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Develop Vision and Mission Statements

Vision and mission statements should articulate the essence of your organization's beliefs and values and define its place in the world. They establish the long-term direction that guides every aspect of an organization's daily operations.

To distinguish between the two, a vision statement expresses an organization's optimal goal and reason for existence, while a mission statement provides an overview of the group's plans to realize that vision by identifying the service areas, target audience, and values and goals of the organization.

The following statements highlight the difference between vision and mission:

Vision: Our ultimate goal is a world without HIV/AIDS.

Mission: The mission of the Biloxi AIDS Service Organization is to help people both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS to secure adequate nutritional and health support to enhance their lives.

In drafting appropriate statements for your organization, you might think about answers to the following questions to guide you:

Vision

Mission

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