All charitable organizations start off with the best intentions. Christian-based non-profits have the added task of making sure all of the good work they do is also centered around Christ.
However, it’s easy for those same organizations, full of hard workers and very smart people, to lose their way. It takes time for groups to step completely off the path they had originally laid out for themselves. But by the time leaders realize what’s happened, it can be too late.
Peter Greer is a dear friend of mine and a man who believes in the importance of making the world a better place. He is the president and CEO of HOPE International, a faith-based organization that provides loans to those living in poverty in other countries so they can become productive members of the community.
Peter knows his stuff. He has worked for World Relief and was director of Urwego Community Banking in Rwanda. He understands what it means to combine faith and humanitarian efforts.
His new book with Chris Horst, “Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches,” looks at one of the biggest challenges for organizations like HOPE International. Organizations slip from their mission until the two are no longer connected.
A famous example is the YMCA. How many people who regularly go can even explain the title? “Mission Drift” can happen to any organization, not just those with religious components.
“Mission Drift” opened my eyes to the ways groups can lose sight of their goals. I’m proud of the work we have done with Hope, but now I see where we too could end up losing our way.
If you are part of a non-profit or charitable organization, you owe it to yourself to read Peter’s book. I should also mention that a portion of the proceeds go to HOPE International, but buyers can also select another organization to benefit from the book’s purchase.
I hope this book helps you as much it did myself. How does your organization stay true to its goals? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time,