From the SCA Board of Directors - A Call for Comments on proposed Mission / Business / Values statements for the SCA
- From the Board of Directors
In 2005, in pursuit of the goal to professionalize the corporate
operations of the SCA, the Board of Directors began the process of
creating the necessary mission and business statements to define the
Society's scope and purpose as a nonprofit 501.c.3 corporation.
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management lists a mission statement as one
of the primary characteristics of a successful nonprofit organization.
They cite the needs for a clearly defined mission statement, a dynamic
and active board of directors, and an organization-wide commitment to
set values and goals as vital to success in the nonprofit sector.
To quote the National Endowment for the Arts, "Mission, Business, and
Values Statements are the glue which holds an organization together.
They describe what you are trying to do, how you want to go about it,
and where you are headed. Knowing these things helps keep an
organization on track, and provides a yardstick to measure present
performance and plans against aspirations and values."
A Mission Statement helps define what an organization wants to achieve.
Why does the organization exist? What does it ultimately wish to
accomplish? Mission statements must be neither too broad in scope nor
too narrow in focus, or they will not successfully represent an
A Business Statement outlines the framework with which an organization
chooses to pursue its mission, provide for its members, and answers the
question, "How will we work to facilitate the accomplishment of our
A Values Statement outlines the principles and beliefs held in common by
members of the organization, which are used as a guide in the
accomplishment of the mission.
To that end, the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative
Anachronism, Inc. has created the following three articles and places
them before the membership for commentary and input.
*Mission statement: * The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
(SCA) is an international organization devoted to the research and
re-creation of pre-seventeenth century life, encouraging its
participants to employ a knowledge of history to enrich their lives
and the lives of others through events, demonstrations, and other
*Business statement: * As a 501.c.3 corporation the Society for
Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA) provides the necessary business
structure for the operation of its official branches, for the
coordination of centralized policies and practices, and for the
dissemination of information to its international constituency of
*Value statement: * As an organization the Society for Creative
Anachronism (SCA) values the principles of chivalry, honor, personal
integrity, and artistry idealized in pre-Seventeenth century culture
The Directors request comments from the membership regarding this
proposed revision no later than April 1st, 2008. Please send them to:
Milpitas CA, 95036
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