Organizing our Support
If you are able and willing to help with any of these four committees, please sign up!
The last week has made it clear that we have an army of supporters, ready and waiting for marching orders. In order for our group to succeed, we will need to structure ourselves in a way that most efficiently utilizes the skill sets of those willing to help.
After last Wednesday's alumni zoom, it was evident that we needed to start smaller and then build up. On Thursday we formed an Advisory Board that went to work creating a strategy and framework to move forward. As we scale up, this initial group may give way to more qualified individuals as they emerge from within our broader group of alumni and supporters.
In developing our organizational structure, we created four dedicated committees, each with Advisory Board members serving as co-chairs, to focus on areas that will be critical to our success:
This group will be tasked with developing the narrative around why the decision to remove wrestling as a varsity sport should be reversed. It will dissect the university's open letter points, formulate a general argument for keeping wrestling, identify key talking points, and develop and articulate a final proposed solution.
We look at this group as the executive team within the organization. In some way, all other committees will take direction from Strategy in carrying out their missions. This group will bring skill and expertise in organizing and leading large groups of people, and will also include researchers, data collectors and fact-finders. While we envision a fairly flat organization overall as we all work toward the same goal, this group will dictate our direction as necessary.
An essential component of our mission will be raising the funds necessary to fully endow all aspects of the varsity wrestling team. It has become clear that this is non-negotiable. We are looking for people who have experience in fundraising and development. They will be able to identify key donors and tailor the ask to their audience.
Accounting, legal, and corporate compliance experience will also be highly valued in this group. It will need to create a system for us to accept large dollar and small dollar donations and pledges from the ground up.
We anticipate that most if not all of our key donors will come from within the Stanford Wrestling community. If you have significant giving capability, now is the time to step up. If we don't answer the call now, there won't be a next time.
Members of this committee will be asked to utilize their networks to identify potential allies outside the immediate Stanford Wrestling community. Invaluable allies will possess significant political/financial/personal influence with key Stanford decision makers. Using those relationships, this group will be charged with determining the key drivers behind the initial decision and convincing the decision makers that it is worthwhile to find a better solution.
The most attractive candidates for this committee will have an extensive professional and personal network. They will also have strong organizational and communication skills--particularly verbal communication as we envision a great deal of the work will take place offline. Charisma would be helpful, but the willingness to request that others stand with them for the cause will be critical.
This group will establish and maintain internal communication within our base of alumni and supporters as well as external communication to the general public via our website and social media channels. It will take talking points from Strategy and craft them into stories and social media campaigns to get our message in front of a larger audience. Volunteers with writing, graphic design, and video editing skills will be needed.
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