5-year Strategic Plan
The Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire (BCNH) is a young and vibrant ethnic community-based organization formed in May of 2009 with the mission, “to consistently and effectively provide excellent, satisfactory and accessible community services to all Bhutanese communities resettled and in the process of resettling in New Hampshire.” These services help Bhutanese families in New Hampshire to obtain the basic resources, community based services, and dissemination of information related to various jobs, skills, and health trainings to build a productive and self-sufficient Bhutanese community in the state. In its first 4-5 years, the organization has gained 501(c) 3 status, developed a mission statement and objectives that are written into the organization’s by-laws, and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support programs. BCNH currently serves 1700 clients annually with 19 part- or full-time staff members and a wide volunteer base.
However, the organization lacks an overall strategic plan and several factors – with a projected decrease in funding as a key catalyst – indicate that BCNH is facing a critical decision-making period in its near future and will have to make priorities regarding its diversification of services in the next 5 years. At the present time, the majority of BCNH’s services are oriented towards refugees. The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement provides a range of assistance to refugees during their first 5 years in the United States, but after 5 years, individuals cease to be eligible for most refugee-focused state and federal funds. Furthermore, New Hampshire is home to a variety of other small ethnic community-based organizations that are often in competition with each other for limited funds. This presents both a challenge and an opportunity that BCNH has evaluated and is responding to as part of its strategic planning process. [read more]