Examples of Mission Statements with Commitments to Diversity/Inclusiveness


Many inclusive organizations strive to address their commitment to inclusiveness in their mission statements as well as through other mechanisms such as an inclusiveness statement.

However, some organizations find that inclusiveness is best addressed through means other than a mission statement.

For example, the mission of a fictional animal welfare organization is to "provide shelter and care for animals in need." In this case, because the mission is narrowly defined to focus on animal welfare, it might not be appropriate to address issues of inclusiveness within the organization's mission.

Depending in part on the outcomes from your information gathering, you will have the opportunity to consider whether or not your organization needs a mission statement change to fully address issues of inclusiveness.

Here are some examples of mission statements that have been designed to include a commitment to inclusiveness:

The Chinook Fund: The Chinook Fund is committed to the transformation of society into one that promotes social justice and freedom from oppression, including but not limited to, racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, and ableism. (The Chinook Fund, http://www.chinookfund.org/)

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy: NCRP is an independent nonprofit that works to strengthen the nonprofit sector and improve its ability to represent and serve individuals politically, economically, or socially disadvantaged, by promoting greater philanthropic openness and accountability. (The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, http://www.ncrp.org/)

Denver School of Science and Technology: The Denver School of Science and Technology is dedicated to providing a diverse student body with an outstanding liberal arts high school education with a science and technology focus. By creating a powerful learning community centered on core values and a shared commitment to academic excellence, DSST will increase the number of underrepresented students (women, minorities and economically disadvantaged) who attain college science and liberal arts degrees. DSST graduates will be responsible, engaged citizens who are prepared to be leaders of the future. (The Denver School of Science and Technology, http://www.scienceandtech.org/)


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Examples of Values Statements with Commitments to Diversity/Inclusiveness