In meeting these objectives, the OBA expects to achieve a number of benefits for the Association as a whole, individual members, and Bancroft's School. The most notable of these is the provision of an easily accessible and effective focal point for all Old Bancroftians, worldwide. This will help to enable a stronger, more active community.
This should lead to the following, more specific benefits:
| ||Increased awareness of and interest in the activities of the Association and its affiliates. |
| ||Increased participation in these activities. |
This includes OBs making there views known through the discussions board so that the Officers of the Association can have a clearer idea of what OBs want from the Association.
| ||Diversification of activities. |
The community can potentially form new interest group as a result of improved communication and promotion on the site
| ||Reduced costs of production and dissemination of information. |
OBs can opt to use The Bancroftians' Network with its extensive communications services as their main source of information or they can choose to continue to receive a periodic News letter. The OBA expects that the vast majority of OBs will opt exclusively for electronic communications.
| ||Improved two-way communication with the membership |
The OBA management can more easily provide information and canvas the views of the wider membership on matters of direct interest to the OBA and its members
| ||Identification and accessibility of available resources. |
Using the website, OBA Officers can access information and tap resources from within the membership in order to help the Association and the School
Being able to contact OBs quickly by email has already had a significant impact. OBA posts that need to be filled can be advertised immediately, and events like the annual Careers Forum at the school can be publicised effectively. For the latter, for example, when the event was first introduced 60 OBs had offered their services within a few days.
| ||Improved accuracy and currency of membership records. |
Members can log on to the site and update their own record directly.
Making their personal details accessible in this way, potentially improves accuracy of membership records. It also reduces the amount of administrative work involved for all concerned. In practice, there are several other ways in which administration time and cost are minimised.
| ||Easy ways for members to contact each other. |
It is easy to lose contact. We leave School and disperse. A meeting place on the Internet gives us all the possibility to make and maintain contact easily.
At this site an OB can find other OBs, and contact them using either published email addresses directly or using the site as proxy. This latter mechanism enables OBs who wish, to protect their privacy more closely to still be in contact.