Regardless of their size, most businesses have some sort of mission statement meant to guide the focus and general intent of their daily activities. But it’s not only the typical business that benefits from the clarity of a mission statement. Many non-conventional organizations, as well as sole proprietorships, have them: poetry websites, yoga studios, and classic car dealers — just to name a few. Even some families craft mission statements to direct and guide their daily communication and function in their lives together.

Why develop a mission statement for your donor advised fund?

Developing a mission statement for your donor advised fund will clarify and give focus to your philanthropic giving. When writing out a statement for your charitable giving, try to stay as clear and concise as possible. Some of the best mission statements are between one and four sentences, but you can always go longer, if necessary.

If you plan to involve extended family and younger generations in the philanthropic process, it’s a good idea to invite them to help develop the mission statement as well. Giving all family members an opportunity to contribute to the process will foster a sense of belonging and inspire a deeper concern for the overall purpose.

When you begin the dialogue about developing a mission, asking the following questions may help fuel ideas and creativity:

  1. What common values will guide your family’s philanthropic giving? For instance, discuss ideas, traditions, experiences, and important events that influence your family culture and make it unique.
  2. What needs or issues do you hope to address and impact with your giving? In other words, what do you hope to achieve? Perhaps your family places a high value on academic excellence, sustainable environments, green spaces, or community development. Choose a cause that ignites passions and energizes even the youngest family members.
  3. How will you choose which charities will receive grants? Discuss and agree upon criteria that any chosen charities must meet to become candidates for consideration.
  4. How will you measure progress? Decide upon what indicators demonstrate your efforts are having a positive impact.

Once completed, your donor advised fund mission statement will act as the driving force behind your philanthropic giving strategy. It will speak specifically to the charitable mission and purpose, but should also allow for flexibility as time passes.  So go ahead and give it a try!

About iGiftFund

iGiftFund is an IRS-recognized, independent, public charity that sponsors donor advised funds.  Its mission is to inspire donors to create, preserve and distribute their philanthropic legacy and to make a truly remarkable impact on the lives of others, including the donor.

With the hallmarks of simplicity, accessibility and low administrative fees, iGiftFund sets the standard of excellence in the industry and distinguishes itself from the large, national commercial and independent DAF sponsors. Based in Hudson, Ohio, iGiftFund works nationally with donors and with financial advisors on their familiar investment platform, in open architecture. iGiftFund’s administrative fees are the most competitive in the industry, starting at just 45 basis points on the first $500,000 tier.