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NONPROFIT MISSION, VISION, & VALUES Edit

WHY? Edit

  • A big part of strategic planning is figuring out vision, mission and values
  • By thinking strategically, you can have greater awareness as a nonprofit of who you are, what you do, and why you do it
  • This awareness can help point your nonprofit in the right direction and guide your team in making sound decisions
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VISION Edit

  • 'A vision statement says what the organization wishes to be like in some years’ time. It’s usually drawn up by senior management, in an effort to take the thinking beyond day-to-day activity in a clear, memorable way.'[1]
  • Thus, the vision is aspirational and normative - what we want to be or the outcome we want to bring about in the future
  • Career Skills Incubator's vision: 'boundless empowerment'

MISSION Edit

  • 'Mission describes what business the organization is in (and what it isn’t) both now and projecting into the future. Its aim is to provide focus for management and staff. A consulting firm might define its mission by the type of work it does, the clients it caters to, and the level of service it provides.'[1]
  • Put simply, the mission statement is the reply to the question : 'what do we do?'
  • CSCI's mission: 'we empower the un(der)employed to develop skills for their dream careers'

VALUES Edit

  • 'Values describe the desired culture. As Coca-Cola puts it, they serve as a behavioral compass. Coke’s values include having the courage to shape a better future, leveraging collective genius, being real, and being accountable and committed.'[1]
  • Values are shared beliefs that underpin the nonprofit's culture
  • CSCI's values: EMPOWERMENT; FUN; SELF IMPROVEMENT; WORK/LIFE BALANCE; HEALTH; INCLUSIVITY; ACCESSIBILITY; DIVERSITY; COLLABORA- TION; FEEDBACK; SUSTAINABILITY; COMMUNITY; FLEXIBILITY; INITIATIVE

QUESTIONS TO MAKE YOU THINK Edit

  1. Do you believe defining vision, mission, and values is worth the effort? Why or why not?
  2. Thinking about your nonprofit idea, what are some values you'd want in your organization?
  3. How would you frame your own 'vision statement' for the Canadian nonprofit sector? Can you do it in 3 words or less?

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 https://hbr.org/2014/09/your-companys-purpose-is-not-its-vision-mission-or-values/
Additional Resources

CSCI Deck on Nonprofit Mission, Vision, and Values

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