IANDS's mission is to advance global understanding of near-death experiences and related experiences through research, education, and support. Our vision is a future in which all people embrace near-death experiences and related experiences as a source of meaning and inspiration for a better world. The strategic plan describes how this mission will be implemented over the coming year, with specific goals and strategies for each of the three major functions of our mission.
Each year the plan is revised by the IANDS Board of Directors with input from many people including IANDS members, working committee participants, experiencers, and other interested individuals. Strategic plans are not static; they are most useful if they are updated periodically to reflect changing circumstances and opportunities. For examples, we have already accomplished many items in the current plan and are working hard on others, learning as we move forward. We are committed to an annual planning process where we take into account our progress, solicit input from our members, and evaluate our priorities.
In addition to human resources, IANDS will need significant funding to implement these important strategies. As outlined in the current plan, we have been working hard to increase membership which provides the bulk of our operating funds. To supplement that we are rapidly expanding the educational products and services, "fee for services," that we provide. We also are working on the infrastructure to receive planned gifts and will be fundraising for various objectives through grant proposals and constituent appeals.
Please let us have your input and any resources – time and/or funds – that will help us accomplish our mission and vision.
2022 Strategic Goals:
1. Improve visitors' experience and engagement on IANDS's website. (Examples: create new modern design and content changes on website, appoint a Website Content Manager).
2. Enhance educational outreach. (Examples: complete generic NDE PowerPoint, increase campus outreach and establishment of sharing groups, market 2021 Symposium to nurses for remaining year of CE-granting capacity)
3. Enhance organization functions and customer service. (Examples: revise bylaws, improve conference proposal submission process, make hiring and volunteer appoinments including bookkeeper, office admin assistant, ISGO data clerk, Marketing Committee chair, Development & Membership Committee chair, Media Committee Chair, and back-up graphics volunteers)
4. Increase IANDS's publications. (Example: produce second edition of The Self Does Not Die)