It is the start of a new year and a perfect time to start with the basics. One of the most fundamental things that nonprofit organizations can do to be prepared for developing a Grants Program is to define their organization's Mission, Vision, and Values. If you have already have written them, the start of a new year is the perfect time to review them. Vision Statements don't often change but if your vision has become outdated it might be time to update it.
What is a Vision Statement?
A Vision Statement is a one-sentence statement that defines the aspirations of the organization. It paints a picture of what the world will look like, showing the impact that you aim to create. The vision defines the desired long-term results of your nonprofit's work. It is a short, clear picture defining why you exist, it is your sense of purpose and is used to direct and guide the organization forward.
Vision Statements Examples:
Habitat for Humanity: A world where everyone has a decent place to live
Smithsonian: Shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world
Alzheimer's Association: A world without Alzheimer's
Oceana: seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy and abundant as they once were
Microsoft's original vision statement was "A computer on every desk in every home". Over the past forty years, the world has changed and the company has evolved. Microsoft's new vision statement reflect those changes, it is "to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential" allows the company to again reach into the future and make an impact.
Is your nonprofit's Vision Statement as clear and strong as it could be?
Magic Lamp Consulting & Grant Writing Services Partners with NetSquared to Launch a Central Massachusetts Group
Recently someone asked, "What makes you different?" I explained, "I am a grant consultant with a background in software and technology." If you're asking why that matters, you probably haven't had a chance to step behind the scenes of a small to mid-sized non-profit. These organizations are doing everything they can to fulfill their mission on a shoe-string budget. Most often, they have a very small staff, they start the day running and give 110%. Many of these organizations don't have their own technology staff or staff with technology expertise, leaving a knowledge gap.
I am excited to announce that Magic Lamp Consulting & Grant Writing Services will be co-organizing a NetSquared Central Massachusetts Meetup Group to help bridge the technology gap. NetSquared, a program of TechSoup, is a global network of #Tech4Good Meetups, they are volunteer-run groups with a mission to connect nonprofits with technology communities. NetSquared provides an informal way to network and learn from experts on everything pertaining to digital for nonprofits.
NetSquared Central Massachusetts has announced the first three monthly Meetups, which will be held at the Leominster Public Library.
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As Thanksgiving approaches and I sit listening to the sounds of the Trans Siberian Orchestra's "Carol of the Bells" penetrate my soul, I am inspired to take pause and reflect on where my journey has brought me. Life has been a crazy adventure with lots of twists and turns that have brought me to where I am today. With sadness comes joy, with downs there are ups and adversity opens the door for opportunity.
I am honored and fulfilled to have a career in grant writing. It allows me the opportunity to collaborate with amazing nonprofit organizations that are making an impact every day in our communities. These organizations influence people of all ages, cultures, incomes and from all walks of life. They are educational organizations dedicated to cultivating a sense of inquiry and encouraging a sense of curiosity in students; animal welfare organizations making an immense difference in the quality of life of vulnerable animals, and health support organizations that provide a healing community for patients that may be dealing with a devastating diagnosis. These organizations are vital to our communities. They are dedicated and work tirelessly to bring about hope and positive change. Today I am grateful. I am grateful for those who dedicate their lives to make an impact, to make society a better place, and are driven to make a difference.