Hi @Nick_Emmett, thanks for the warm welcome.
We're very much still in the planning phase - I'm using some of the resources in the FeverBee store to help give me a starting point for translating our organizational goals into tangible policies and strategy. Like I mentioned to @HAWK, we already have a target audience in our existing member organizations, although we do want to reach the wider charity world in Canada.
Here's where I see some of the value of joining the community (as the idea exists now)
Access to relevant current events, comments on legislation/jurisprudence, opinions, all shared by members of a large community with similar challenges and goals
A platform for connecting with similar organizations, and the ability to host private conversations via chat or PM. Hopefully this will allow people to share more private questions or concerns
A job board - one of our visions is the inclusion of a job board specific to our demographic (faith-based charity), it will allow users to narrow their search because people who work in this industry typically have a passion for it (probably because it has notoriously lower pay!) and often want to stay. It will be hard to compete with a resource like www.charityvillage.ca though, which has great features. Maybe the prospect of having informal conversations about job listings/compensation/ other HR policies will bring value to employers using that feature?
It's customizable - looking through our knowledge bank can be a little daunting because of the complexity of the information, the breadth of service, and simply how long we've been around. Being able to browse only your areas of interest/relevant to your job will add a simpler way of interacting with us. For example, people in human resources roles won't have the time or interest to read through current comments on tax law, so being able to select only groups/threads on HR, or tax, or governance, will make it more worthwhile to use than some of our other avenues of service, depending on the needs of the user.
I'm curious if anyone has any research or thoughts on the effect of forums or communities on brand recognition or reputation. We're hoping that hosting these conversations will help us spread our reach, and we hope our reputation can help draw people into the community itself, but I wonder if there is any risk of muddying the waters by hosting information outside of our control. For example, it would not be good to host information about tax law, for example, that is incorrect. We've gone over the legal questions there, but it deosn't change the fact that the value of something like this rests in the information and connections we host. It almost seems like there is a very important need for moderation, or at least a healthy community practise of self-moderation, where people feel free to correct or help others.
- I found this place while I researched some basic resources for strategic planning! The forums have been great to read through, and I plan on sticking around