Mission is described as the overall objective and purpose of the organization.


An organization was given a large multi-year grant to raise the economic level of a particular neighborhood. As a condition of the grant, most of the Board of Directors had to come from the community. People who were most influential on the Board were leaders of existing organizations. Although there were a few Board members who represented those who should benefit from economic development, they were not sophisticated or strong enough to influence the Board's strategy.

The Board voted to form committees and authorized each committee to disperse grant money the way they saw fit. Some committees gave money to other organizations. Few of the organizations had programs that advanced economic development.