Mary Black Foundation Reflects on Organizational ValuesToday’s blog is written by Molly Talbot-Metz, the Mary Black Foundation’s President/CEO. She recently reflected on the Foundation’s stated values and how our values are demonstrated through the work we do every day in the community.
Organizational ValuesThere are lots of definitions of “organizational values,” but, essentially, they are the stated ideals for which an organization stands. I like the definition put forth by Patrick Jinks in his book, “Strategic Fail: Why Nonprofit Strategic Planning Fails & How to Fix it.” Patrick says that an organization’s values are its rules:
the foundational core upon which an organization operates, the boundaries by which it abides, and the guiding principles that influence the culture of the organization.That definition challenges organizational leaders to ensure that the stated values are more than a bunch of nice sounding words listed on the website. The Mary Black Foundation’s staff and Board of Trustees strive to make sure that all we do is aligned with our values (ICARE):
- Impact: Our results improve and transform people’s lives.
- Collaboration: We connect with others to make our community stronger.
- Accountability: We are responsible stewards of the Foundation’s assets.
- Respect: We are open, inclusive, and caring.
- Equity: We believe all people should have the opportunity to succeed.