The Dane G. Hansen Foundation began funding local pass-through grants in 26 counties of Northwest Kansas in 2015. In March 2017, they challenged the counties to become more strategic in how these grant dollars were allocated by funding a “Strategic Doing” initiative. For counties that actively engage in the Strategic Doing process, the Hansen Foundation has committed to continue to fund the local pass-through grant funds at least through 2021.
What Is Strategic Doing?
In a nutshell, it is an ACTIVE, dynamic and continuous collaborative process to develop and implement strategy which is asset based (using what you have available) for shared, measurable outcomes and a road map to follow. By design, the process encourages new ways of thinking, behaving and doing. The ultimate goal is to DO something and not just plan, plan, plan. By leveraging the available assets (people, organizations, skills, money, etc.), active energy of interested volunteers, and desire to accomplish a community need – projects are moved forward with action in short periods of time.
The Hansen Foundation has contracted with Betty Johnson of Betty Johnson & Associates of Lawrence Kansas to guide the process for all 26 interested counties. To download the information shared by Ms. Johnson at the Hansen’s March 23, 2017 Foundation Forum, click HERE.
What Strategic Doing is NOT
It is not traditional strategic planning in which needs are listed and prioritized with long-term goals established.