Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Why Bother With a Mission Statement? - Philanthropy.com


Thanks to Philanthropy.com's article, "Why Bother With a Mission Statement?," for connecting us to this great blog:

The Nonprofiteer: Of metrics and mission, and a modest proposal

The basic idea is "that every nonprofit agency spend an hour writing a mission statement in the following form: We do [activity] so that [result will occur]."

I liked the way the Dr. Jeverley R. Cook of the Communities Foundation of Texas put it to me when I first entered the field: “We do the work that the government would have to do otherwise.”

I also liked the way that Larry James expresses his thoughts on the mission of Central Dallas Ministries in light of this article: "We craft friendships with the poor because we understand true wealth."

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