Mission Statement

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SEE ALSO: Bylaws

SEE ALSO: Strategic Plan

SEE ALSO: Value Statements

The mission statement communicates the nonprofit's purpose, what groups it serves, and how it plans to do so. For a new nonprofit, developing the mission statement is a critical first step in defining what the organization plans to do and what makes it different from other organizations in the same field.

Good mission statements should be clear, memorable, concise.

Resources

TopNonprofits.com: 50 Example Mission Statements

Stanford Social Innovation: The Eight Word Mission Statement

Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations: Should Mission Statements be Promises?

Idealist.org: What Should a Nonprofit Mission Statement Say?