Strengthening the Foundation of SDED
These four objectives ensure that SDED continues to grow and strengthen. The stronger we are, the more able SDED is to realize its other priority Objectives.
- Create and Utilize an Advisory Board -- Chartered in 2014, the Advisory Board begins work in January 2015. Their efforts will make all SDED efforts smarter and more effective.
- Expand the Business Membership Program -- Businesses throughout the San Diego region have a lot at stake in the drive for Community Choice. SDGE rates have increased steadily since 2013, with another increase of 13% to hit in mid-2015. That pattern of continued increase places all businesses at risk - faced with expenses rising at rates easily exceeding their margins of profitability. To support a better approach, Join SDED. The CCA programs in Marin and Sonoma Counties (see CCA Developments) show vividly that Community Choice can make a huge difference for businesses.
- Complete the 2013 SD County Community Enhancement Grant -- In summer 2013, SDED was honored with a Community Enhancement Grant from San Diego County awarded through the offices of Supervisor Dave Roberts. The grant recognized SDED's dedicated education on community clean energy choice and awarded $5,000 for website, marketing/public education and "sustained outreach...on Community Choice Aggregation". This support has made possible the complete redesign and rebuilding of SDED's website and web-based educational efforts.
- Complete a Financial Plan for SDED -- SDED has a lot of "assets" in its growing number of members and volunteers. To ensure stability over time, however, any non-profit must look to a balance of revenue sources: grants, donations, memberships and possibly services, all in support of the tax-exempt "public purpose". 2015's Financial Plan will set targets for each revenue area, to ensure a strong financial Foundation under every SDED activity.