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Q5: Projects Funding Initiative

ISOC, through the Project Funding program, also partially funds chapter and members projects, which host a large amount of local discussion and education.

What goals should ISOC pursue with the projects funding initiative? Would you recommend any changes to be more useful for ISOC, chapters and members?

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3 Responses to “Q5: Projects Funding Initiative”

  1. Comment by: Theresa Swinehart   
    May 2nd, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Supporting local discussions and education contribute to the organization’s mission and objectives as also reflected in its business plan. What is important in project-funded programs is how to promote and leverage a project, build on it, including with input from members and chapters. Additionally, it is useful to regularly assess the effectiveness of programs and how to improve on them.

  2. Comment by: Jason Livingood   
    May 5th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    As noted in some of my other responses, I think it is really important for ISOC to make some targeted investments of staff, chapters, and programming in key regions, as well as on key global projects/initiatives. These all need to be funded and executed together in a comprehensive and strategic approach, which will maximize the investment of time and resources that ISOC would make. I think such a comprehensive approach, which combines several ISOC capabilities and initiatives (staff, chapters, programs, organizational members, etc.), will have a better result than investing a little here and a little there, in a somewhat more scattered approach.

    An additional success factor is to establish quantitative and qualitative goals for key projects in advance, and then to measure the project as it progresses. This helps focus on problem areas, increase investments in successful areas, and generally improve the effectiveness of an organization’s projects.

    I live these kinds of funding, prioritization, and execution issues every day in my job believe I can bring good experience and a helpful perspective to the board as they navigate planning and decision-making on such issues.

    Jason Livingood
    http://bit.ly/ISOC-Livingood-Info

  3. Comment by: Marcin Cieślak   
    May 25th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Current Community Grants Programme offers a way to fund smaller local initiatives to address issues as seen by the ISOC members at large.

    I would like to see some form of a more focused funding to support larger regional and global projects to achieve ISOC’s strategic goals. Such a programme should allow local stakeholders, including organizational, individual members as well as chapters, to participate in global activities of ISOC.