A mission statement defines in a paragraph or so any entity's reason for existence. It embodies its philosophies, goals, ambitions and mores. Any entity that attempts to operate without a mission statement runs the risk of wandering through the world without having the ability to verify that it is on its intended course.

It is our hope that the mission statements that we've collected from some of the world's largest and smallest organizations and families will provide you with ideas and inspirations for defining your own mission statement