and promoting SGD’s unique, highly critical, and energetic focus with emphasis on nonpartisanship
- Possible country focuses include Iran, Burma, or North Korea.
- Date in Mid-March to Mid-April – try to find a national anniversary to throw the event on (Ex. Patrick Henry’s “give me liberty or give me death” speech, Mar. 23, Paul Revere’s ride, Apr. 18)
- Speakers should be lined up, educational materials ready
- Press contacts should be aware and ready to cover event
- Significant funding needed for securing speakers, production and dissemination of educational materials, and other costs.
6 months (end of spring semester)
- Capitalize on National Campaign
- SGD should be a known player on local, regional, and national levels after effective use of the media
- Make sure National Campaign accomplishes its goals by forcing through the change demanded by the activist campaign
- Campus ties solidified
- Solid national network that works well within defined parameters with other chapters and the national organization itself
- Base should continue to expand during the summer
- SGD will need a viable, strong presence on a multitude of campuses to begin the 2005-2006 school year strongly. Recommended that at least three dozen campuses have SGD chapters at this point.
- Begin expanding to foreign campuses
- UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, among others.
- Necessary to exert true worldwide pressure on autocrats and on worldwide leaders to oppose autocrats
- Make attempts to secure at least three SGD chapters abroad before the start of the 2005-2006 school year
10 months (beginning of junior year)
- National network ready for flurry of campaigns focused on 2-3 nations to effect change and advance democracy in those nations
- Countries of focus chosen during summer by all SGD groups
- Clear plans ready to organize a variety of nationwide events to gain attention to the issues, lobby for good governmental policies, and get direct aid to dissidents.
- By the end of the semester, clear change in at least one of these countries should be brought about.
- Foreign campus ties solidified
- Should be strong enough to participate in SGD campaigns
- Focus on developed countries for now, expansion into undeveloped countries to come during the 2005-2006 school year.
- Close working relationship with national entities at the forefront of democratization
- Establish and continue effective partnerships with the National Endowment for Democracy, Community for a Council of Democracies, Freedom House, and Spirit of America.
- Relationships should complement efforts of both sides.