The first organization I chose was Illinois Action for Children. I have a lot of experience with this organization as a participant and former co-worker. Illinois Action for Children is a nonprofit organization that helps middle-to-low income families’ finds and helps financially support the finding of childcare services while parents work or attend school. They also offer educational programs and services for childcare providers to help them obtain grants and other professionally developmental programs to improve their child care facilities. Illinois Action for Children
“Illinois Action for Children is a catalyst for organizing, developing and supporting strong families and powerful communication where children matter most”.
Illinois Action for Children went with the one clear sentence mission statement. In choosing this option I think that the organization fell short in revealing the exact purpose of their organization. It states that they organize, develop, and support families but my question is how? The mission statement failed in letting me know the activities that they do to help organize, develop and support strong families. I equated that the value being “where children matter most”.
I would choose the second version of the mission statements a more extensive presentation. In the option I will be able to elaborate and clearly state what the organization is about and what they do. Revised Mission Statement:
Illinois Action for Children is a catalyst for developing and supporting strong families. We offer financial assistance and supportive programs to ensure the best childcare services and options for you and your family, always knowing that children matter most.
The next nonprofit organization I chose was the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. This organization partners with individual donors, foundations, corporations, governments, and others to build the critical network of support that funds and enables the work of carefully matching children with caring adult mentors and providing ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor and child family’s. Big Brothers Big Sisters
“provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever”.
They also chose the one sentence mission statement. Their mission statement to me, did hot up all the items in the checklist. The beneficiaries would be the children of course and the purpose is clearly stated. The value is the changing of a child’s life by building strong and enduring professional relationships.
The only thing that I would add to this mission statement would be a brief description of the activities that the children encounter to empower them. The program requires the “Big” to enlist at least a couple of hours every month. The activities can range anywhere from playing catch to providing advice and inspiration. Revised Mission Statement:
Big Brothers Big Sisters provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships. Providing advice, inspiration, and other fun activities will change your child’s life for the better, forever.