Spend money to meet mission

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Spend money to meet mission

By: grabitsdm | June 24, 2009
Education Outreach at the Minnesota Historical Society recently took a survey of how history education works at local historical organizations in our state. One of the more compelling statistics that emerged from those that answered relates to financially planning to accomplish mission. One of the questions was whether or not the organization had a line item in its budget for school tours. Forty-two percent said that they did. A later question asked for an estimate of the number of school children served on tours. Of those served, 82 percent of all of the children went to an organization that had a line item in its budget for school tours. This seems to indicate the usefulness of intentional planning to accomplish goals that further mission.

What goals have you specifically planned to accomplish through your budget? Is there any success that seems to work without the organization having to cultivate the activity?