"As someone has stated recently, why all the guess-work?
Why doesn't JFNA simply poll all the member federations, asking them for the 5 (or pay a consultant to determine the correct number....just kidding) Top Priorities that will drive their local federation's mission statements for the next 10-15 years (mission statements do change from time to time, particularly when Strategic Plans are adopted)?
And, most importantly, make the results public so everyone can see the results.
Then JFNA can use those results as a guide for their relevance to their stakeholders.
Everyone will see what the system wants/needs.....no guesswork, finger-pointing, etc.
Then based on the results, JFNA will be forced to 1) Keep the status quo, 2) Restructure (at either a lower or maybe even higher annual budget), 3) Shut the doors."
These are, of course, excellent and seemingly simple suggestions. But they presume that JFNA leaders have any interest whatsoever in asking the federations for these kinds of input. What we have seen the past 9 years is a JFNA wholly in the thrall of itself; it has been and continues to be about itself and only about itself -- not about the federations, not about the donors. And, in being about itself, JFNA believes in is own relevance...to itself...even though it isn't even that.
When the merger went forward, this excellent suggestion of federation prioritization was exactly what many of us believed would happen, what the federations would demand and to which JFNA would be responsive. But, no. Instead, distracted by shiny objects -- personal vendettas, the so-called "Global Planning Table," TribeFests, "Strategic Initiatives" and others -- JFNA , its leaders without a clue as to what federations wanted or needed -- turned inward and became more and more about itself and nothing else.
The JFNA Budget which could tell federations about JFNA's priorities is but a farcical fiction -- 50% for FRD!!?? Does anyone -- even those inside JFNA, even the CFO, really believe that? Expand Consulting Services? Where is the staffing that would be respected by the communities who are themselves hiring expert consultants, most of whom worked at one time for either JFNA or the federations?
I endorse the Commentator's ideas as set forth above. Do you think anyone...anyone...at JFNA would even understand them?