The Organizational Development Muse

A mission project form letter (I am happy to offer this service)

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

In anticipation of a new rash of these letters, we repost one of our favorites originally published in 2010.

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Each spring Lorie and I receive about thirty requests to help people we know with their missions trip or service project by making a contribution. We give to one or two each year, usually because we believe in a young person’s potential and want to assist their formative experiences.

But each spring we also marvel at the inefficiency of these projects, the cultural mis-assumptions they perpetuate, how much they seem like mere tourism, and whether there is any real religious or humanitarian benefit. Not that we are opposed to people traveling and gaining experience. We would, however, support a better way should one emerge.

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Topics: Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Whorled Viewz, Fundraising, fund raising, missions trips, peace and justice, service

Stewardship Based Leadership

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Design Group International Senior Design Partners and Senior Consultants are committed to lifelong learning. To that end, I'm currently enrolled in a financial management course offered by Christian Leadership Alliance. At the end of each two week session I have to post a reflection. This past session had me thinking about the intersection of raising money and managing the money in nonprofit organizations.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development, emell vee, steward leaders, financial management, steward leader, stewardship based leadership, nonprofit organizational management, nonprofit organizational leadership, ministry financial management, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Whorled Viewz, organizational design, fund raising