One major challenge facing many associations is “killing” a failing program. A program that doesn’t meet today’s member needs. A program that costs way more than the organization can afford. A program that just doesn’t add member value the way it used to.
So, why don’t we eliminate these programs and use the resources for something of more value?
- it may be a “sacred cow” of one or two board members or perhaps the entire organization.
- it may be considered a program that the association can’t do without.
- It may have dedicated staff that defend it as a way to defend their jobs.
- The US has spent $22 trillion on the “war on poverty” since President Johnson got Congress to approve it back in 1964.
- Yet, the U.S. poverty rate today is higher than when the federal assistance began.
- And, today, the U.S. Census Bureau reports more than 45 million Americans are below the poverty line.
Because “we’ve always done it this way” is probably the easiest answer.
Because we still fail to follow the advice that “insanity is doing the same things over and over but expecting different results.”
And, like many associations, it is hard to eliminate a program once it has been created.
As you review your association’s programs, really look at them. Which is your version of the War on Poverty?