Mission and vision statements
- Chapter 6 in Grobman, An Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector1
- James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras, “Building Your Company’s Vision”2
Written response question
Do you think that in practice, a mission statement can ever be truly effective in constraining the expansion of activities of a nonprofit organization? Why or why not? (Answer in ≈150 words.)
Possible mission, vision, and values guidelines
Here’s a rubric I use for evaluating the mission/vision/values statements of nonprofits. You might find it helpful when developing your own organization’s mission and vision.
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Gary M. Grobman, An Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector: A Practical Approach for the Twenty-First Century, 6th ed. (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: White Hat Communications, 2021). ↩︎
James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras, “Building Your Company’s Vision,” Harvard Business Review 74, no. 5 (1996): 65–77. ↩︎