Steering Committee Updates
July 19 or 22, 2022
Highlights from the Fifth Steering Committee Meeting
- The fifth LFI Steering Committee meeting was held on July 19 and July 22 (two options for joining were provided for scheduling flexibility).
- Attendees reviewed the current cost to run the community and future costs under different scenarios, potential funding and governance options for the LAC, including sample grant ranges for infrastructure organizations, research on membership models, and a list of potential funders to begin engaging in exploratory conversations.
- Members acknowledged that the LAC would likely need time to develop a sustainable funding revenue stream. One option that was discussed is to pursue a philanthropic pitch for bridge funding or growth capital to have time to clarify the value proposition and develop a business plan that would be proposing sustainable funding sources down the road. Membership fees could be a funding source, but fees will not likely cover the majority of costs.
- Overall, there is a critical need to begin engaging funders with an MVP as we think about LAC sustainability in the short-term.
- Steering Committee members summarized next steps using three pathways:
- Exploring equitable and feasible membership fees
- Potential seed and/or transition funders and grants
- Exploring alignment with another organization that already exists
Interested in learning more? See July 19 and July 22, 2022 meeting notes.
June 27 or 28, 2022
Highlights from the Fourth Steering Committee Meeting
- The fourth LFI Steering Committee meeting was held on June 27 and June 28 (two options for joining were provided to provide scheduling flexibility).
- As discussed in previous meetings, there has been a consistent call to clarify the LAC’s mission and integrate equity into the work of the community. The current LFI effort, facilitated by the Monitor Institute by Deloitte, is focused primarily on the path to sustainability for the community (funding and governance). The LFI effort will continue to hold an equity lens throughout the process through September. Post-September, some of the key LFI implementation activities for the Minimal Viable Plan will likely include:
- Onboard transition planning working group
- Identify key human capital, process, and technology issues inherent in the MVP
- Undergo negotiations (if necessary)
- Manage the process of integration
- In order to address some of the questions that have arisen in this process, the community will likely need to establish structures to review equity in the Community, and possibly conduct an LAC Mission Review to refine the mission to align with the MVP and equity principles of the Community.
Emerging Interview Insights
- Steering Committee members discussed the emerging insights that have come up during seven interviews conducted with key stakeholders so far, particularly insights surrounding the LAC’s value proposition, funder priorities, membership organization structures, and potential future partners.
- Any organization considering integrating LEAP into their own programming will want a couple years of seed funding to support transition/develop transition plan. How does this mesh with what research shows about fundings not wanting to fund initiatives built by other funders?
- Interviewees mentioned that a funder may be willing to be part of a group of funders, but most likely don’t want to fully fund something on their own that was built by someone else.
- It’s important to recognize that there is a small cadre of funders that would be engaged in funding this at a national level; likely only 6-7 potential funders.
- The LEAP challenge is a mindset shift: change happens when organizations and funders become convinced that organizational mission and performance are inextricably linked – and act accordingly. How do you close the gap and then act?
- Based on desk research and interviews, the Monitor Institute team started to shape three broad avenues for exploration for the Steering Committee to consider – grounded in the current LAC activities as well as Community aspirations – that have implications for the level of funding that the community would need to raise post 2023 and the feasibility of different funding mechanisms and governance options. Each path takes existing elements of the Community and sketches the implications for leaning in strongly in one distinct direction. The paths should be understood as a means to generate conversation around the potential scale of the Community’s ambition and what this means for our choices for how to create a sustainable, self-governed Community moving forward.
- As such, they should be understood as “productively inaccurate” conversation anchors, rather than strict choices. The final MVP will inevitably include elements of any or all of these paths, as well as new considerations that emerge from our discussions together.
- Steering Committee members then discussed the potential options that are emerging for the LAC’s future, including becoming a peer learning community for senior leadership, focusing on knowledge development and dissemination, and/or becoming an action-oriented sector change agent. The strategic paths options align with stated function of LAC in the Strategy for Change document, which is to: (1) strengthen community (2) develop content to build the field, and (3) influence the field.
Interested in learning more? See June 27 or 28, 2022 meeting notes.
Steering Committee Members as of June 13, 2022
- A. Toni Young
- Amy Morgenstern
- Andrew Niklaus
- Art Taylor
- Bradley Dudding
- Britt Lake
- Christine Robinson
- Debra Natenshon
- Doug Bauer
- John Brothers
- Louis Erste
- Quentin Wilson
- Shelley Metzenbaum
- Tracy Gray
- James Stancil
- Erika Van Buren
- Kathy Park
- Carmen Moreno-Rivera
- Omar Butler
June 8, 2022
Highlights from the Third Steering Committee Meeting
- The third LFI Steering Committee meeting was held on June 8. The Steering Committee was very pleased to welcome a new member, Britt Lake, which brings the Steering Committee count to 19 total ambassadors.
- Meeting attendees discussed the mission of the Community, as defined by the Strategy for Change document. We discussed using the 2019 document as the best articulation of the present mission, vision, and theory of change to ground this work. It was suggested that some language from Strategy for Change could be updated to better reflect the present ethos of the Community. We also discussed integrating equity into the community’s purpose, as well as the option of revisiting the mission and making necessary updates once the funding mechanisms and governance structures for the MVPs are selected. This continues to be an open item for the group.
- Attendees then discussed the different types of funding mechanisms that the LAC can look into as part of the LFI, including finding a new funder or group of funders, collaborating with partner organizations, transitioning to a membership model, adopting an earned revenue model, or a combination of these options. Steering Committee members discussed equity implications of different models; a deeper dive into the equity considerations of each of these models will be an important research focus as we move forward. The majority of attendees agreed that an earned revenue model is the least-likely model to implement, given the immense changes that it would require with regards to the LAC’s mission and the way it operates.
- Attendees followed up the discussion on funding mechanisms with a deeper dive on future LAC governance structures, such as self-governance and absorption into another organization. Some attendees mentioned that the Community should partner with other organizations rather than be ‘absorbed’ by another organization. They also agreed that self-governance through the establishment of an LLC or B Corp should be taken off the table as a governance structure we should explore.
- Steering Committee members closed out the discussion by talking about the LAC activities that the Community should carry forward in the future. They reviewed the activity data from the 2022 LFI Spring Survey and acknowledged that the activities the LAC wants to retain are those related to the Community, building relationships, facilitating discussions, and developing a shared set of guiding principles.
Interested in learning more? See June 8, 2022 meeting notes.
May 25, 2022
Highlights from the Second Steering Committee Meeting
- The second LFI Steering Committee meeting was held on May 25. This was the first meeting with new members who joined the Steering Committee through targeted outreach efforts.
- Attendees reviewed the updated Steering Committee composition and agreed to conduct additional targeted outreach specifically to Latino, millennial, and internationally-located ambassadors. Steering Committee members also mentioned the potential to create working groups to get specific feedback throughout the LFI process.
- Steering Committee members reviewed the strategic choices that the LAC is facing through the LFI process. They discussed the initial focus of the LFI Process focusing on funding mechanisms and governance structures. They also began to build understanding of the current state by reviewing the principles for fostering the LAC community and high-level costs estimates for LAC operation.
- The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on June 8, during which members will do a deeper dive on potential funding mechanisms, governance structures, and activities for Minimum Viable Plans (MVPs).
Interested in learning more? See May 25, 2022 meeting notes.
May 6, 2022
Highlights from the Steering Committee Kickoff Meeting
- The LFI Steering Committee Kickoff meeting was held on May 6. The purpose of the meeting was to kick off the LFI Steering Committee with initial volunteers and discuss ways to continue building out the Steering Committee.
- Attendees reviewed the guardrails for the LFI process, and continued the discussion from the 4/27 LFI Survey Results Presentation about the LAC mission. While some Steering Committee members expressed reservations about certain words in the LAC mission, the majority agreed that the ethos of the mission resonates and that the process could move forward with the mission as-is for the time being. They also agreed that this process would be used to capture data that can be leveraged to potentially update the mission at a later date.
- Steering Committee volunteers agreed that it is important to increase the representativeness of the Steering Committee by organization type, race and ethnicity, age cohort, and geography. They decided to seek additional members to the Steering Committee by contacting specific individuals who signed up to be adjunct members to the Steering Committee.
- The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on May 25, and we will cover governance and LAC engagement for the LFI process.
Interested in learning more? See May 6, 2022 meeting notes.