September 15, 2015
Dear ICOI Community Members
Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatu Allahi wa Barakatuh
We pray this letter finds all of you and your families in the best of health.
The objective of this letter is to share with you the strategic planning thoughts that we have transcribed to guide ICOI over the next few years.
As you know, in the last 18 months we have improved our operating position by:
- Trying to create a fiscally sustainable model that relies more on recurring revenue streams
- Improving our governance structure through a more community engaged model
- Improving our offerings to the community. This included increasing the number of people educated from 50 per week to the current number of nearly 500 people per week, in-sourcing our community assistance programs so they can be more targeted, and restructuring our community engagement teams for increased engagement and benefit to our community
While these were healthy changes, and may have seemed a bit random at the time, they were not done without some directional ideas of where we might be headed. With the arrival of Sheikh Atef, we took the opportunity to crystallize our thoughts on some guiding principles that we believe will serve ICOI well as we continue to grow as a community, and have included them in this document as a strategic plan.
We understand that plans like this evolve over time, but In Sha Allah, this will serve as a good starting point with a vision that is simple yet inspiring, a strategy that is broad yet understandable, and goals that are difficult yet achievable, for a community that is united.
We hope you enjoy reading this document, and we invite you to actively participate in making this plan a reality.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact any member of the Board of Directors at BOD@icoi.net
Wassalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatu Allahi wa Barakatuh
ICOI Board of Directors
The Islamic Center of Irvine Strategic Plan (2015)
Mission (as stated in the bylaws):
Facilitate the practice, education, and dissemination of information about Islam in the United States of America. The sources of Islam are the Holy Quran and the Sunnah (the non-controversially relayed tradition of Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon him).
Establish an Islamic Community Environment based on the model of the community of the Prophet (PBUh), to exemplify the best of character by contributing to the neighborhoods in which we live, through intense attention to the spiritual, educational, and material needs of our unified community, in a transparent, inclusive, and equitable manner.
1) Establish a governance structure that engages the community, provides effective oversight to the organizational structure, and is flexible enough to self-correct over a time period that spans multiple generations of congregants.
2) Develop and deploy programs and services through four flexible vehicles:
Community Assistance programs to address material needs
Community engagement platforms that encourage participation by different segments of the community (age, gender, ethnicity)
Educational programs in targeted areas
Religious programs and services focused on learning, practicing, and growing
Establish Structures, Processes, and Resources over the next 36 months capable of supporting the vision for 3G (three generations). This is defined as addressing the needs of three concurrent generations of congregants (grandparents, parents, children), as well as allowing the mission and vision to be supported for at least three generations of congregants (100 years).
– Governance structure that engages the community
– Organizational structure that supports the four vehicles for program and service development and deployment
– Transparent, inclusive and equitable policies
– Professional Resources and Management
– World Class Volunteer Management
– People: self-sufficient staff and committed volunteers capable of supporting the vision, and developing and deploying programs and services through each of the four vehicles
– Physical: capacity for 3G congregants
– Financial: operating model that supports at least 50% of operating expenses through recurring revenue streams and endowments
Prioritized Action Plan (36 months):
Hire RD (Religious Director)
Establish the organizational structure (councils) for Community Assistance, Community Engagement, Education, and Religious programs and services
Establish membership/elections to engage the community in governance
Start fundraising for additional site
Start development of programs and services through the Council structure
Identify additional site/space
Demonstrate new financial model that can also be used at new site
Hold elections and start evolution towards new governance model
Start deployment of programs and services through the Council structure
Hire ARD (Assistant Religious Director)
Close fundraising and purchase site if adequate funds raised
Start operating under new bylaws
Hire one of ED (Executive Director), YMD (Young Muslims Director), or GC (Guidance Counselor)
Start site modifications if funds are sufficient
Hire next of ED, YMD, or GC if funds available
Complete modifications of additional site if purchased