Actually, we have always had them. As a not fo profit in the United States,
we are required to have a mission statement, because we are accepting money.
People have a right to know what they are giving money to, and that is laid
out in the mission statement.
For instance, Wikimedia cannot decide to spend 100,000 euros on sending food
to Darfur because--even though it is a worthy cause--it lies outside the
scope of our mission. This helps to ensure to our donors that the money they
give us us used specifically for the development and spread of free
In a message dated 10/29/2006 6:48:38 AM Eastern Standard Time,
On 10/29/06, Alphax (Wikipedia email) <alphasigmax(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 10/29/06, Michael Snow
For example, we worked on drafting a formal
vision and mission statement
The problem is that that is what I'm rather worried the answer would
be. We appear to have got on okay without one and I tend to feel that
haveing one would risk giving rule lawyers more aminition.
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