– from Cindy Russell, Development Committee, Chair
The Development Committee welcomed a new Development Officer to the Conference, Lese Wright, and sought to provide support and advice as needed as she transitioned into the role.
Of note, the committee:
• Approved the 2015 Development Plan that was carried out by Lese Wright and Conference staff.
• Expanded the scope of the committee’s concern to include all annual giving to the conference. This followed the 2013-14 change of the term “Friends of the Conference” to include any annual giving to the conference, regardless of the fund.
• The Endowment Policy was altered with input from Phil Hatley, finalized and sent to the Board of Directors for a vote.
As we move into the 2015-16 Conference year, the Development Committee will be merging, with the OCWM Committee to unify the focus on donations, from either individuals or churches, as one effort, and to give OCWM more focus. This merging of committees will occur following the Annual Meeting in June, 2015.
Thank you to all who make personal donations to support the mission and reach of the Conference!