The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia developed a new strategic plan that defines the areas of emphasis and the types of programs and services the organization should focus on through 2016. The Preservation Alliance prepared this planning work at a critical time of change and reflection. The staff weighed the value and reach of its core programs, its relationships to the community and the preservation field, and an eventual change in executive leadership. The new plan has enabled the Preservation Alliance, as a service and advocacy organization, to prioritize which programs to continue as well as identify new initiatives to pursue; to create and maintain effective collaborations with other preservation organizations; to outline staffing and funding necessary to carry out proposed educational programs; and to develop a succession strategy for executive leadership that relates to these issues. Staff conducted external interviews, focus groups, an online member survey, and a peer evaluation by three like-minded organizations that evaluated how the Preservation Alliance is perceived and how it can improve upon its current offerings. The plan paved the way for the organization's long-serving executive director, John Gallery, to retire in 2012, and for the hiring of Caroline Boyce in March 2013. 1
- 1. Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded through 2013 following which a new funding category, Advancement grants, was introduced to support substantial long-term organizational development.