Tuesday, April 3, 2012

mis•sion (noun) \ˈmi-shən\

A mission is a: a specific task with which a person or a group is charged, b: a pre-established, and often self-imposed, objective or purpose.


The ever-present mission statement. Every organization has one.  Maybe even every organization needs one.  But, why?  Because mission statements guide.  They inspire.  They advertise what an organization stands for.  And, they differentiate one organization from every other.
Target

But, most importantly, mission statements serve as a target.  Yes, a target, as in a bulls-eye.

They provide a direction in which you aim for, shoot for, try to hit directly.  Targets are important.  Why?  Because without them you’ll never know if you’re making progress or how accurate the progress is that you’re making.
 

John Collin’s, in his book Good to Great, refers to the real target in his Hedgehog Concept.

Each April the Community Foundation begins a new fiscal year.  Thus, our target for the new year is crucial.  The team here at the Community Foundation is deeply passionate about Grant County.  We believe we can be the best in the world at improving the quality of life right here where we live.  We know that the more our economic engine is primed, the more impact we can make.  So, we use our mission, as all quality organizations should, to guide and direct decisions…all of our decisions.
This is why the mission of the Community Foundation of Grant County has always been “to enhance an improved quality of life in Grant County”.  And, this is why each and every decision we make aims directly for that target area.  Just like you, we want what’s best for the place we live, work, play, and worship. 
We do this by continuing to increase endowed assets. The more endowed assets we hold, the more we can distribute to the Grant County community annually.  Currently the Foundation holds nearly $18M in endowed assets and distributes nearly $2M via grants and scholarships annually.

We rely on the generosity of the citizens in our community to help us hit this target each and every year.  If you have an idea of how the Grant County community can improve our quality of life, contact us.  Perhaps you could start a family fund or a fund to support a specific cause in which you are particularly passionate.  You could help us boost our number of funds to over 300 and help us help others.

No matter what the idea, if you have an arrow that can help us hit our target, call us, Facebook, us, tweet us, email us.  Whatever works for you, just contact us in some way, so we can work together to make it happen.  So, as Sitting Bull once said, “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”
Peace and Blessings,
Dawn
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