Hal Simon, Chairman of the Board of the SCA, writes:
In 2005, in pursuit of the goal to professionalize the corporate operations of the SCA, the Board of Directors began the process of creating the necessary mission and business statements to define the Society’s scope and purpose as a nonprofit 501.c.3 corporation.
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management lists a mission statement as one of the primary characteristics of a successful nonprofit organization. They site the needs for a clearly defined mission statement, a dynamic and active board of directors, and an organization-wide commitment to set values and goals as vital to success in the nonprofit sector.
To quote the National Endowment for the Arts, “Mission, Business, and Values Statements are the glue which holds an organization together. They describe what you are trying to do, how you want to go about it, and where you are headed. Knowing these things helps keep an organization on track, and provides a yardstick to measure present performance and plans against aspirations and values.”
A Mission Statement helps define what an organization wants to achieve. Why does the organization exist? What does it ultimately wish to accomplish? Mission statements must be neither too broad in scope nor too narrow in focus, or they will not successfully represent an organization’s purpose.
A Business Statement outlines the framework with which an organization chooses to pursue its mission, provide for its members, and answers the question, “How will we work to facilitate the accomplishment of our organizational goals?”
A Values Statement outlines the principles and beliefs held in common by members of the organization, which are used as a guide in the accomplishment of the mission.
To that end, the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. has created the following three articles and places them before the membership for commentary and input. Commentary should be directed to email@example.com, and should be submitted by April 1, 2008.
The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA) is an international organization devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century life, encouraging its participants to employ a knowledge of history to enrich their lives and the lives of others through events, demonstrations, and other educational venues.
As a 501.c.3 corporation the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA) provides the necessary business structure for the operation of its official branches, for the coordination of centralized policies and practices, and for the dissemination of information to its international constituency of participants.
As an organization the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) values the principles of chivalry, honor, personal integrity, and artistry idealized in pre-Seventeenth century culture and society.
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
Milpitas, CA 95036
You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.