We held a Board retreat for the New England Historic Genealogical Society this glorious fall week at the historic, (and some say) haunted Colonial Inn in Concord, MA. During the retreat we launched discussion around updating our strategic plan, a discipline (despite all the noise about strategic plans being dead) that has been extraordinarily beneficial to the Society over the last two decades.
This is mostly because, also in the last decade, good ol' traditional genealogy has gone digital, global and Hollywood, been IPO'd and social-networked, and today has some of its largest players giving away content for free. It's like Alex Haley's Roots on a six pack of Red Bull. The upshot is that non-profit players have either reinvented their business models, or they've simply given up and gone away. Unfortunately, there are more examples of the latter than the former.