On January 15, Zen Center’s Board of Directors met in an all-day retreat in the Conference Center at City Center to set goals for the year. The goals include the following:
- Increase board involvement in fundraising. Responsibility: SFZC Board Development Committee.
- Develop plan by year’s end for the long range financial sustainability of SFZC. Responsibility: New board task force chaired by Board Chair Larry Bye and consisting of the president, central abbess, treasurer and chair of Finance Committee.
- Strengthen institution-wide succession planning, including addressing residential quality of life issues. Responsibility: Central Abbess Linda Ruth Cutts and the AEG.
- Officer succession planning. Responsibility: Chair and the Governance Committee.
- Ensure that selection of new board members advances diversity goals as well as need for fundraising and other necessary skills and interests. Responsibility: Governance Committee.
- Advance “Continuing Care Retirement Center for the Wider Sangha” project. Responsibility: President Susan O’Connell and the existing Senior Living Planning Team.
- Develop an alternative plan in the event that the CCRC project is not viable. Responsibility: Susan and the existing Senior Living Planning Team.
- Clarification of how organizational committees function and who they report to. Responsibility: President.
- Ensure receive regular board reports from the committees. Responsibility: President.
Sangha Communication and Involvement
- Improve communication with both the residential community and the wider sangha. Responsibility: New board task force chaired by Albert Kutchins of the Board.
- Increase resident participation in Board work by adding a resident to the Board. Responsibility: Governance committee.
- Assess feasibility of new volunteer program focused on the offering of technical and project management expertise to the SFZC administration. Responsibility: President.
- Development of an information technology plan for Zen Center. Responsibility: President working with Board Secretary Connie Cummings.
- Assessment of SFZC performance against fulfilling its mission and the development of recommendations for the board. Responsibility: Strategic Initiative Team.