Determining the Mission and Purpose of a Nonprofit Board

A nonprofit board is responsible for developing a clearly stated mission statement that can help drive the entire organization.

The board and staff should periodically review the mission statement to ensure that it’s still valid.

It should articulate whom the board serves and explain what makes it distinctive.

A good mission statement should play a major role in decisions about the organization’s activities, such as organizational planning, board and staff decisions about programs and services, volunteer initiatives, and priorities among competing demands for scarce resources.

The board should periodically assess what the organization does to ensure that it is not drifting away from its intended mission.

The mission sets the stage for developing fundraising strategies, and serves as a benchmark for sustaining the confidence of those who support the organization.

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Heather L. Cozby is a CPA on the South Shore and Cape Cod. The managing partner of Cozby & Company, LLC, Heather has the resources and experience necessary to provide quality professional services on a timely basis and at a reasonable cost. She specializes in tax planning & preparation; audit, review & compilation services; management advisory services; bookkeeping; and accounting. Her unique niche is in working with homeowners’ associations and condominium trusts, advising with rental real estate, and providing outsourced financial consulting for mid-sized companies. She is more entrepreneurial than most accountants, and offers the best of both worlds - providing the services of a larger firm while retaining the ability to connect with her clients on a personal level.
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