Is it time to write or revise your mission statement? The following outline will give you a start on getting all your ideas down and working toward those few, but important, words you need.
What is a Mission Statement?
A mission statement is a philosophical statement about the human or societal situation your organization addresses.
How Will a Good Mission Statement Help Your Organization?
If used well, it will:
Educate you, newcomers, volunteers and the community
Tell you what you need to do to thrive and
Help you evaluate and initiate activities and set priorities for the investment of your limited resources
This last item is often the most critical. For example, in the midst of a decision-making process ask, “Which choice brings us closer to achieving our mission? Why?” When resources are limited, you can use the mission statement in this way to help you say “no” to interesting but off-target opportunities.
Questions to Ask While Developing a Mission Statement
Select some of the following questions to ask during a mission statement session:
Why do we exist? Why do we do what we do?
What about this organization is
If the organization didn’t exist, what would the world miss?
What do we want to achieve?
To what needs does this group respond?
Why did you join this group?
The Nature Conservancy
To preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and water they need to survive.
The Salvation Army
To make citizens of the rejected.
Christian Congregation (with thanks to George Villa)
To know Christ and make Christ known.
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