It’s hard to believe that 2009 is quickly coming to a close. The year began much like 2008 ended—frightfully. Many of us wished that we could go to sleep and wake up back in 2007 or maybe in 2011, but that certainly wasn’t the strategy followed here at the ISC. Although we faced many of the same challenges over the past 12 months as other nonprofit organizations, and we continue to struggle through the continuing effects of those challenges, we did not rest or retreat in 2009. Rather, we pressed forward with excellence in our programming and looked forward to building our future.
Heading into 2010, we are determined to continue strengthening and expanding the ISC. We will do this in many ways. First, through the growth of our existing programming. In 2010, we will publish another 10 outstanding issues of Sculpture magazine, host our April 2010 conference in London, celebrate our 2010 Lifetime Achievement and Student Awards, and pay tribute to John Henry and his contributions to the ISC. Along the way, we will create more membership benefits and continue the redevelopment of the ISC’s Web site, providing a more dynamic, user-friendly experience while adding new features such as blogs, webinars, and improved members-only areas. Second, through continued board development, ensuring a stable of dedicated volunteers to help steer the ISC into the future. Third, through even greater financial stability, as we explore the establishment of the ISC’s first endowment. Finally, we will continue to expand and grow stronger by embarking on a thoughtful strategic planning process that will ensure that we are focused not only on continuing our existing programming excellence but also on envisioning what the ISC can and should be over the next several years.
None of this, of course, will come easily, especially at a time of economic distress, declining advertising, and falling donations. A great deal of credit and thanks is owed to our wonderful staff and interns whose commitment to the ISC is unwavering. They work tirelessly every day, all year long, to bring the ISC’s programs to fruition and to ensure the flawless and beautiful publication of Sculpture. Gratitude is also due to our dedicated board whose members provide the ISC with their wisdom, guidance, and, of course, their financial support throughout the year.
Notwithstanding the ISC’s relative stability and intention to look forward, we have not been immune to the economic crisis of the past year. Thus, like many organizations, the ISC will be counting on a successful annual appeal to meet budgetary needs. In order to help stimulate that effort, the ISC’s board and staff are organizing a matching grant for this year’s annual appeal. More information is in our annual appeal letter, and I am thrilled to announce that 100% of our staff have already made pledges to the 2009 annual appeal.
I encourage you to match their enthusiasm, give what you can to the annual appeal, and help make sure that the ISC enters the future better and stronger than ever.
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors
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