The following is a paper that was written during a course that occurred within the requirements for Master’s of Administration from Central Michigan University. First, you can view the Introduction of the problem below as text and then download the research from Scribd for further reading.
The stage of a non-profit organization’s life that carries with it the greatest number of decisions, situations, and causes for action has to be the creation stage. In the initial development of a non-profit organization, certain decisions are made such as choosing a mission, setting a direction, and creating the first strategic action plan. I am currently involved in the formation of a non-profit organization whose mission is to “enhance the lives of students by expanding the scope of learning.” (OMIA, 2007)
This broad mission statement is more focused within the function of the organization: activities that bring outside music inside Michigan’s K-12 classrooms. This is the first way that this new organization, the OMIA Foundation, seeks to carry out its mission. However, the OMIA Foundation is not solely driven by its mission statement or its founder (me, the author).
This paper describes various steps that I will take as Chairman of this newly created non-profit. I will address the leadership decisions that I faced from the inception of the organization until it was steadily up and running. This is an actual account of the past several months, a reflection paper, and concludes in the present day. There is no better way to witness leadership happening than to create situations that call for it.