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Defining Mission and Vision (Part 3 of The Foundation Center's Webinar Series for Nonprofit Startup Organizations)

Feb 01, 2008

Are you considering starting a nonprofit organization, or do you already run or work for a nonprofit startup? The Foundation Center held a special five-part webinar series just for you, and now you can view all the recorded webinars. A strong nonprofit needs a vital mission, clear lines of accountability, reliable and diverse revenue streams, and high-quality programs and services. This webinar series guides you through these issues to help you start off on solid footing and learn to build an effective organization.

Part 3: Defining Mission and Vision

You know what your nonprofit does, but how do you lead decision makers to agree on a handful of words that articulate your purpose and the goals you want to achieve? Whether your organization is new or you're reconsidering mission and vision for strategic planning, this one-hour program will explain the importance of distilling your message and offer ways to engage your board and staff in developing statements they can own.

Before founding Oliver Tessier & Associates in 2001, Oliver Tessier was executive director of the Support Center of Washington, the most comprehensive training and consulting resource for nonprofits in the metropolitan DC area at that time. Under his leadership, the Center served approximately 2,500 nonprofits annually, initiating two separate series of Nonprofit Leadership Development Institutes with Georgetown University. For the Support Center Mr. Tessier provided consulting services; he also designed and delivered many public presentations and professional development workshops. In previous roles, Mr. Tessier was vice president for finance and administration for Planned Parenthood of New York City and the first organizational development officer for the Public Education Network. At present, he is a member of BoardSource's Editorial Advisory Board and a columnist for Associations Now. Mr. Tessier works as a consultant and facilitator, specializing in planning, governance, and leadership development.

Download the presentation handouts (PDF, 71KB)

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