How to supplement your mission statement

It’s often advisable to supplement your mission statement with an addendum containing more detail. As a donor, you may wish to include documentation outlining: 

• Your principles and beliefs 
• Preferred operating principles 
• Grantmaking guidelines 
• Succession directions 

Some donors choose a more visual route, sitting down with an interviewer to record a video of themselves explaining their values, principles, background, and vision. You may wish to further supplement this video with other recordings of board members (or colleagues who know you well) sharing their history with you and their understanding of your philanthropic priorities.  

Other donors craft a legacy statement to more fully communicate their sensibilities across time to directors, staff, and family. Another option is to include notes, letters, and speeches that capture your personal history and the nuances and richness of your intentions. 

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Ideas for supplementing your mission statement