Young Naturists America Is Closing In 2017 😢❤️ #itsallaboutthelove #youngnaturistsamerica #yna (lean more at www.yna.me link in bio) (at New York, New York)
Young Naturists: Many start-up businesses have difficulty making it through the 1st year, so it is indeed remarkable #YNA continued for 7 yrs. and did so many thoughtful and diligent things for the Naturist community in America! Supporting a philosophical, ethical and social movement is all about renewal through education and perpetuation, and I feel YNA must have accomplished some of that! Also, regardless of the formal status of an organization, sustaining any effort beyond covering basic expenses means determining the daily operating costs, finding any surplus and then investing it. The investment then becomes a “member” also and will grow and thrive just as any flesh and blood member, but this is not an easy concept and there are risks involved and even large organizations with many members fail to survive as expenses mount or member-based resources diminish.
As a #YNA outsider, a fan but also a person of minimal resources and almost no surplus funds over the past 7 years, I completely understand the challenges of sustaining an effort similar to yours, but have never managed a full blown business myself; I have mostly been a worker and less often a manager or leader of a group. If #YNA has made it this far, I cannot help but wonder what assets of the organization exist? Is there a membership list? Has it grown or shrunk, how much churn is there month over month? Are there any other assets at all to speak of? Maybe I am thinking of things in an overly traditional or dated fashion, but it seems even non-profit and charitable organization must know the daily costs, plan for expenses and manage a growth rate necessary to sustain operations, and if this fails to happen then the organization will eventually fail no matter how amazing its intentions and efforts!
The alternative organizational model is to create a “template” of values, a mission statement, some Q&A documents, an FAQ (or similar) and maybe an “ad hoc” agenda for growth, attracting members or replicating itself as a package so that its growth becomes unrestrained or unrestricted by conventional requirements (business model rules and ideas). However, even this is only an unproven idea, a concept, and maybe its only sustainable or possible in my imagination, I can admit that and would ask current #YNA leaders, what things they imagine might have been done better? I only ask this because there is value in experience as well, both good experience and bad, happy and sad, wins and losses, and perhaps the value of some of this has been overlooked? Perhaps there is bottomline stuff to be shared with the current audience of YNA members, supporters and fans that can now be “replicated” or packaged and become a part of the future growth kit it needs to continue existing unfettered!
As traditional businesses fail left and right, downsize, outsource or go to a “on demand” labor, many, many operations are being forced to examine their values, methods, resources and commitment. The new millennium appears to be changing more than attitudes, politics, beliefs and revenue streams, the new millennium is impacting everything! Entire state economies with millions of revenue participants are being forced to consider new ways of reducing expenses and generating revenue; some of which are “state managed”, some joint public-private ventures, and a few are wholly independent businesses BUT even those are incentivized to open, relocate, grow or stay. If YNA has a thousand members and no outside group has offered to assist in sustaining it, maybe it there is a chance asking for grants would aid in determining the next iteration it will morph into and become. I hope we continue hearing from everyone central to YNA as #YNAalumni or #YNAgen1 and that its best collective voice will continue!