I am writing to you regarding a significant program change at because I said I would. As you may know, our Adult Chapter program started in the summer of 2016 – in response to people’s expressed interest in being involved with our movement at a local level. Six Adult Chapters were created with the mission of keeping promises to help people in need, while also helping our members become stronger individuals and citizens through personal development.
Initially, the interest in these Adult Chapters was quite strong. Over time, however, attendance began to taper off and finding and retaining volunteer leaders became increasingly difficult – both of which are essential to running the Chapters. Unfortunately, since Chapters are critically dependent on participants, low membership (sometimes only a few people attending) previously led to the closure of three of our original six chapters.
As a response to declining attendance because I said I would headquarters made several efforts to strengthen this program. We hired more staff, increased budget, created more volunteer training, gave local recruitment speeches, and executed other initiatives. Ultimately, these efforts were not effective at increasing turnout. In fact, recent Adult Chapter events have often seen single digit attendance.
It is every nonprofit’s responsibility to build efficient and cost-effective programs. When we fall short of this obligation, we must hold ourselves accountable. With a heavy heart, that is what we must do now.
We have made the decision to close our remaining three Adult Chapters. Our final Adult Chapter Meetups will take place in July. I know this decision deeply disappoints many of our Adult Chapter members. I want to personally apologize to you for my shortfalls as CEO. I still have big dreams for what a revival of our Adult Chapters could be one day. For right now, however, we will invest our resources into High School Chapters which appear to have strong momentum at this time. In addition to our existing three High School Chapters, we are in the process of selecting partner schools and opening at least three more High School Chapters for the 2018-2019 school year.
I realize the closure of the Adult Chapters may come as a shock and I certainly want to provide an opportunity for you to give feedback. Our Director of Chapter Programs and Training, Chris Smithhisler, and I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com respectively. If you have any questions or thoughts to share, please let us know.
It is my hope that many of you will continue your commitment to community volunteerism through other organizations. Volunteermatch.org offers a listing of opportunities in your area. Additionally, because I said I would will continue to create personal development content that will be available to you on our website. The journey doesn’t have to end here.
Last but most certainly not least, I cannot thank you enough for your time and sacrifice.To all of our Adult Chapter members, please know that your efforts in your community did make a difference. We fed the homeless, made blankets for babies born addicted to heroin, cleaned trash from our parks and so much more. I encourage you to look at some of the projects we have done over the past 24 months and take pride in the impact of your promises kept. Our work was not in vain. Indeed the lessons we learned from our Adult Chapters will greatly benefit the students in our future High School Chapters. Thank you for laying the groundwork for the next generation.
Founder of because I said I would