Circle's Strategic Planning Committee was formed in July of 2010 in an effort to move Circle Sanctuary as an organization into a sustainable model which will ensure its healthy growth for many decades to come.
This Committee meets regularly, and acts as an advisory board as well as a solid working group on many initiatives.
- Annual Reports: presented every Samhain starting in 2010. These Annual Reports contain an overview of Circle Sanctuary highlights throughout the year, as well as a summary financial statement.
- Fundraising: the Committee has developed a fundraising strategy focusing on direct solicitation of recurring monthly donations.
- Financial Management: Committee members helped facilitate moving Circle's financial records into Quickbooks, implemented a recurring donation facility and PayPal, made available current and recent back issues of CIRCLE Magazine in electronic form, and moved Circle to a lower-cost credit card processor.
- Surveys: The Committee surveyed several thousand Circle Community members about their values and how they perceive Circle, and derived planning priorities from the results.
- Mission and Vision Statements: The Committee crafted new Mission and Vision Statements in 2012, as guideposts for Circle Sanctuary's identity and values.
- Prioritization: Six major fields of endeavor were identified as priority project areas, and sub-committees are under development to plan the next 12-18 months' course of action. Those areas:
- Facilities Development
- Cemetery Development
- Nature Preserve Planning and Conservation
- Event / Volunteer Coordination
- Youth Program Development
The Strategic Planning Committee consists of Circle Community members who are local to the Madison area, to facilitate regular in-person meetings. Since initiating the Committee, these members have become a highly-functional core of volunteers.
Rev. Selena Fox
Dr. Dennis Carpenter
Rev. Joey Bunbury
Paul Herrick (Truly)
Rev. Georgette Paxton
Rev. Robert Paxton