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Sustainability is contingent on the power of creative thinking.

– Gerri Russell

Once your shared site has been operating for a while, it is important to think about how to sustain it over time. How can you ensure that you will be able to meet your expenses as you move forward? Is your staffing structure adequate for implementing your programs and services? How strong are your current internal and external partnerships?

Developing a sustainability plan involves examining your goals, relationships, practices, and procedures. It is an ongoing process, not a one-time activity. It requires careful financial planning, continuous fundraising, ongoing marketing, and the nurturing of internal and external champions. The following are some strategies that might be helpful.

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9.1 Deepening Internal Commitment and Support

As you move forward, it is important to ask your Board of Directors to use their personal and professional connections to help support your center. Keep them updated on what is happening at your site and invite them to stop by on a regular basis. Strengthening your Board’s level of commitment is a critical element of sustainability.

Ensuring that administrators and staff are totally on board with your model is also essential. Ongoing training for ALL staff in intergenerational best practices and the engagement of staff in planning efforts are key strategies for deepening their commitment. A powerful way of promoting sustainability is to build the leadership skills of staff to take on increasing responsibilities.

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