The trajectory of a company or organization sometimes shifts a few degrees around the time of a major anniversary, whether it’s 20, 25, 30 or 60 years.
Company goals may not change much, be it offering a product or service, growing or establishing a niche in the industry or community. But a maturing organization often develops a natural deepening and expansion of mission that broadens or clarifies its course.
“We’re a ‘think and do tank,’ ” Providence Plan Executive Director Patrick McGuigan said of the 20-year-old nonprofit that provides extensive data to serve as a foundation for informed decision-making for government, business and the public.
“But at 20 years, we’re taking a serious look at how we can position ourselves to have a bigger impact on policy and people. I think the thread of the discussion we’ve had so far is that ‘think and do’ is not enough. We have to be more intentional.
“It’s about influence or impact,” said McGuigan. “If you want to make a difference, what difference do you want to make and why? We’ve learned a lot, and now we’re ready to take it to the next level.”
But many paths that help fulfill the mission have changed, including a funding environment that’s increasingly competitive, as well as monumental developments in technology that allow data to be more easily, efficiently and broadly communicated.
“The things that made us successful in the first 20 years are not necessarily the same as what will make us successful in the next 20 years,” said McGuigan.
While a major anniversary is generally a good opportunity to go deeper than a celebration, McGuigan said the Providence Plan specifically held a 20th-anniversary celebration with a substantial goal – to deepen the connections among those who work with its many programs.