Dances of Universal Peace International
Mission Statement, Goals and Budget
Dances of Universal Peace International was founded in 1982 to make the living legacy of the Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Concentrations available to the world. It is a public-benefit non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, funded largely from Leaders Guild fees, and administered by an Executive Director and other part-time staff.
Our Mission follows, along with brief descriptions of the core operations in each of the three mission areas:
1) To support the work of the Guidance Council,
• Providing administrative and financial resources to support work of the Guidance Council in carrying
out its responsibilities for:
o guiding leaders and mentors by encouraging their spiritual expansion and personal development
o supporting learning opportunities
o setting guidelines for certification and for mentor acknowledgements
o recognizing mentors, and
o upholding standards of conduct and human relationship that are in keeping with the mission of
the Dances of Universal Peace.
2) To provide resources and support for members of the Leaders Guild;
• Maintaining and continuing to enhance a highly functional website in multiple languages containing
key resources to support Dance leaders and mentors who are Leaders Guild members.
• Administering the Leaders Guild and extending services to the community of mentors and leaders in
support of the Dance leader’s journey.
• Linking and informing Leaders Guild members through semi-annual e-newsletter communications,
and sponsoring an e-group as a forum for discussion about matters related to Dance leading.
3) To link the worldwide community of participants in the Dances.
• Maintaining a multi-lingual website providing general information about the Dances of Universal
Peace and links to all regional Dance-related websites and resources world wide.
• Maintaining communication with the leadership of Dance Regions through telephone conferences,
email, and regular e-newsletters.
Key accomplishments in 2016 included:
- Continued implementation of multi-year organization development plan developed in 2014.
- Completed orientation with support for the new Executive Director
- Implemented the Leaders Guild Fee increase to $36; this included special billing to those with recurring fee payments to have them cancel existing payment of $30 and create a new payment of $36
- Set up and began a Portuguese language version of the website http://dancesofuniversalpeace.org. The website is now online in English, Spanish, German, Russian, Dutch and Portuguese.
- Added 24 Dance write-ups to the English Dance Library, and 13 to the German library.
- Provided fee support to 78 leaders who had financial hardship in paying their Leaders Guild fees.
- Prepared letters of contact to all Russian dance leaders and mentors of Russian leaders, reworded the Russian welcome letter and added one from the Guidance Council and updated fee support information available in Russian, with the aim of improving dialogue with this part of our family
- Produced, translated and distributed the revised Leader Guidelines in each language (including in Portuguese for the first time), and two e-newsletters in five of six languages.
- Held four telecom meetings of the DUP International Board of Directors, and seven meetings of the administrative committee.
- Partially funded and held one in-body meeting of the Guidance Council in conjunction with the Jamiat Khas gathering.
- Made the Dances of Universal Peace International Facebook Group consistent in design with the website and developed posts to the group.
- Added a column to display mobile phone numbers where provided, in the My Info section of the website, and made plans for invoicing fees by mobile phone.
Goals and Activities for 2017
In addition to our core activities above, the DUP International Board of Directors adopted the following goals for 2017:
- increase the number of dance write-ups in more of the languages supported by DUP International.
- continue to expand the resources available to support the transmission of the dances in languages other than English.
- Set up conversations facilitated by BOD and staff members at camps and retreats giving information and receiving feedback on our activities, priorities and plans.
- continue to review how we can best communicate across our dance leader family.
- anticipate and apply technological developments for the benefit of our community.
- develop a more in-depth understanding of the context and profile of dance-leading in each part of the world, to build on our multi-national strengths.
- update the photo gallery on the website.
- continue to collect leaders’ mobile phone numbers.
Dances of Universal Peace International