50+ Non-Profit Mission Statements to Inspire Your Organization

A few weeks ago, I posted 50+ Mission Statements from businesses that get it right. Now, it's the non-profit sector's turn! So many non-profits have long drawn out mission statements that don't inspire anyone, and that's a shame because many of these organizations are doing such amazing work. Your mission statement isn't something you check off for your strategic plan — it's your rallying cry

Getting to a place where your mission statement is short and concise is no small task (if you're interested in learning how, check out this post.) It takes a lot of effort and politics, but the results are worth it. An inspiring mission statement helps donors connect with your purpose. It makes fundraising, engaging volunteers, and filling programs so much easier. And when we're all working on tighter budgets and deadlines than ever, every bit helps. 

Look through these non-profit mission statements that get it right. See how yours stacks up. Is yours dry and written by committee? Or does it actually do its job to rally people behind your organization? 

  1. "To build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." -American Heart Association

  2. "To help resource-constrained communities and nations make positive, sustainable changes that improve accessibility to a broad range of high-quality healthcare services and preventive programs." -American International Health Alliance

  3. "To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease." -American Lung Association

  4. "Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors." -American Red Cross

  5. "Empower professionals to develop knowledge & skills successfully." -American Society for Training and Development

  6. "To provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States." -ASPCA

  7. "To change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders." -Autism Speaks

  8. "To be the leader in advancing marketplace trust." -Better Business Bureau

  9. "We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities." -Big Brothers Big Sisters

  10. "Provides workforce development services to individuals and employers in Washington State." -Career Path Services

  11. "The world's largest petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see." -Change.org

  12. "Bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations." -Charity: Water

  13. "Improves the lives of young people by providing excellent clinical care with compassion and understanding, and by empowering families, schools, and communities." -Chicago Children's Clinic

  14. "Champion effective nonprofit marketing through pro bono marathons." -Createathon

  15. "To use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities." -D.C. Central Kitchen

  16. "To improve the health and quality of life of women with diabetes, and to advocate on their behalf." -Diabetes Sisters

  17. "To promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life." -Dress For Success

  18. "To promote the transition to a sustainable energy future by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy." -Energy Foundation

  19. "To preserve the natural systems on which all life depends." -Environmental Defense Fund

  20. "To end hunger in New York City by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity." -Food Bank for New York City

  21. "Serves as a conduit for food, education, and awareness between donors, volunteers, agencies and people in need." -Food Finders

  22. "To preserve and enhance the park as a recreational resource for residents, workers, and visitors in the City of Boston." -Friends of Copley Square

  23. "Defends the environment and champions a healthy and just world." -Friends of the Earth

  24. "To enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work." -Goodwill

  25. "We defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions." -Greenpeace

  26. "To put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope." -Habitat for Humanity

  27. "To help former gang members redirect their lives and become contributing members of their families and our community." -Homeboy Industries

  28. "Defends the rights of people worldwide." -Human Rights Watch

  29. "To connect people through lending to alleviate poverty." -Kiva

  30. "Dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education and advocacy." -Lupus Foundation of America

  31. "To stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking." -MADD

  32. "To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, infant mortality, and premature birth." -March of Dimes

  33. "To inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research." -Mayo Clinic

  34. "Cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage." -National Park Service

  35. "Inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future." -National Wildlife Federation

  36. "Story by story, we bring you the world." -NPR

  37. "To equip and empower our community to prevent and end homelessness through advocacy, education and coordination of services.” -One Roof

  38. "To create a belief that college is an option for everyone, and that through the program, we can make this belief a reality." -Pathways to College

  39. "To create content that educates, informs and inspires." -PBS

  40. "The increase and diffusion of knowledge." -Smithsonian

  41. "To advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment." -St. Jude Children's Hospital Research

  42. "Growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education." -Teach for America

  43. "Leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world." -The Girl Effect

  44. "Celebrating Animals, Preventing Cruelty." -The Humane Society

  45. "To expand knowledge about marine mammals—their health and that of their ocean environment—and to inspire their global conservation." -The Marine Mammal Center

  46. "Empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions." -The Mission Continues

  47. "To conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends."-The Nature Conservancy

  48. "To build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people." -The Open Society Foundations

  49. "To increase and organize investment in protecting and restoring the natural resources and communities of the Sierra Nevada." -The Sierra Fund

  50. "To promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access." -U.S. Department of Education

  51. "Create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community." -U.S. Department of State

  52. "To deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people." -U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

  53. "To honor and empower Wounded Warriors." -Wounded Warrior Project

  54. "To close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education." -Year Up