"As stewards of the public’s trust and the resources invested in an organization, board members (and staff) have an obligation to ensure that the organization uses its resources as effectively as possible to advance its charitable mission." –Principles For Good Governance and Ethical Practice

PRINCIPLE 19

The board should establish and review regularly the organization’s mission and goals and should evaluate, no less frequently than every five years, the organization’s programs, goals, and activities to be sure they advance its mission and make prudent use of its resources.

When resources are limited, we often think of planning for our organizations as a luxury, like that spa treatment we’d get if only we had some mad money or the decadent chocolate cupcakes that we’d eat if we could afford the calories. While planning does involve an investment of time and resources, it is essential to the health of our organizations. Instead of the decadent cupcake we can’t afford to eat, think of it as the milk, full of calcium that helps us build strong organizational bones and keeps us healthy as we grow.

Best practices suggest we do strategic planning every 3-5 years to evaluate the overall health of our organization and have shared conversation about our organization’s mission, and core values and how to translate those into real change in our community (mission impact). This stewardship conversation helps identify the most strategic issues to address to move our missions forward and provides critical information to our board and staff, enabling them to effectively make the compelling case for support.

Whatever your preferred process is, consider how your organization can be the best stewards of the resources entrusted to you.

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