Mission and Goals
For a wide variety of additional sample statements and other resources, search NCFP’s Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center.
Giving families come to recognize that a mission statement can and should be more than simply rhetoric. Mission clarity correlates with a clearer program, more grantmaking vitality, and better successor development. A strong and understood mission contributes to better family collaboration, greater likelihood of continuity, more next generation enthusiasm, and a positive family dynamic.
Whether it’s a crisp declaration of a family’s shared values or a succinct manifesto for social change, a well written mission statement goes a long way to providing the kind of clarity of vision your giving family needs to be effective.
This worksheet, developed by The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, offers key questions to consider and a quick option for developing a draft mission statement. How have you given to charity in the past? What, if anything, would you like to do differently?
Articulating your goals for your philanthropy via a mission statement can be an invaluable first step. This publication helps donors think through seven key questions related to developing a charitable mission statement.
Have you asked these questions: Why is our family involved in philanthropy? What impact do we hope to see in our families through this work?
Since its creation in 2001, The Brinson Foundation has focused in the areas of education and scientific research in order to create a world where all people are valued and committed to improving the world in which we live.
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