One vision diverged down two paths, which one took it to reality?

February 23, 2018

Vision statements should give the world a sense of what your organization aspires to do, be concise, and inspire others. Most people would argue a vision statement is only for the highest level of an organization, but I'd argue a vision is something that can exist at ANY level of a nonprofit organization. The challenge is how to devise that vision and implement it within your agency, department or work to help you make the world a better place.

Here are few vision statements that are my favorites for any number of reasons: Alzheimer’s Association: A world without Alzheimer’s; Oxfam: A just world without poverty; National Multiple Sclerosis Society: A World Free of MS; The Nature Conservancy: To leave a sustainable world for future generations; Habitat for Humanity: A world where everyone has a decent place to live; and, NPR, with its network of independent member stations, is America’s pre-eminent news institution.

As the leader in a nonprofit, having a vision of where you want to move the agency, your department, or your work is essential, but getting there requires partnerships with your stakeholders, listening to both your zealots and your critics and mapping out your strategies. Implementing your vision can be challenging, but if you weren’t up for the challenge, you wouldn’t have the job--right?

Getting your vision integrated into the existing cultural and operational environment takes more than giving it verbally, it takes adoption of that vision by all.  How do you do that?

Join me and Kauser Razvi for this key session of our new leadership series Conversations and hear more about building a 3-year strategy from your vision.  Among the topics covered will be:

  • Organizational Performance Review
  • Staff Relations: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
  • Making Your Case for Change

Building a 3-Year Strategy and Vision

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Foundation Center Midwest