Organisational Purposes

Organisations are established for all sorts of reasons.  Some are to raise money for a particular cause, some to deliver a service or some to represent the views of people from a particular geographic area etc.  Organisations should be very clear on the purpose for which they exist and these purposes should be clearly outlined in the governing document of the organisation.


What is your mission?

Example mission statements:

"To increase recognition for volunteering, enable community engagement and maximise the impact of civic involvement." (Volunteer Now)

"To work for the child's right to play." (PlayBoard)

One of the fundamental questions for any group or organisation is, "what is our purpose?" The mission statement should clearly define your purpose. It is a short, formal statement about:

Vision, Mission and Values

The Management Committee of the organisation has the responsibility for both establishing and protecting the overarching purpose, fundamental values and ethical principles which govern the activities of the organisation.  These are often referred to as the vision, mission and values. Your vision, mission, and values form the foundation of your organisation and its planning for the future.