The members and participants in the Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) have defined this strategic plan that outlines our shared strategic focus and commitment to executing a set of strategies designed to make that focus a reality. Our plan further unites us as a team and advances our mission to reduce poverty in the region. We will accomplish this by strengthening our leadership, structure, programs and services, performance measurement, funding model, and alliances.
We invite you to join us in our work and encourage your active engagement in executing this plan.
Our strategic focus is to bring the power of our collective knowledge and energy together to prevent and reduce poverty by inspiring, advocating, convening, incubating, connecting and influencing services, programs and resources, in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties.
Tell the story and educate the community
Amplify the voice of poverty
Serve as the educators, inspirers and a little bit of the conscience of the community
Provide programs and delivery models that can be replicated in our geographic regions
Demonstrate passion through our work
Focus on macro issues; broad and sweeping initiatives
Change the system; one bureaucracy at a time
Save the children; no matter the cost
Provide common knowledge and language about poverty
Impact policies that create poverty and encourage policies that prevent or reduce poverty
Bring people together to change systems
Serve as a combination of initiator and responder; initiate some actions that need to be led; involve others or respond to ideas or projects brought by other organizations and support getting it done
Accomplish work through people and a network of relationships including individuals, teams, and organizations.
Bring others to the table who share responsibility; inspire others to get involved; become champions and nurture and build other champions
Initiate, facilitate or support conversations about opportunities and needs
Pilot or support programs/ initiatives that may be eventually spun off
Provide programs and delivery models that can be replicated in our geographic regions; agencies may adopt what PRI is incubating and use those “learnings”, principles and guidelines to expand or continue the work
Incubate, test and may spin off or directly deliver the program depending on the circumstances.
Connecting and influencing services, programs and resources
Engage those in poverty in developing and supporting services, programs, and resources
Maintain responsibility for some specific programs