KCC is currently offering a far deeper range of programs than it has in two decades. This is made possible by a team of teachers, three of whom offer their considerable time to KCC without compensation. This is not sustainable in the long-term (and possibly not in the medium-term). Things will only get tighter as we begin one-year retreat. Finally, part of the strategic discussions include possible plans to acquire a new urban center, which would have significant cost implications. If we did move to a new urban center, it would likely cost more over and above what we spent on it.
Below are a list of goals the Strategic Planning Committee and Leadership group identified. While the groups have spent substantial time thinking and discussing them, they are only a starting place for further discussions. The SPC hopes members of the sangha think about KCC's situation, its needs, and its resources and offers feedback and suggestions. Have a look:
- Create a business plan. Discussion. The moving parts that affect finances are many and complex. It's difficult to conceptualize our needs and resources, and a business plan would clarify a number of issues.
- Develop a culture of giving. Discussion. This topic will actually be addressed in a separate post focused entirely on culture changes. The idea is to better integrate the idea of giving (among other things) within our practice of the dharma.
- Support the unpaid teachers. Discussion. This was the least fleshed out in terms of strategy, but there was a broad sense that it's unsustainable to expect teachers to be able to devote the equivalent of a part- to full-time job to KCC without having some means of compensation.
- Begin an urban center campaign, but only after the cloister at SCOL is fully funded. Discussion. This is less a goal than a matter of tactics, and one that the group was split on. Does it make sense to have two campaigns going on simultaneously? Or put in the reverse--would two campaigns focused on different goals really compete with one another?