Nonprofit Mission Statements – Good and Bad Examples

Off the top of your head, what’s your mission statement? Don’t cheat. Don’t look. …that’s what we thought. Most of us probably don’t have any idea. Sadly, for 99% of us, no one outside of our nonprofit knows what our mission statement is either, because it just isn’t that memorable. But you can avoid that fate if you take some time to learn from your peers. Let’s analyze, in-depth, some good and bad examples of nonprofit mission statements. But first, let’s chat about why your mission statement is useful in the first place.

The Attributes of Good and Bad Mission Statements

good and bad nonprofit mission statements chart

Your mission statement is a way of summing up your nonprofit to the outside world.

In many ways, a mission statement is a kind of PR move: a way to position your organization as memorable and unique. What’s the one thing you want your organization to be known for in the world? More importantly, what’s the message that already resonates with your donors and true fans?

The 3 Pivotal Elements of a Great Mission Statement

mission statement elements 1. A Cause or Who You Serve (What matters? Who is important?) 2. An Action (What are you doing?) 3. A Result (What change can you see?) These three elements unite the best mission statements, and typically, ONLY these elements. (Though often, one or more element is only implied.) Nonprofits like to make their mission statements complex, but the truth is complexity doesn’t make something valuable. That’s why these three elements are so useful: this is YOUR nonprofit, distilled to its essence. It’s a little elevator pitch: it’s not supposed to tell everything about your nonprofit. It’s supposed to get people interested in hearing more.

The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Ok, this is what you’re really here for. Let’s look at mission statements from well-known organizations.

charity:water:

We’re a nonprofit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

Verdict: This happens to be a really great mission statement: it is simple, emotional and contains all three elements: charity water mission statement analysis There’s a problem. There’s hope. The nonprofit is the solution, but only if YOU, the potential donor—help us out.

Springboard for the Arts:

“Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. Our work is about building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, and we believe that artists are an important leverage point in that work. Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life.”

Verdict: Rework. This is a cause we can really get behind–using art to build vibrant communities. Awesome! But wouldn’t the mission be clearer if it wasn’t so long? A few of these sentences could be combined into a killer, inspiring mission statement–which could also be tweetable!

Nike

Just do it.

Verdict: Brilliant. Nike just did it. You’re inspired to go buy some sneakers and use that gym membership now, aren’t you? Same here.

The Women’s Center

The mission of The Women’s Center is to improve significantly the psychological, career, financial and legal well being of women, men, couples and families, regardless of their ability to pay.

Verdict: Rework. While this statement brims with goodwill, its language is so expansive it’s difficult to tell what The Women’s Center actually does on a daily basis, or whom they serve. Very little about this statement inspires action–because you aren’t sure what action there is to take! They’re doing something awesome, but I don’t know what. Keep it simple folks!

5 Quick Tests For Your Mission Statement

  1. Say It Out Loud This alone tells you a lot about your statement. Is it easy to say? Does it roll off the tongue? Or are you bored before you finish saying it?
  2. Memory Tell a friend or employee your statement or have them read it out loud. Talk about something unrelated for a minute. Then ask them to tell you the statement again. If they can’t get it close, you have more work to do.
  3. Crowdsource Find multiple people who don’t know your cause and have them evaluate your statement. Do they get it? Do several people (whose opinions you respect) have similar suggestions for changes?
  4. When Can You Shut Your Doors? Look at your mission statement. Based on this statement, when will your nonprofit declare “mission accomplished?” Is there a clear end point where you’ll be able to happily disband your nonprofit and have an epic party, because you’ve succeeded? If you don’t have an end goal, your mission might be too vague.
  5. “You too?” If someone could read your mission statement and say, “You too?” your mission statement is too broad. Refine it. Your organization does (or should) have something no other organization offers. What is it?

The Most Important Thing to Remember

The most important thing to remember… is that your mission statement isn’t enough. It’s easy to set sexy goals for your organization, create a nonprofit strategy and then never stop planning. At the end of the day, what matters most is taking action. You have a mission. Now go accomplish it. If you need more help, use our guide to writing a mission statement in one hour. 

Post your mission statement in the comments below – let’s critique our statements together. Hint: Use the 5 Quick Tests above, and look at the opening chart. Do you pass? Do you need to revise your statement? Let’s all work together to craft awesome statements. 

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  • Radian

    Radian provides professional and technical assistance in the support of the development and implementation of community initiatives that directly improve the built environment, livability and sustainability in underserved neighborhoods.

    I think I failed, to long and jargony…..

    • Marc Koenig

      Thanks for sharing and being brutally honest with yourself. It takes guts to say “the way we’re talking about our mission isn’t getting people excited!” rather than “I guess this is fine.”

      How can you take the jargon down a notch or two? Who are you really serving, simply? What are you doing? How does the world change?

      Note: we usually start out with way too many words, so I’d actually encourage that. Put it all out on the page. Then cut back one word at a time to get to the core message. Thanks for sharing.

  • Andrew M

    “Children’s Home: Giving children a childhood and future by protecting them, teaching them and healing them, and by building strong communities and loving families.”

    I think it’s a bit vague and definitely too long, but I kind of inherited it from my predecessors. The abbreviated version used more commonly in letters and newsletters is “Giving children a childhood and future,” which is concise and easy to remember but doesn’t really cover the “how.”

    • Marc Koenig

      I think your self-assessment is on the money. “Giving children a childhood and future” is nice and succinct but more details would give it urgency.

      “Protecting, educating and sheltering the families of the Y community to give our children a childhood and a future.”
      “Giving our children a childhood and a future by sheltering, educating and protecting the families of Y.”

      I’m drawing a blank, but maybe this will help you get started. I’m starting to think “giving our children a childhood and future” is good enough for simplifying a multifacted mission, especially if you add a qualifier (e.g., “Giving our disadvantaged children a childhood and a future”). What do you think?

  • Love, love, love this, and will spread the word. Thanks for putting it out there so clearly and succinctly!

    • Marc Koenig

      Thanks Nancy! Rally the troops!

  • Marion Conway

    Thanks for this to the point article about mission statements. The examples are excellent.

    • Marc Koenig

      Thanks, Marion! They were handpicked with love.

      • joko

        hi marc , Our mission is to glorify God and progressively eradicate deception in sport sector. Please is this a good mission statement for a sport ministry non profit organizatio

  • genpatton

    Your feedback is greatly appreciated:

    We are a non profit organization that enables youth ages 12 – 17 years with the necessary skills to be positive and productive members of the community. We provide a holistic and dynamic approach in working with youth that will enhance their capacity to develop and strengthen positive behaviors and to make healthier life choices.

    • Marc Koenig

      I feel like this could be little fresher and more personal. Here are my tips:

      – “Youth ages 12-17” is pretty specific for a mission statement. Remember, this isn’t what you’re telling someone who’s formally applying to one of your programs: a mission statement exists simply to get people interested and intrigued to know more. “Youth” or “teens” or “young people” would probably be fine here.

      – Holistic and dynamic are buzz words that don’t add any emotional punch. Ax ’em!

      – How’s something like this: “We help teenagers develop the skills necessary to live healthier, wholer lives.” Consider that a starting place if you want to get more specific. Just know you don’t need to say everything, just make that first impact! Thanks for sharing.

      • genpatton

        I appreciate the feedback Marc, we’ll give it another try.

        • Marc Koenig

          Of course! I’m sure you guys are doing awesome things – excited to see you tell your story just as awesomely.

  • Cindy

    Caregivers Rock

    • Marc Koenig

      Cindy – a fine sentiment! Now you just need a mission statement (with the 3 elements we talk through above) to accompany it.

  • AnnaHart

    Giving younger generations the knowledge, compassion, and ability to create a new era without stigma for those with mental illness.

    Does “for those with mental illness” need to be in there?

    • pjalama

      IMO, yes. Without the words “mental illness,” I’d be like, huh? What’s your cause? Prisoners reintegrating into society? Acceptance of people of different races or sexual orientations? General niceness?

  • Joscelyn S

    Keeping children safe, strengthening families, and building healthy communities since 1899. (For a child welfare/adoption/social services agency)

    • pjalama

      I like that one!

  • Beth

    The Center of Y is a youth-driven teen center dedicated to improving the lives of teens by offering programs and activities promoting personal growth and community involvement.

  • GirlzLife Board

    GirlzLife empowers at-risk girls to overcome the challenges of negative influences and create a positive change within themselves and their communities.

  • Kim Jones

    We are a nonprofit organization compassionately dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by testicular cancer along with educating others about the importance of awareness and early detection and continuing to save lives. http://www.facebook.com/tca.org

  • Shaina Watson

    Our mission is providing underprivileged children with love, resources, and knowledge to help them succeed
    and become all that God has called them to be.

    • pjalama

      Must it be “providing”? How about “We give underprivileged children the love, resources, and knowledge they need to become all God calls them to be”?

  • Kate Wieland

    Our mission is to develop, own and manage affordable housing and provide
    support services to help individuals succeed in life.

  • Michael Wilson

    The mission of IBPSA-USA is to advance and promote the science of building simulation in order to improve the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of new and existing buildings in the United States.

    First day on the job (today) as the first ED of a 10 year old organization that has been all volunteer until now. In 2 weeks we have a board retreat for strategic planning and want to start with mission/vision. Your comments welcome…thanks!

  • Kathy

    We are
    a NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION compassionately dedicated TO improving the lives of Those
    IN NEED by equipping them WITH THE NECESSARY ITEMS NEEDED FOR SURVIVAL OF LIFE.

    • martyromero

      this is kind of vague… “items needed”? like what? “survival of life” wow, this is a huge challenge. Curious to know how your organization is doing two years after this post.

  • Bridget Carter

    We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to motivate, educate, and the developmemt of kidney disease awareness to kidney failure patients, at risk individuals, and their families.

    • Julie

      We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of kidney disease awareness as well as the education and motivation of kidney failure patients, at-risk individuals, and their families.

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  • Stephanie Henry

    “To enrich the lives of the intellectually and
    developmentally disabled through farming while providing respite for
    caregivers.”

    I work with a farm that teaches adults with autism to grow and care for produce as well as other aspects of farming. The farm also emphasizes socialization, teamwork, and a “breather” for caretakers. Any ideas/input would be great. I think it’s really missing the punch.

    • Julie

      I actually think it’s quite good, Stephanie. The only aspect it’s missing from your description is the socialization/teamwork side and I don’t how that could be added. “Cooperative farming” has a different meaning, “team farming” sounds funny. “farming in groups?”

  • Derrionn Anderson

    We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping young girls off of the streets by providing a dance, modeling, singing and acting after school program.

    • pjalama

      I partly like it, but “providing” sends my brain to sleep. How about, “We keep young girls off the streets and creative” or “We keep young girls off the streets and active in after-school dance, modeling, singing, and acting.”
      Pauline Alama, Freelance Writer

  • “Our mission is to Inspire and educate audiences around the world by creatively uniting underground music and dance.” And thanks for this great article!

  • Nicolas Hockenberry

    “Climb On’s mission is to bring the physical and emotional
    benefits of rock climbing and adventure activities to the under-served youth of Dubuque”

  • Debbie Beyer

    The mission of the Columbus Dance Theatre is “o enrich the
    cultural life of our community through a resident professional company,
    and educational programming, and as an umbrella organization for the dance
    community.” How would you rework this??

  • April W

    T.C.C.U(Teens can Change Us) provide teens with information and motivation to help them help the world.

  • Anthology Coms

    Agree with most of the points here except Just DO It isn’t a mission statement, value proposition or message. It’s a slogan. Which is totally different. Nike’s actual mission statement is – Nike’s mission statement is “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.”

    The legendary University of Oregon track and field coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman said, “If you have a body, you are an athlete.”

    • Randy Hawthorne

      You bring up an excellent point. I love Nike’s mission and have used it as an example of a brilliant and inspiring mission.

      • Anthology Coms

        Agreed. Clients are always asking the difference between, slogan, message, Brand positioning statement, etc. So right now it is just particularly relevant for me.

  • Randy Hawthorne

    It’s so awesome to see you helping each other out on these posts.

  • Stand Back Ltd. helps artists without resources build a career in entertainment by giving them work space, mentors, industry connections, opportunity, and community support.

    (Thoughts?) Thank you!

    • martyromero

      long, but hardly any fluff. Pretty awesome.

  • Stand Back Ltd. helps artisans without resources build a career in special effects by giving them work space, mentors, industry connections, opportunity, and community support.

  • David Ivey

    AlmostFreeCollege Inc is a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals earn their college degree as inexpensively as possible.

  • CJ

    Unknown Miracles is a non profit organization who is committed to providing the highest level of hospitality to expecting mothers. We reassure expecting mothers that they will have access to everyday essentials their baby may need in the first days of life.

  • Rene’ Michelle

    We are a nonprofit organization that is passionate about our purpose. Which is bringing awareness to Domestic violence, Sexual assault and Molestation. To also help people that have suffered and or are still suffering from these things, to recover and become productive member’ s of society.

    • Mary Etta Win

      Using the word purpose goes without saying. Take the word purpose out, and combine the first two sentences together. Also, in the third sentence, using the word thing is not good. Name the things instead of writing the word “things”.

      • We are a nonprofit organization that is passionate about our purpose of bringing awareness to domestic violence, sexual assault and molestation in order to help people that have suffered and or are still suffering from these things to recover and become productive members of society.
        (Members does not have an apostrophe. It is plural, not possessive.)

    • Insearchofthetruth

      To bring awareness, help, hope and healing to those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and molestation.

    • Wendy Brown

      We are a nonprofit organization that is passionate about bringing awareness to domestic violence, sexual assault, and molestation. We also help those that have or are still suffering to recover and reintroduce themselves to society

  • Clarence Merk

    We are dedicated to the marine salvage resurrection of “The Alice Dean”, a 441 ton steam side-wheeler, sunk in 1863 by John Hun Morgan, and providing a final resting place in Meade County, Kentucky and or Harrison County, Indiana; leaving an indelible footnote to the brave men who fought this forgotten civil war battle.

  • Friend

    Building Our Lives Together (BOLT)- Our mission is to prepare young people by instilling in them the knowledge of simple hand tools.

    • Denise Flynn

      “Friend” I was interested but one question went unanswered. I am not sure what teaching simple hand tools prepares young people to do. “BOLT instills young people with the knowledge of simple hand tools to…” (Increase independence by stretching their income? Save the environment by reusing rather than replacing?)

      • Randy Hawthorne

        I’m interested in also knowing the audience a little more intimately. Young people is very broad. Toddlers? PreK? Young people with disabilities? Sounds like a great project!

        • Friend

          Thanks Randy

      • Friend

        Denise does my reply answer your questions?

    • Friend

      Denise and Randy our objective is to teach young people mainly between the ages of 8 & 16 the proper usage of simple hand tools by involving them in projects such as repairing bicycles, building club houses and model robots, etc. It’s becoming common these days that I encounter young men that are not able to repair something as simple as changing a flat tire. Do you all really think this is something seriously needed in our communities???

    • Lynique M

      Remake- I Tried To Re-Word, Hope It helped.

      Preparing adolescents to use hand tools by educating and instilling knowledge of proper use.

      • Friend

        Lynique M I really like this thanks!!!

  • Whitney Macdonald

    “We are a non profit working to fight childhood obesity and
    bring food literacy back into the classroom by using a hands on approach to
    cooking with real, fresh, not processed food.”

  • Marin Recovery Project

    Delivers
    access to community services and provides needed support to anyone seeking
    recovery from substance use in order to create a lasting change in people’s
    lives and the community we serve.

  • Yasmine

    We’re a non-profit organization in the philadelphia area providing a safe haben for inner city youth we’re we can tell our story one youth at a time.

    • martyromero

      this is good, but I want to ask a “safe haven” from what? I think you can make this stronger by being more specific.

    • Wendy Brown

      How about: We are a non-profit in the Philadelphia area providing a safe harbor for inner city youth to help them stay off the streets?

    • Tajuana TaylorMade Taylor

      Where we can tell our story not we’re

    • Crystal Owens

      Safe haven not safe haben

  • sabrina

    “Empowering the next generation of girls to become future leaders and
    business owners in STEM industries”
    This statement is for a non profit that I am in the works of starting. I’m looking for a catchy mission but I’m still not sure if this is a good mission statement of is this more of a vision statement. Any and all suggestions and comments would be helpful. This is a nonprofit that I am starting for underprivileged girls to get them excited about science, tech, and math careers. To narrow that gender gap.

  • Laurie

    Healing earth and humanity one plant at a time.

    • martyromero

      this is awesome. do you have a website?

  • Ashley Altman VoicesofTeal

    I have to be the worst at coming up with a mission statement I have BLANK.

  • PS Food Guy

    Mission

    Future Chef’s Collective prepares at risk youth that have an
    interest in the Culinary Arts for quality work and life after high school by
    providing employment, educational opportunities with scholarships, on the job skills
    training with ongoing mentoring, coaching and support.

    We believe transitioning into adulthood can be challenging
    for young people and are here to help create pathways into careers in the culinary
    arts that are both personally fulfilling and economically sustainable for each
    individual participant.

    We are successful when our participants:

    ·
    1) Complete a 2- or 4-year college degree, program
    certificate or formal apprenticeship

    and/or

    ·
    2) Have access to living wage internships and jobs
    with opportunities for promotion or other career advancement.

  • masengu tshiunza

    Zoe’s Brothers Foundation: we are a nonprofit organization fighting against sickle cell anemia disease in Africa by providing best care for patients, supporting the research for the cure and informing populations.

  • Laura Reynold

    We are a non profit organization that just worked on a mission statement. This is what we came up with.The members of the guild are a dynamic group whose mission is to support and promote the HMA as the cultural arts center for our area through fundraising, volunteerism and education. The guild also builds appreciation for the vast richness of artistic expression among its members and the community. Any suggestions?

  • Beverly Brown

    Two Thirty Two is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to provide educational and recreational training and resources for youth ages 5-19

  • Helen

    We educate individuals on life tools that help remove anger, grief and guilt to demonstrate the human potential of peace in all their relationships, in the world, and in their very souls.

    • ShannonRae

      Providing education, guidance, and life tools to empower others who are moving through guilt, anger, and grief so that they experience the human potential for peace on a soul level within all relationships.

  • Brandy Lockwood

    Our mission is to end the cycle of abuse by helping abusees, survivors and abusers learn and implement new processes to improve their life, realize their self-worth and see what is achievable as they rediscover, visualize and create a life beyond abuse for them and their family.

  • Priscilla Pruitt

    We are a faith based non-profit that strives to be the bridge that will point the families of our communities to a brighter and more fulfilling future.

  • Sheri Lynn

    We are a non profit organization dedicated to positively impacting the lives in our
    communities.

  • Juan

    The aim of Mezcalarte is to raise funds to provide children
    and adolescents of Mezcala, Jalisco Mexico extracurricular activities that will
    develop their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as
    individuals so that they may paint a better tomorrow.

  • Ina Coston

    Simply Seniors is a nonprofit organization that enriches the lives of our elderly by providing home health care, assistance with household tasks, errands, personal care, including meals enabling elderly persons to remain independent and living in their own home.

  • Tony Jones

    I am revising my mission statement and need a little help!

    (1) MWDP’s mission is to equip, empower, educate, and expand opportunities to boys from single-parent families through mentorship. (Original)

    (2) MWDP’s mission is to provide boys from single-parent homes with opportunities, skills, and developmental resources to become responsible and productive men.

    (3) MWDP’s mission is to provide boys from single-parent homes with opportunities, skills, and developmental resources as they transition to manhood.

    Which statement is clear and to the point (1,2, or 3)?

    • mickey

      For what it is worth I mashed up 1 and 3.
      Through mentorship, MWDP will equip, empower and educate boys from single-parent families with the tools to expand their opportunities as they transition to manhood.

      • Thank you for your feedback! That actually sounds pretty good. It is clear and to the point.

        • mickey

          No problem! We are developing a mission statement for our small health clinic and this type of activity has been in the forefront of my daily thinking.

  • Aley Raza

    We are a non-governmental, non-partisan
    charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to improving
    literacy among the under-privileged economically deprived children of the third
    world countries.

  • Sbrowning

    Browning & Browning Developers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building stronger communities and neighborhoods for low income families.

  • Northern Lights Foundation (non-profit) — Our mission is to grant wishes and distribute funds that address the needs and wishes of Northland children – and their families – with life threatening illnesses.

  • Jeri Riley

    To support adult victims of sexual abuse, rape and
    molestation by applying biblical principles that can improve and develop an
    individual’s mind, body and soul.

  • Denise Stoudermire

    To teach and inspire foster care children in DC about higher education through sports and activities.

  • ThinkMike is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to fundraising for Mike Scoggins in an effort to help with medical treatment following his critical motorcycle accident.

  • Awolu Adam

    As non-governmental organization,our mission is to promote good health and healthy life styles in rural communities in Ghana through health education, awareness creation, capacity building, community engagement, research, and public health policy advocacy

  • Barb

    We are a loosely formed group working to build a coalition to support people without homes in our area. Your feedback on the trial balloon mission statement will be appreciated:

    Our mission is to provide year-round low-barrier shelter to
    enhance the health, safety and dignity of people without homes.

  • The Junction Project

    The Junction Project is a Toronto based, non-profit social enterprise. Our goal is to provide free and accessible artistic experiences to children across the GTA.

  • dejazz

    Our aim is to help those in need by mobilizing the community members to give back.

  • Nature & Eclectic Outdoors

    How is this? “We are a nonprofit organization changing the lives of children, the physically and mentally
    challenged, and the general public through outdoor adventure and cultural
    education.”

  • Jennifer

    People talking, listening, and accepting. Breaking stereotypes

  • Lance Wentz

    Klamath Kinetic Challenge: Our mission is to facilitate a human powered vehicle race in Klamath Falls OR. Vehicles must be able to go over land, sand, mud and water.

  • Kirsty

    To co-ordinate
    cross sector, enthusiastic and effective activities for the benefit of all
    children and the benefit of society.

  • Save The Honey Bees

    We are a team of compassionate humans raising global
    awareness to inspire and inform communities to choose proactive solutions which
    will create a healthy, environment for honey bees and all pollinators, thus ensuring
    sustainability for future generations.

  • Save The Honey Bees

    We are a
    team of compassionate humans raising global awareness to inspire and inform
    communities to choose proactive solutions which will create a healthy,
    environment for honey bees and all pollinators, thus ensuring sustainability
    for future generations.

  • Andrea Stevens

    The mission of the SMACHC (South Metro Atlanta Community Health Coalition) is:

    To improve healthcare access, address and eliminate health disparities, and encourage medical responsibility, by providing comprehensive and quality primary medical care and preventative health services to the medically underserved populations within our communities.

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  • Morris

    The
    Center for Health Promotion and Counseling is committed to promoting healthy
    behaviors and lifestyle choices through ongoing research, community outreach,
    advocacy, and effective health education programs, to treat and prevent obesity
    in disadvantaged school children between ages 10 and 18, and low-income adults living in Whitman County. In addition, the Center is dedicated to
    providing outstanding in-home rehabilitation services and outdoor recreational
    activities to assist seniors achieve optimal health; strives to provide
    substance abuse prevention education, counseling, and referrals services to enable
    substance abusers to stay sober

  • Grow Palmer

    We are an all-volunteer group building a healthy community and
    increasing awareness of local food sources by planting public food for
    everyone.

  • vandoesum

    Nike’s mission statement actually is: “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.” It’s too vague, dont you think? Also ‘Just do it’ is! Although inspiring, because we already know who brings the slogan, it doesnt have a lot of attributes you stated. I’d say Feeding America, for example, has a much better one: ‘A hungry-free America.’

    • Well, maybe it’s not too vague if their entire target market is every single person in the world. It sounds vague, but maybe that is what they want.

  • Kimeisha Sukie

    SCI is a non-profit initiative aimed at providing important necessities of life, for families
    with limited resources.

  • Joanna Hitt

    The mission of Emma’s Special Knights is to
    promote friendship and respect in schools for children of all abilities by
    providing all inclusive playground equipment.

  • Zin Islam

    We are a non-profit organization helping the underprivileged people in Bangladesh by providing gifts of hope.

  • trinigirl

    The Beauty Foundation empowers our youth to find and embrace true beauty through identifying their self worth in order to build a strong foundation.

  • Cherrise Walker-betts

    The first organization in WNY to exclusively cater to women of color fighting cancer with products and services promoting and sustaining culture & personal beauty

  • C.Smith

    I Hear You I Feel You I Got You (Triple III Foundation)

    Mind Your Health.

  • Abigail

    Our nonprofit organization prepares preadolescent-aged girls for young adulthood through spiritual, personal and assisted self-discovery.

  • Tamecia Battle

    Together Celebrating Breakthroughs (T.C.B.) is a nonprofit organization that helps the less fortunate through difficult times by:

    § Fighting hunger

    § Supplying toiletries

    § Providing motivational and educational classes

  • Phoebe Margrill-Nix

    Hello. We have been having some difficulty agreeing on our mission statement. Any help would be appreciated.

    One version of our mission statement is: “Our Phoenix Rises.Org inspires low-income individuals struggling with mental illness, addiction and sexual violence through arts and arts education allowing for empowerment and the opportunity to contribute to society.”

    Another version is: “Our Phoenix Rises.Org inspires low-income individuals struggling with mental illness, addiction and sexual violence through the arts and arts education thereby enabling the healing process and encouraging personal growth.”

    Both of these just seem a bit off. Our organization will be providing small grants to low-income individuals struggling with mental illness, addiction, and/or sexual violence. The grants are to pay for tuition or fees for art courses. Some of the funds will be available for supplies and assistance with transportation to and from classes.

    Basically, what we want to do is provide small grants to low-income individuals struggling with the issues stated above so that they may pursue an education in the arts and then feel capable of sharing their voices through art in their communities. It is our hope that by participating in art education they will achieve personal growth which may then translate into benefits for society.

    Thank you for any input.

    • Lincoln J.L. Arneal

      Phoebe,
      Thanks for sharing your situation. We developed a guide to help nonprofits write a mission statement. You can find it here: http://www.nonprofithub.org/1-hour-mission-statement/
      The best advice I can give you is to share what you have with other people. Do a couple focus groups made up of different groups involved with your nonprofit and see what feedback you get. See if you get the desired response after they read the examples you have and if they offer you any new ideas. This will take some pressure off you and help get past the current block. Also, use the tests above. Make sure the language is compelling and that you’re evoking emotion with one sentence. Good luck!

      Lincoln

      • Phoebe Margrill-Nix

        Thanks Lincoln. We have used your guide to arrive at what we have. And many different people have been helping out. This process has been on going for quite a while. I think we’ll go with one of the ones we have and see what kind of reactions we get. Appreciate your input! :)

  • Critique this one?
    Charity:Therapy
    We are a nonprofit organization providing resources for evaluation and educational and psychological therapy to correct the underlying causes of learning challenges for children with reading, attention and auditory processing challenges.

  • Timur

    We are a non profit organization dedicated to provide an education, which uplifts people’s consciousness, helping them to be in harmony with themselves and with the world around them

  • Thuy

    To promote an appreciation for nature, social
    awareness and personal wellbeing through garden-based education programming
    focused on organic growing technique and nutrition.

  • Judy Gustafson

    We are health educators working to empower Ugandan medical providers improve the health of their community.

  • Keith Howell

    Our mission is to provide quality of life for homeless animals either thru adoption or the blessing of a long life! Sheltering unwanted animals regardless of age, health or size! This non-profit will show love for our 4 legged friends, no kill,no abandoned animals! (Ever)!

  • Glenda Lee Wright

    We are at the very beginning of this journey. We are forming a non-profit that want to support, educate and encourage families of inmates both inside and out and to work for social justice. Can anyone help me with this??

    • Lynne Coleman

      Hi Glenda! I am working with a group that provides prison mentoring and programming, long-term transitional housing, and aftercare to women prisoners. We are working on our mission statement too. I thought I’d share it with you and get your feedback. “Our goal is to work collaboratively with inmates and former prisoners; building principle-centered bridges of faith, empowerment, and resources necessary to cross the threshold to new life.” Our group is Threshold Ministries.

  • Christopher Joshua Taylor

    What do you guys think:

    The Hope Symphony provides a stage for all artists to give back to the community at large through art, love, and community outreach.

    • martyromero

      vague, I am a graffiti artist, do you serve me? the answer is irrelevant, the fact that I have to ask it means it can be more descriptive/simpler specific or all.

  • sheri

    The Trevor Williams Kids Foundation uses the power of sports, education, mentoring and personal development to empower Montreal youth to be the best they can be in school, in their families and in their community.

  • Coreen

    Hi, I’m trying to help my non-profit develop their organizational identity, including a mission statement. I’m not sure we’re talking about the same thing when we say mission statement, though. This seems more like an elevator pitch, or even a slogan. For example, Nike’s mission statement is actually: “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. What is the difference and relative importance of these elements?

    • Hi Coreen! I think you’d be right on this one and we had it wrong. “Just Do It” is move of a tagline for Nike instead of their mission statement. To help with the mission statement you’re talking about, we do have a free resource—http://www.nonprofithub.org/1-hour-mission-statement/

  • Anna e Jackson

    The CFC LITERACY, LIFE SKILLS and TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION aims to implement a youth enrichment program(YEP) to improve and enhance the lives of minority, under served and special needs students in grades 6 through post secondary school experiences.

  • Fatimah Thomas

    Our mission is to prevent crime and delinquency by promoting accountibilty and helping adolescents reach their full potential as pro-social citizens.

  • Fatimah Thomas

    Our mission is to prevent crime and delinquency by promoting accountability and helping adolescents from diverse cultural backgrounds reach their full potential as pro-social citizens.

  • Ryan Whitney

    Vote with Confidence.

  • Vanya Malmstead

    Providing smooth transistion assistance, counseling and resources for the teen military BRAT as they fully integrate from the military to civilian sector.

  • Ryan Whitney

    Sage Voter provides voters with tools that will assist them in the act of voting; making voting simpler, more impactful and more popular.

  • Schirlyn

    To use the arts to foster entrepreneurship and life
    skills for at risk youth, long-term unemployed Lancaster City adults and
    community artist age 55 and older.

  • Schirlyn

    To use the arts to foster entrepreneurship and life
    skills for at risk youth, long-term unemployed Lancaster City adults and
    community artist age 55 and older.

  • moon

    A non-profit org that seeks to empower the youth through advocacy, sensitization and development projects.

  • Legina Deaver

    Centurion Strong Mental Health Alliance (CSMHA) mission it to educate mental health solutions, within the African American community, to aid in the elimination of stigma, build acceptance of individuals and families within their church congregations, and connect ministry leaders with community resources and contacts when needed.

  • Steve Raiderbee Bigbee

    We are a non profit organization, Committed to providing Excellence to Families and Children facing life threatening illnesses by lending Helping Hands!!

    • When you say providing excellence, what does that mean? Aid, money, transportation?

      • Steve Raiderbee Bigbee

        What ever we do. We do it with Committed to Excellence. We don’t do stuff half way. When we do stuff it’s all in with Excellent Quality to provide Excellent results

  • Jesse

    Kids Like Me provides a stigma free space for gender nonconforming children and their families to have fun and support each other

  • Lisa

    We are a non-profit mentoring organization helping to
    prepare disadvantaged youth for success.

  • Awaken Arts provides a safe place where people share their stories of trauma. We use various art forms to tell these stories and we believe that each person’s creativity is the catalyst for healing their soul.

  • Walter Perry

    Keep Living Foundation-Creating lasting solutions for people and Communities going through challenging circumstances.

  • Manyao Chuhwanglem konyak

    Hello! I am from nagaland, india . I am doing my engineering course in NERIST.I am planning to form a mission of Non profitable after my completion of study. The main focus which i am planing to do is to support, educate and encourage families of
    inmates both inside and out and to work for social justice by organizing a various camp within a village and to share a word of love, spared the gospel.
    So, Can anyone
    help me with this??

    • We are a non-profit to support, educate and encourage families of inmates both inside and out and to work for social justice by organizing a camp within a village to share a word of love and spread the gospel.
      (good luck)

  • Lynda Morris

    Christians equipping a generation with traditional skills enabling them to compete in a challenging world.

  • Compassion to The Nations is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity with the mission to lead the nations into a growing relationship with Jesus as we put God’s compassion into
    action.

    Suggestions for Improvement?

  • Karissa L.

    We’re a nonprofit organization compassionately preparing and educating families in
    low-income housing neighborhoods to successfully obtain, and maintain livable communities.

  • Jenn Kota

    Servant’s Attic: Dedicated to those in need by providing the basic necessities, hope and opportunity for a better tomorrow within our Community.

  • Tim McGee

    The REAL McGee is a not-for-profit group fervently dedicated to raising funds and awareness for diabetes.

  • Ravikant

    “Lit the Light” A non-profit Organisation Working in India is working for visually impaired Youths through Education and Guidence….
    Need help

  • Universalgirl

    The Mission of The Phoenix Home is to renew, restore and regain self worth, self esteem and wholeness back to the homeless.

  • Alicia

    To address the overwhelming amount of recidivism by assisting inmates
    facing release assimilate into society as well as ex-convicts find gainful
    employment, address drug addiction, and develop life and work skills that will
    prevent and/or greatly reduce chances for re-incarceration.

  • Ebony Clark

    Crowned Jewels nonprofit organization is a spiritual based organization seeking to bring hope to those who are hopeless. To also provide a peaceful setting, where women can grow spiritually, receive counseling, while feeling loved, relaxed, and free.

  • Nanci Boutet

    Aquaholics Special Surfers is a non profit organization sharing
    the empowering experience of surfing with special needs children and adults of
    all diagnoses.

  • jayjay

    The Mission of PWN4PWN is to use a team people with Narcolepsy to inspire, motivate and activate others with Narcolepsy to gain/regain the quality of life they deserve.

  • Shalini Bhargava

    Purple Heart & Cancer Care Children Foundation

    The Mission of the Foundation is to create, find and support programs that directly help in improving the health & wellbeing of underprivileged children ailing due to cardiac and cancer diseases.

  • Cam Williams

    Sisters with A Purpose is a nonprofit community development organization that provides support services for the empowerment of women

  • Mary K

    Unique Resources will be creating change in the lives of individuals and families by providing the social, educational, and economic resourceses.

  • DJMaestro

    Good Life Philanthropic Youth Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a movement of entrepreneurial thinking and action among at-risk youth, by combining life coaching, financial literacy and entrepreneurial training to interrupt the cycle of poverty, violence and
    incarceration in the lives of the youth that we touch!

    • DJMaestro

      Would love some criticism.

  • maggie

    Teaching people with cognitive impairments how to work, while baking.

  • Ken

    The mission of Grateful Heart is to significatly improve the spiritual, mental and physical well-being of all Veterans.

  • Pith_n_Vinegar

    “We are a non-profit publisher supporting and nurturing writers, speakers, & other artists creating DUI awareness.”

  • Got this so far? :

    “In the Kono District and UK we build civil society’s capacity to participate in strong sustainable development, protecting the environment and human rights, reducing social injustice and promoting Kono identity and acceptance of diversity.”

  • Carolyn Daniels

    The mission of Decades of Excellence San Bernardino is to provide activities and support organizations that promote the economic, educational, social, and environmental well-being of the underprivileged and underserved communities in the Inland Empire.

  • ShaCole

    Hello, I am starting a non profit organization with woman with a substance abuse or mental illness who’s trying to get their lives back and their children. Can anyone please help me with a mission statement?

  • Prophetess John

    We are a noprofit organization providing housing for homeless parents with children.

  • Dana Costin

    We are a nonprofit organization building humane and sustainable habitats
    for abused animals and creating safer, cleaner habitats to benefit the
    people in Romania.
    http://rolda.org/blog/2014/03/12/mission-statement/

  • Elaine Willey

    To preserve and protect children & families through repairing and rebuilding current structures & organizations, to create a solid foundation for Iowa’s Families and for the next generation’s.

  • Danielle Dyer

    Our mission is to empower parents, grandparents, teachers, and others who deal with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder so they can fully participate in their communities by providing them with the needed funds for behavioral training.

  • Shane Matthew LeClaire

    Kestrel Recreation Inc. is a non-profit that is committed to
    building strong, sustainable communities through environmental education and
    outdoor recreation.

  • Julia

    Hey guys I know I’m two years late to this article but if you could give me your thoughts that’d be great!

    “A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing homeless families with cell phones in order to provide the essential technological connection between homeless parents, their children, and their future employers.”

  • Caitlin Raath

    The NFSA provides funding for hi tech therapies for patients
    affected by chronic pain. With a budget of R8million we can help 55 patients
    over a period of a year, we can implement fundraising events and educational
    workshops for medical professionals and we will invest 10% into a unit trust to
    create sustainability for our organisation. Any thoughts would be much appreciated?

  • Yvonne O’Neal

    We advocate and educate for healthy lifestyles to prevent diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases.

  • Johanna Williams

    Sheltering the unsheltered one day at a time.

    • martyromero

      nice

  • tgilb5171

    The Revis Island Foundation positively impacts the lives of at-risk youth in the Beaver County area through educational programs, sporting events and resources to reduce child hunger.

  • Dona Xemena Barry

    We are a non-profit organization that provides payment of
    bond and lawyer retainer fees for American citizens who are arrested for
    criminal charges.

    • martyromero

      wow, this is an awesome organization, but quite a huge mission. Do you provide services for everyone regardless of the charges? rape? murder? if so… awesome, but if there are limits to whom you service, this might be too broad.

  • Alicia Ault

    To empower, educate, and inspire the residents of Warren County to become self-sufficient and healthy members of our community

    • martyromero

      what is healthy mean? I don’t think you need that part. “…to become self-sufficient.” ending it there is awesome!

  • Jesyka Sham

    Hi there, I am struggling to come up with a concise statement since we have so many aspects to our project! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. If someone asks me what we are about this is what I would tell them : We are a non-profit company
    called the Living Arts Foundation situated in The Shed, Spier Farm,
    Stellenbosch. The Shed houses many projects, we have a social circus, cultural
    events like music concerts, recreational fitness classes, outside events and
    rental space for similiar minded projects that look at installing an healthy, cultural
    and/ or sustainable life-style. We look at being a tranformational space for the community.

  • martyromero

    I am torn between these two;

    1. Code education for 8 – 12 Grade inner city students
    2. Code education for inner city students

  • Togba

    The Solution Lab Foundation is changing the quality of life though recreation to the youths of Liberia after the 13yrs brutal civil war and the recent Ebola outbreak.

  • Mj

    Tax Works -our mission is to provide financial services so taxpayers are able to maximize the income potentials of their tax money through various investment strategies .

  • Dionne Gitrey

    “Jeremiah’s Hope for OUR Community ”
    Jeremiah is our brother/friend that lost his life due to gang violence and drugs in 1991 (Jeremiah 29:11)
    Our mission is to carry out Jeremiah’s vision. No parent should ever have to identify the body of their child or take a long drive/short flight to visit their child in prison due to circumstances. We plan to provide the children/parents of the village with a change, chance, opportunity and HOPE. We aim to close the gap in “spare” time, by providing after and summer school programs to ensure a healthy lifestyle and Parenting 101. Anti bullying programs, just to name a few.
    we need our village back because it really does take a village

  • Timira Johnson

    We are Non-profit shelter of the homeless, here to make a change in our Greater Baltimore Community. Our mission is to dedicate our time improving the lives of those stuck in poverty, along with educating the importance of survival and early dedication to saving lives one day at a time.

  • Zawadi Seas

    The Evolution of Natural Talent is a Not for profit organization created to provide products and services that support and inspire women and young people, Promoting a more conscious and self sustaining lifestyle.

  • Isabel

    To inspire children and teenagers to play organized sports for a healthy future free from obesity.

  • Diana

    I A.M. Inc.

    “Helping young women live authentically in order to fulfill their life’s purpose.”
    or
    “Helping young women live authentically in order to reach their fullest potential.”
    ???????????????

  • Brandy

    Good Deed Revolution’s mission is to uplift, inspire and change the world one good deed at a time!

  • Michele

    For The Love Of Jack:
    An animal welfare fund, helping sick, injured and hungry animals.

  • Renea Steele

    Our mission at Ms. Tia’s HOPE is to provide education, personal development and social responsibility to youth through community engagement that reinforces self-esteem, self-worth, and responsible social behavior.

  • Dixon McReynolds

    The mission of the Repairer of the Breach World Outreach is to improve the lives of Homeless individuals, families, un-wed mother, children and veterans regardless of their situation.

  • Lailah Ali

    We are a non profit organization existing for the stimulation of Nashville’s Black community and economy, advocating Pan Africanism and Black entrepreneurship.

  • Valencia Barclift

    We are an organization helping to enrich at risk youth through African dancing and drumming.

  • aashai1

    WE ARE A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIION INTRODUCING INNER CITY YOUTH TO THE PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS AND THE MECHANICS OF PLAYING THE GAME OF CHESS WHICH WILL CAUSE THE YOUTH TO DEVELOP THEIR CRITICAL THINKING PROCESSES.

  • Reginald Lao

    Financial Fidelity Academy educates students about the importance of banking, credit, investments and entrepreneurship for a brighter future.

  • RobbiesGirl3152

    We are a non-profit organization providing immediate resources to US military veterans who are contemplating suicide.

  • Minda

    Sharing Aloha Foundation
    Our Mission:
    Providing emergency travel assistance for individuals across the nation
    whose loved one is in a healthcare crisis.

  • Karen

    To help Lupus patients create a solid support system, by providing their family
    members and friends with the knowledge that they will need, in order to become
    an effective motivator, encourager and caregiver to those that are greatly
    affected with the disease.

  • Maribel T Cave

    Building a brighter tomorrow for our cities youth one dream at a time.

  • Glen D. Brady

    Lighthouse Community Center: to neutralize social, economic and environment disparities affecting underprivileged neighborhood. Through public forms, creative and traditional programs. to enhance the quality of life.

  • renee

    To create a sustainable learning environment for Shipibo culture that provides education, builds awareness and preserves a strong, thriving community.

  • Shonte’ Cobbs

    Provide Polk County student-athletes with access to educational tools that will help them be successful in the classroom, in the community, and on the court thereby helping to prepare our youth for the opportunity to excel in any chosen career path.

  • DFF

    PLEASE HELP/COMMENT:
    Our mission is for every child on the continent of Africa to have full access to quality education; we do this by building schools and providing scholarship opportunities.

    Our vision is to increase the literacy rate on the continent of Africa.
    or
    We envision an Africa where every child is given equal opportunity to obtain an education.

  • Nejani Hull

    The mission of the Soundview Reunion Committee is to be a part
    of the solution in our Soundview communities. Together we can build the bridge
    of passage for success by serving all of the people in the community. Starting
    with the children and young people by giving them Alternative to Gangs (ATG). The
    committee will develop ATG programs that will address the needs of the youth
    and their parents.

  • PMC15

    Can I please get a critique for this statement:
    “We are a social support organization, dedicated to reducing crime in our community, and helping young men overcome barriers to employment”.

  • PMC15

    Orrr….”We are dedicated to reducing crime/recidivism and protecting our environment, by providing vocational, educational, and social support to young men and women in Cuyahoga County”.

  • Linnie Pawlek

    We’re a non profit organization using innovative technology to empower women and girls in the developing world through education and community building.

  • Mark Pershin

    Change your diet, change our future.

  • Swift

    hisssss

    • c9fangay

      hello my fellow reptilian

  • Benjamin Mator Freeman Jr.

    Mission Statement: We work to improve quality of education across Liberia using research tools to reduce performance gap and increase student achievement.

  • JacQue Trustgod Mars

    Healing the youth and saving our future one generation at a time.

  • jullie

    IN EVERY PERSON is a nonprofit organization for special needs adults, who no longer have a valid IEP, they will be mentored in social, life and job skills, so that they may be successful in the work opportunities provided by participating companies/corporations, within the Middle Tennessee Area.

  • jancy

    To bring a safe, clean and green house environment to anyone in need of shelter, food and life skills.

  • Eve

    We are a nonprofit organization bringing youth together through sports in developing countries.

    • Ssozi Bafirawala

      Hi Eve ! Am interested in knowing more about your activities .Thank you.
      Henry.

  • lynnebkahn

    Batimore Hunger Project is dedicated to eliminating the growing problem of weekend childhood hunger

  • Corlie Holloway Jackson

    Galveston County Mutual Assistance Partnership: The mission of GCMAP is to support the nonprofit sector as a collaborative driver of social change for a healthier Galveston County by providing assitance to organize, unify, and strengthen the voice of the nonprofit sector.

  • tiffanie turner

    By donating clothes smiles and hope, our mission to empower those who may have been left out or behind by society as result of their sex, belief, orientation or ethnic background. PALS is dedicated to educate the world on the importance of equality and love.

    • M. Ratcha

      I like how you led with “by donating clothes, smiles, and hope” (though you left out a couple commas). Most mission statements don’t start off with the tactical; it makes yours stand out. However, the rest gets a bit murky.

      “By donating clothes and sharing smiles and hope, we empower people who…”

      • tiffanie turner

        I appreciate your response. Thank you so much

  • Maurice M

    Our mission is to empower, inspire, and ignite our youth one child at a time through mentoring.

  • Joanna Beck

    Aiden’s Light is a
    non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing the hearts, minds, bodies,
    souls, and spirits of underprivileged minority youth.

    Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?

    • Wendy Brown

      Aiden’s Light is a non-profit organization that helps the entire entity of underprivileged youth become successful members of society.

      • M. Ratcha

        I prefer the original, actually. “Entire entity” is awkward and “successful members of society” doesn’t sound like a nurturing, nonjudgmental goal. It’s great to streamline as you’ve done, but words like “nurture” can be extremely important.

        Maybe “Aiden’s Light is a non-profit organization that nurtures the hearts, minds, and bodies of underprivileged minority youth.” Do we need hearts, souls, AND spirits? To me, those three things overlap; they’re also the sorts of words that could easily require too much explanation, if anyone poked at them. Does the appearance of “soul” imply “religion”, and do you want it to?

    • jim

      This is for all youths everywhere? Could “youth” be better defined? I think hearts, souls and spirits could be combined to a single word.

  • Tcps Sec

    Our Mission centers on promoting aviation related activities
    to educate the public on the PBY Canso’s contribution to our Canadian Aviation Heritage.

  • Kevin Ernest Moyer

    The mission of
    Divine Intervention Foundation Inc. is to serve as a faith based hub for
    families and individuals by personally identifying their needs and connecting
    them to the many community resources which target hunger, poverty, unemployment
    and much more.

  • Elicia Madetzke Kortus

    Empowering communities to implement sustainability for housing, food and transportation, and developing creative strategies for re-use and repurposing of buildings, materials, resources and volunteer labor.

  • Ronni Duren

    I need help. I have two mission statement.

    K.E.Y.S.(Knowledge,Economics, Youth and Support) Our mission is to empower African American Communities with the K.E.Y.S(knowledge, Economics, Youth &Support) to succeed.

    K.E.Y.S A non profit organization to create sustainable African- American communities with four principles Knowledge,Economics, Youth and Support.

    • jim

      Where are the communities, all of the Americas? Not sure what you mean by “Youth”.

  • angella

    Our mission is to end the hurt and began the healing.
    To restore confidence of youths as well as adults, who have been advertently or
    inadvertently bruised, battered and beaten by the traumas and dramas life of
    yesterday and today.

    • jim

      Not quite sure what you mean when you speak of traumas and dramas. Perhaps this: Name of Organization, ending hurt, beginning healing for those wounded by life.

  • FFRC_Patch

    We are a motorcyclist-centered non-profit dedicated to the
    support of military families and bringing awareness to the epidemic of combat veteran
    suicide.

  • Taneeza Islam

    Collaborative Legal Incubator Program (CLIP) – providing access to the judicial system for
    vulnerable, low to moderate-income clients by training lawyers to build sustainable and socially conscious legal practices.

  • Anonymous

    Math Craze addresses the lack of resources related to advanced mathematical problem solving in many areas, by providing 5th and 6th graders with workshops exploring the insightful shortcuts and problem solving skills used in many math contests.

  • Kaydence

    Greetings all,

    I would love some help. My non profit is 3 earth Angels. We are based in Atlanta, GA. I’m not sure if I should say specifically what we do, the issue that I’m having is that there are a wide range of community outreach activities we will do, like underwear drives, feeding and doing activities at homeless teen shelters, Providing a closet of maternity clothing for pregnant homeless women, eventually starting a shelter/ transitional home for victims of domestic violence, and etc. Or if I should use word play based of the the name 3 earth Angels this isn’t a religious group, actually we are 3 women with very different belief systems we just we share the vision of love … Here are some of my ideas can you give me some critiques?

    -We are a spiritual based non profit organization spreading the message of love to all of humanity by performing one act of virtue at a time ?
    – Blessed by being a blessing
    -Doing it
    -Doing the work
    -Being a pillar of light in the darkest hour

    • How about
      “We are your pillar of light in your darkest hour, proving services for the homeless and abused” ?

      I don’t know if I would specifically mention “spiritually based” because some people might interpret that to mean religious. It could turn off both the religious and the non-religious since you aren’t affiliated with a particular religion or group.

    • M. Ratcha

      I would save the “pillar of light in your darkest hour”, poetic and metaphoric imagery, for your tagline, and leave it out of the Mission Statement. For example, on your fliers, business cards, and front page of your website, it might say:

      3 Earth Angels
      a pillar of light in your darkest hour

      The Mission statement can be tucked inside fundraising letters, in the About section of your website, and in your grant applications. Keep it on-point. Funders want to know what you do, for whom, and to some extent, why you do it. “Our mission is to help all residents of Our County live safe, peaceful lives. We help provide homeless and disadvantaged youth and women with shelter, clothing, food, and healthy activities.” ? Some Mission Statements would not be so specific and tactical, but I think listing shelter, clothing, and safety are important in this case.

      If you are not religious, I would veer away from the spiritual implications. That you are acting out of love, and spreading love as you go, should be evident from your actions (feeding the hungry, sheltering victims of domestic violence). If part of your program is specifically about encouraging people to feel and share love — that’s going to be harder to describe, and harder to get funding for.

  • Kathy Rigdon

    Youth Challenge creates unique opportunities for young
    people with physical disabilities and teenage volunteers who inspire each other
    through adapted sports, recreation, and personal growth activities.

  • Ventura County Leadership Academy connects people and issues to impact our county.

  • Crissy Robinette

    Hello guys- we are a new nonprofit. What do you think of the mission statement?

    Spark City Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization in Jefferson County, Colorado, whose mission is to provide a safe, engaging environment that sparks the intellectual and creative curiosity of young children.

    • Justice

      I like your statement. It could use a bit of revision in my opinion. For instance, omit the specific location. Those who want to know will find out. Omit ” of young” before children and use “in children.” Children are almost by definition, young. Also, what are a few of the highlights in your safe, engaging environment, and how might my child’s intellectual and creative curiosity be sparked?

  • Together We Stand

    We are a non profit youth leadership center that trains participants to become social justice advocates within their communities and beyond.

  • Scarlet

    We’re a non-profit organization helping teens of all ages become mentally & emotionally strong to withstand verbal abuse.

  • Janet Stephens

    Which of these two is better?
    The mission of CESC is to promote resilient Bay Area communities through energy and building retrofits for residents and small businesses, contributing towards health, safety and lower energy costs.

    The mission of CESC is to promote resilient Bay Area communities. We support the most vulnerable residents and local businesses by providing energy and building improvements that contribute to health, safety, lower energy costs, and resource conservation.

  • Vince

    to provide relief to children and elderly affected by abandonment, abuse, poverty, illness and hunger regardless of their
    race, ethnicity or creed

  • Debbie Lastor Hicks

    Upward Life Ministries mentors those incarcerated for the purpose of building relationships that will continue once our mentees are released from jail or prison. When released, ULM then provided necessary professional counseling, temporary housing, transportation, job and life training and help to acclimate into society and end recidivism.

  • Prudence

    We are a nonprofit organization supporting minority women in the Midwest region with colon rectal cancer. By educating, advocating,and informing women with the right resources for quality of life as they battle this disease. Through awareness and helping with supplies needed in order to continue their lives as normal as possible.

  • Wolah Wolah

    What do you think of this?

    We are a non-profit organization aims to help families in poor communities improving their lives through creation of livelihood programs, providing school supplies and support outreach programs for children and their families, the environment and community.

    • M. Ratcha

      It can be hard to balance the Mission’s need to have a *general*, high-level goal (“help families in need”) and the tactical, specific ways your organization works toward that goal (“creating livelihood programs”). Try not to include any specific program in the Mission unless it is absolutely central to your organization’s identity. If the school supplies distribution program stopped happening tomorrow for some reason — would you still be an organization? Would your goals change? No? Good! So maybe you don’t mention school supplies in the Mission Statement. But let’s say your organization is really known for its unique livelihood programs. You could mention that specifically, or find a different way to describe what those programs *do*. Does your livelihood program teach low-income mothers how to start their own businesses or go out on job interviews? Think of a way to generalize that information. “We help low-income mothers gain the skills, knowledge, and community connections they need for launching new careers.” Something like that?

      Also, “poor” is a tough word; it implies a lot more than income level. I would avoid using it if possible. Perhaps “families in need” or “low-income families”? “Poor” can sound like a judgment word…

      Name of Organization
      Optional tagline here (such as “Helping Families in Need” – something short)

      Mission:
      Our goal is to make life better for the low-income children and families of Our Town through hands-on career development and educational support. OR “Our mission is to help families climb out of poverty and improve their communities, schools, and environment.” In the second case, I’m implying that you are helping them improve their OWN worlds…

      Programs:
      We help families by creating livelihood programs, providing school supplies, and supporting outreach programs.

      Name of Organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

  • Andrew Clarke

    Our mission is to bring Caribbean folk culture,
    artists, music, stories, movement and theatre into prominent spaces while achieving
    greater recognition. We provide entertainment and education to our patrons, and
    give voice to our diverse issues, performers, writers and directors. We aim to
    represent with creative authenticity the folk culture of the Caribbean islands.
    As a non-profit organization Braata Productions fosters and develops a greater
    interest in the understanding and appreciation for all things Caribbean by
    preserving and showcasing its history, lifestyles, traditions and customs
    through the visual and performing arts.

  • Tcps Sec

    “The Catalina Preservation Society promotes worthwhile aviation activities bringing people and PBY Catalina aviation history together, one person, one event, one community at a time ”

  • Ryan Tadhg

    Homes for Homeless Veterans – Our mission is to help our brothers the Homeless Veterans that fought for our country, we will give them a safe place to live, recoup, get any and all help necessary to reconnect with society, friends and family. This will include rehabilitaion, access to psychiatric and medical servise, legal services and job placement training to give them a hand back up.

  • Irene Paxia

    We work with communities to promote wellness and prevent violence among immigrant and refugee families. Thoughts?

  • Kelly

    Dante’s Hope is a non profit 501(c)(3) animal rescue dedicated to enriching the lives of animals and families by providing a safe haven, veterinary care and adoption format for the purpose of eliminating cruelty, neglect, and homeless animals.

  • Paola Aragon Brown

    Hi!
    Hope to hear your feedback.

    We are a non- profit organization who is passionate about helping globally displaced women by bringing awareness to the issues of gender violence and poverty that they face. Through awareness we plan on creating a global dialogue that will lead to bettering these women’s lives and giving them hope for a better future.

  • Latoya

    Lifestyle Granted empowers creative women by equipping them with tools, information, products and services to be audacious in life and business.

  • Jazzie

    From Words 2 Action Outreach Ministries is a non profit organization that Spreads Love Across the Globe! As global servants traveling the world, we devote our energy to passionately serve by giving, educating, empowering, and advocating for those that are hungry, homeless, enslaved, and members of an underrepresented or underserved community.

  • John Klein

    We’re a nonprofit organization bringing modern healthcare technology to people in developing countries throughout the world.

  • Guest

    The Love Not Blood Campaign, (LNBC) is a 501(c)(3) organization that
    was founded to work with families that has suffered the traumatic
    experience of gun violence, whether by police officers, security
    officers, or community violence. The LNBC will work to bring about an
    atmosphere of social justice throughout the United States and
    Internationally,

    or

    The Love Not Blood Campaign, (LNBC) is a 501(c)(3) founded to create a Family First Crisis Team (FFCT) to comfort and support families that has suffered the traumatic experience of gun violence, whether by police officers, community violence, or
    racism, in the United States and Internationally

    or

    The Love Not Blood Campaign, (LNBC) is a 501(c)(3) founded to work with families
    that has suffered the traumatic experience of gun violence, whether by
    police officers, security officers, or community violence bring about an
    atmosphere of social justice throughout the United States and
    Internationally,

    or

    The Love Not Blood Campaign, (LNBC) is a 501(c)(3) founded to bring comfort and support to families that has suffered the traumatic experience of gun violence,
    whether by police officers, community violence, or racism.

  • Bob Alleman

    Dutzow Community Club mission
    is to provide safe facilities and environment for organized baseball/softball leagues
    to the youth of the community.

  • Ashley

    We are a new parent society for a local athletic organization trying to create our mission statement. Our main mission is to have fundraisers in place to allow all the athletes in the club to be able to participate in all aspects of the gym (competitions, travelling to events, club fees, etc.), also providing scholarships for those that cannot afford to join.This is what I’ve come up with so far:

    To allow equal opportunity to all for personal growth through all stages of life through participation in Rhythmic Gymnastics.

  • Jess Walker

    Second Chances is a non-profit organization, established to offer support to the addicted and depressed. The organization is set up to be a place where those who need help can come to, and find support, without condemnation, but instead, encouragement, help increase self worth, and give the oppressed, hope. Several areas of help are available, like counselling services, limited medical services, clothes closet, shelter, soup kitchen, cool drinks, hot showers, financial help for rehab center costs, with care packages, and help with job placement.

  • Guest

    We are a provider of Early Parenting and Early Childhood services, supporting and guiding families and young children through the journey of parenting.

  • Crystal Owens

    NF 4 LIFE
    “Reuniting the community through outreach, education and love”

  • Vanessa

    The mission of R.E.B.E.L.S is to provide financial assistance and mentorship to economically disadvantaged minority youth who want to go to college.

  • Sadick

    please am establishing my NGO. which is focused on empowering students to make their dreams possible.
    below are my vision and mission.

    OUR VISION
    We envision a student culture where students hold the power to create opportunities for themselves and others and to make their dreams possible: embodying academic success, integrity, self-responsibility and delight in diversity, cooperation, and the honoring of all students. This vision recognizes the interconnectedness of all students and supports student with intention on achieving their dreams and fulfillment in their educational life.

    OUR MISSION
    To help student have a sense of personal responsibility.
    To help every individual student figure out where he/she want to go in life by knowing why they are attaining education.
    To help student develop good connections in life by having a good support system, this usually comprised of family, friends, and community members.
    To help student realize the importance of knowing and understanding their values.
    To help every student we encounter set SMART goals. That is goals which is specific, measurable, attainable, and realistic and time specific.
    To provide a safe and potent environment where people can renew and evolve in ways they never imagined.
    To actively be of service to others as an inspirational model of living and working together to create educational change and community amongst ourselves and with the people of the country.
    To create an environment where personal and cultural change mutually support each other in the context of acadamics.

    To help student appreciate and enjoy education by being motivated and counseled.

    To treasure above all else empower student to never give up, and achieve all of their goals through persistence and dedication.

  • The mission of Leah’s Hope is to connect teenagers, leaving their Chinese orphanage because of their age, with the educational funding necessary to become trained, self-sufficient, hopeful adults.

  • Happy to have everyone critique my organization’s recently revised mission statement: “We provide person-centred care with dignity and kindness.”

  • Marcus

    The missions of The V.I.C.T.O.R’s Kid is to provide Faith-Based principles, Personal Development, Community Service and Educational Awareness to under served kids in our community that prepares them for life.

  • To enhance the care for homeless and displaced animals by building resources, leading development and advocating for the success of Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control.

  • Austin Sanders

    Mission statement of the Academy of Junior Scholars is,
    “To provide a challenging and standards based preschool program to preschool aged children in a safe and nurturing environment.”

  • As our website suggests, we are a nonprofit charged with providing care for over 2,000 animals a year; we see our role as one of protecting and caring for homeless animals while also providing education about caring for animals.
    We would like to be able to shorten our mission statement for use on stationery, business cards, etc. while retaining the more detailed statement for the website.
    One suggestion that has been made is the following which seems simple, direct, and appropriate:

    WHS
    “Providing humane care for homeless animals.”

    Reactions?

  • Chelsay

    Saving lives one pit bull at a time.

  • Angela Murrell

    If you would please give any suggestion I would be most grateful!!

    Second Chances helps to prepare ex-offenders for successful transition and positive re-entry back into their community through opportunities, resources and skill sets’ (needed to stay free)?

  • Evenah

    The mission of SOUL is to create a paradigm shift by helping to celebrate, educate, unite and drive women to grow and evole while helping to cease physical, mental, spiritual and economical debilitations.

  • The Hillsboro ISD Education Foundation partners with the community to provide resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning, and maximize innovative opportunities for all students in the Hillsboro Independent School District

  • We are a non profit dedicated to helping women in our communities shatter glass ceilings and destroy barriers by educating, empowering and helping them build better futures.

  • Sagenge Mabonesho

    I real appreciate discussions,it is very helpful

  • michael

    Mission statement: creating a future for underprivileged children and orphans

  • michael

    MISSION Statement: To bring our vision into reality, we seek sponsorship from International and local donor agencies and philanthropists to facilitate the welfare of underprivileged children and orphans to the highest level of education attainable

  • We are a non profit who puts on the miss Jamaica Florida Pageant and assists in having the youth identify with their culture and the arts. Our mission statement at the moment is: “To assist in exposing our youth both domestically and abroad through mentorship, to their culture & the arts”. Please critique.

  • Jennie

    We’re a nonprofit organization providing support groups to women with cervical cancer, and removing the stigma surrounding the disease by giving informational seminars.

  • Please let us know how our mission statement is. Our focus is aimed at risk and underprivileged youth of today… as follows…To provide a healthy, diverse,safe haven, activity resource center to develop today’s youth with a desire and passion for changing their lives.

  • Andrew J

    I sent you my mission statement for the Bound By Dog Tags and you reworked it to this:

    The mission of the Bound By Dog Tags
    Foundation is to provide emotional support to veterans in need through
    camaraderie with those who also answered the call of duty.”

    I met with the board and we would like to use your reworked mission statement. Would you let use?

    BBDT is a new up coming Non-profit organization to help Vets and their families.

    Thank you

    Andrew J.
    BBDT Co. Founder

  • Angela

    Feedback appreciate:
    Albert’s Closet empowering men to re-enter the workforce by assisting them to dress for success.

  • ? , is a non-profit organization that will allow people of all ages who live with physical or mental challenges such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), myasthenia gravis, PTSD, cancer, and others to experience outdoor adventures, such as fishing, kayaking, camping, sailing, hunting, skeet shooting and hand-crank cycling in order to show them all of the things they can do, instead of focusing on their limitations, which in turn will increase their self-esteem, confidence, and sense of independence.

  • C Thomas

    Training dogs is our business. Training dogs for veterans is our mission

  • I have two:
    The mission of The Sanctuary, is to provide a safe place, for recovering men and women of all ages, to attend 12 step meetings, workshops, day retreats, Step Studies, and for fellowship.

    or

    We are a non profit organization bringing 12 step recovery meetings, workshops, day retreats, Step Studies, and a safe place to meet and fellowship, to all who seek freedom from addiction.

    or maybe there is something better?

  • I am chomping at the bit to start a non profit that would provide clothing and various sundry items to the elderly residents that are in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, senior residences, etc. I do a lot of volunteering at these institutions and I am not clever enough to think of something catchy to call the non profit let along a mission statement I tend to get to “wordy” can you help

  • Blue Poppy Farm Paso Fino Horse Rescue

    Blue Poppy Farm a nonprofit organization providing rehabilitation, medical care and foster care to Paso Fino horses that have been abused, neglected, starved, abandoned or can no longer be cared for by their owners. Our work is about building strong relationships with other rescues and horse owners, to provide training and public awareness and to work hand in hand with these network of Paso Fino Horse Rescues to make sure that we can STOP the abuse.

  • website currently under construction until I’m satisfied with mission statement.

    Mission Statement: We are a for-purpose team traveling to build classrooms, and bring educational resources to children in impoverished communities around to world.

    I like saying it out loud to people, but i still feel its too long. when i shorten it, it doesn’t feel right.

    Thanks so much

  • Brittney Fodor

    Building shelters to provide food, education, and a place to call home when people are in a time of need.

  • Anita Change

    The Anita Change Foundation provides economically challenged seniors with fresh grown food, home preservation, and volunteer resources.

  • Phoebe’s House is a nonprofit organization serving men and women formally incarcerated; by providing temporary shelter, a success program, and a Christian environment to empower lives and strengthen communities.

  • Maxine

    Royal Squad Dance Company is based in Panorama City and train in a great variety of dance styles. Our mission is to give our dancers, whether they are new to the craft or highly skilled, an extensive foundation in various styles, to give them the opportunity to grow as dancers and people, and become creative original artists. We also offer our dancers tutoring and moral support to ensure academic success parallel to their artistry. Our goal is to offer the youth of the San Fernando Valley area an affordable dance education and an entry into the dance community while they still maintain their other responsibilities.

    I feel like it’s too long, but I can’t figure out how to shorten it down well…. Many thanks for any help….

  • “Put our passion into action”

  • Hands of Love and Caring Hearts is a non-profit organizations that feed and clothe the less fortunate we “Put our passion into action”

  • To raise women of great faith and influence in our church,communities here and beyond through prayer, fellowship and outreach.

  • To offer children with intellectual disabilities a a nurturing environment with an innovative, individualized life-centered education necessary to live productive, rewarding adult lives.

  • Shahid

    Impacting people’s lives by promoting health & well-being through football. Let’s play

  • brandi

    Can your cause and impact be the same?

    • Nick Small

      I think ideally, you cause will lead to your impact. The cause is what you’re trying to accomplish and the impact is what you’ve actually done and continue to do. So in a sense, yes.

  • Sarah

    Competition Martial Artists (CMA) is a not-for-profit corporation providing funding to hardworking, vibrant youth who have demonstrated a high level of commitment and integrity to the sport of Martial Arts. By lessening the financial burden these young elite athletes face we will provide them the opportunity to attend local, national and international tournaments and training events.

    Too long?? any suggestions on how to make it more concise would be greatly appreciated!

  • Chanta

    I need help with this mission statement:
    New Journey Outreach Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assist re-entry adults and youth back into society through housing, career awareness, education, and financial literacy.

    We are a non profit agency in a community who 85% of the citizens have been incarcerated. So I have an opportunity to go behind the walls of the jails and help re-entry citizens get prepared to come back out into society.. but come with a program already set up for them.

  • Renée

    We are a non-profit organization making sure that no man woman or child goes unfed,unclothed, or uneducated.

  • Tyleia Reed

    Hands Free Help ” Bringing Healthcare to the Streets” mission is to provide help to the needy through tangible gifts of kind donations, and to educate the youth and young adults on lifestyle habits through health & wellness outreach campaigns.

  • TenaciousTrainer

    It is the mission of this group to provide supervisors and managers of all management levels with a resource and outlet to handle the challenges and accomplishments of the work place through peer centered contributions.

  • chazlynn watts

    Here is our missions statement. All critiques welcome!
    We provide dance opportunities to raise awareness, hope, and funds for social change.

  • Molly Freibott

    Great article- Sub Committee meeting tomorrow- will post Mission Statement!

  • Tamara

    Life Anew Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides stable housing for homeless teen mothers (13-17) and their children, educational training (G.E.D. and remedial classes), job-readiness skills to help families establish independence.

  • Melissa Snyder

    We are a non profit organization that saves alpacas from auction and provides hands on learning through 4H, clinics, fairs and rated shows.

    • Melissa Snyder

      We
      are an Alpaca Rescue organization that preserves life while providing
      the community with life changing experiences and hands on education
      through 4H, clinics, fairs, and rated shows.

    • Melissa Snyder

      We are a non profit organization that saves and rehabilitates alpacas by providing the community with hands on learning through 4H, clinics, fairs and rated shows.

  • Cunningham Tracy

    Hi. I am trying to rework this statement into a mission statement. Can I please get some suggestions.

    Here is what the company does: ​​​
    We offer Behavioral Health, Higher Education, and Economic Development as a wrap around program to ensure a greater impact and positive outcome in the lives of many. We partner will local churches and community organizations to assist families rebuild and restore hope, love and wellness.

    Here is what they have as a mission statement:
    Our entire staff and volunteers are dedicated to maximizing responsibility, integrity and capabilities of helping families and individuals achieve and maintain stability. We are of the grounded belief that all people can succeed in a safe, diverse, and peaceful society.

    Thank you so much.

  • Powur Builder

    Because of my love for the people of Rwanda
    and my desire to walk more closely with my
    Lord Jesus Cbhrist, the missiion of Africa
    Teacher Project is to build and empower
    Christain teachers in Rwanda through financial
    aid, hope, and encouragement.

  • Tina Thomas

    We are a non profit union aimed at helping workers to be employees not independent contractors helping to bring healthcare,401k,retirement to a group of workers that don’t have that opportunity.. we are unified as 1 voice working to bring a brighter future to an industry that is voiceless

  • khris Williams

    Going After Success Program (G.A.S) Provides sports specific and Interpersonal skills
    training along with academic assistance for athletes and families in the DC, MD, VA area.

  • Andreia Bastos

    Bring to reality a Home and school for orphans to develop Environmental and Social Awareness through Permaculture and Artistic Expression.

  • Mary

    We are parents and coaches that want every child to have the chance to follow their sports dream.

    Our goal is to have every child that wants to play a sport have the opportunity to play! We will do everything possible to see that no child is left out due to the inability to pay the fees or costs of things needed for the particular sport they wish to play.

    We intend to do everything possible to help every child we can
    Our Mission is to ensure that every child has a chance to enjoy sports and learn the fundamentals.

  • Champion A child

    Trying to figure out how to be concise and clear yet get all the information in. We are a non profit that gets at risk and low income youth into mixed martial arts, wresting, boxing programs (and hope to add gymnastics soon) – focusing on teaching the kids responsibility, trust, healthy life styles and provide them positive mentorship and an appropriate outlet for their anger/behavior issues… We also create goals and plans with their parents depending on their grades/behavior issues as individuals. Anyway… I feel like our current mission statement is way too long and I want something more “catchy”. Can anyone help?I cut it down to this…

    Committed to supporting at-risk youth to unleash their positive energy by providing physical fitness, positive mentorship and a healthy outlet for a well-balanced life.

    BUT I don’t like it – I don’t feel like it really gives a pictures of what all we strive to do? I would love to add the social/team work importance that kids need too. Thanks for your time!