Assignment 1:
Developing a Vision and
Mission Statement

Due Week
2 and worth 140 points

Township of Goodness Falls is a medium-sized town in a rural part of the state.
The township is facing several issues and the mayor feels that before raising
taxes to cover these items, the time is now to get out in front of the issues by
forming a fundraising committee or looking for an established nonprofit agency
to help search for grants to help the city and the police department. The city
needs to look for a grant, or grants, to pay for police equipment and computer
training for the entire force. The police badly need four (4) new computers,
twelve (12) bulletproof vests, eight (8) telephones and two (2) motorcycles (or
horses) to catch criminals on foot. Once an agency is selected or a committee is
formed internally, the township will also need funding for eighteen (18) street
lights for a high-crime neighborhood and there is a suggestion to form a task
force to count the broken windows in another neighborhood and begin the process
of getting those repaired or replaced. This morning, someone else added that the
fire department would soon need a new fire truck.

For this
assignment, pretend that you work for a nonprofit organization in this township
and you are already on a standing committee for community development. You have
just heard about the city’s needs, and you have approached the Director to ask
if you can work on this project. The director has given you this approval, if
your agency can get the computer training portion of the grant monies. The
director mentioned that there may be a person in the community who may be
willing to donate a motorcycle to the city through your nonprofit agency. Your
committee does not meet again for another week, and you have been tasked with
rewriting the vision and mission statements for the agency to include these new
projects. Keep in mind the overarching statement from the agency was a combined
vision and mission statement of the agency “…an organization which strives to
provide the highest quality response and help to the community through clear
communication, training, shared knowledge, and accountability.” You will revise
the broad statement into two (2) statements, a vision statement and mission
statement. These will comprise the road map for the rest of the assignments. Use
the Internet to locate references that will help you to write powerful vision
and mission statements for grant proposals, and gain insight into how
organizations and nonprofits view vision and mission statements.

Note: Goodness Falls is a fictitious town in an
unknown state.

Write a
four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:

  1. Create a vision statement that
  1. the values or beliefs that
    inform your work.
  2. what you would ultimately hope
    to accomplish as a result of your efforts.
  1. Create a mission statement that
  1. how the standing committee
    plans to work toward this broad vision.
  2. who the organization
  1. Evaluate both your mission and vision
    statements to see if they:
  1. are clear and
  2. reflect your values and
  3. demonstrate a commitment to
    serving the public good.
  4. are
  1. Propose changes that you can make based
    on your findings in Criteria 3a to 3d.
  2. Determine the most immediate needs for
    the community first and then rate them in a ranking order by most urgent to
    least urgent.
  3. Determine which of these needs will
    translate into effective proposals. (This decision will be the basis for your
    foundation and corporate searches.)
  4. Include at least three (3) references (no
    more than five [5] years old) from material outside the textbook.

assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New
    Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and
    references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor
    for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title
    of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title,
    and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the
    required assignment page length.

specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment

  • Analyze the major segments of the grants
    community: the Federal Awarding Agency, the Pass-Through Entity, and the
  • Design a proposal by learning how
    marketing, analysis, planning, designing, estimating, and publishing play a part
    in the process.
  • Use technology and information resources
    to research issues in grants management and proposal writing.
  • Write clearly and concisely about grants
    management and proposal writing using proper writing mechanics.