Stop Mission Creep Now

How to Keep the Creep Out of Your Nonprofit

face cracking decorativeWhat is mission creep or drift? A disease that inflicts nonprofits that chase after money. Why is mission creep such a dread disease? You waste energy for short-term gain that you otherwise would invest to gain a sustainable income. 

Karen’s Mission Creep Stopper

When you identify a new revenue opportunity, use this question to avoid mission drift. 

If it wasn’t for the money, would we do this? 

 A “no” indicates mission drift. Still baffled? Try:   

  • Diving Deep into Your Mission. Get clear. What is your work? What belongs to others? Try drawing a picture. Now, ask Karen’s Mission Stopper question.
  • Seeking Counsel. Ask a trusted, astute outsider, such as a foundation staff, retired competitor, or consultant. Outline the opportunity. Share how it might enhance your mission. Are they convinced?  Do they think you might be dealing with mission drift?

Inoculate Yourself Against the Creep 

Do you know the ultimate cure for mission creep? A steady focus on the activities you know will bring your sustainability and more. To identify your best options, determine your income strategy. My book, 7 Nonprofit Income Streams outlines how to create customized strategies.  Read the first chapter for free.

Karen Eber Davis

Before founding her firm, Karen Eber Davis developed the Sarasota County Community Development Block Grant Program. Under her leadership, this infant program received the National Association of Counties National Affordable Housing Award for the Down Payment Assistance Program. To date, the program helped over 1,800 families realize their dreams of homeownership. She also worked with the City of Ft. Lauderdale and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, where she developed the division’s first audit program. In an earlier position at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tampa, she organized senior, youth, and children groups plus family activities. Her youth staffing work with the Florida Synod of the Lutheran Church in America supported youth ministries in 120 congregations in Florida.