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Planning & meetings notes

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<Lesson 2 Chapter 1 Introduction Success takes hard work and lots of planning. There needs to be a strong conceptual framework and a plan of action to ensure success and longevity. In today’s lesson I will teach you how the mission statement guides a nonprofit, and explain what a strategic plan is and why every nonprofit needs one. I will also give you a set of Insider's Rules. I keep these rules with me in my office, and I make sure that my staff has a copy to refer to. They are my gift to you; use them to stay focused. They will keep you on task and they will help you guide your nonprofit in good times, and in times of confusion and uncertainty. Chapter 2 The Mission Statement Every nonprofit has a mission or reason to exist. Nonprofits write their reason on paper and call it a mission statement. The statement is central to every thing the nonprofit does now and will do in the future. It acts as a calling card for the nonprofit. It is the primary reason why any person gets involved with an organization and its activities. In the beginning every nonprofit has a reason for being created. Most of the time the reason is very clear and straightforward: a simple idea for the role the organization will play in its community. The following is an example of a clear and concise mission statement: "To inspire the people of Barton County to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors through financial generosity and volunteer commitment." Other times, the idea is rather vague and reflects a need to do something good in the community, but exactly what that is and how that will get accomplished is unclear: "We need more money and volunteers to get things done in our community." Organizations that are not focused will eventually wither from lack of organization and purpose. It is important to a nonprofit's success that it has a clear-cut purpose. This allows the nonprofit to maintain its direction and momentum, its vigor and enthusiasm. It will help the nonprofit attract members, volunteers, staff and donations. Legal Reason to Exist The mission or purpose statement guides the organization in its policy making, management style, and marketing efforts but it does not specifically address policy issues. Policy guidelines are ultimately set and approved by the Board of Directors. Every organization applying for tax-exempt status has a purpose statement. It is found in an organization's articles of incorporation and IRS tax-exempt forms. It is also the legal reason for the nonprofit to function. The IRS can revoke the tax-exempt status of an organization that does not fulfill or perform its stated purpose statement, or if it works outside of its stated purpose statement. This can result in a tax liability for the nonprofit.
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