Continuing with the series of what we can learn from the movie, The Princess Bride, here’s lesson #8.
Don’t change your mission to chase the latest thing.
The Ancient Booer: Your true love lives. And you marry another. True Love saved her in the Fire Swamp, and she treated it like garbage. And that’s what she is, the Queen of Refuse. So bow down to her if you want, bow to her. Bow to the Queen of Slime, the Queen of Filth, the Queen of Putrescence. Boo. Boo. Rubbish. Filth. Slime. Muck. Boo. Boo. Boo.
Princess Buttercup, in a dream, is presented to the public as the wife of the insipid Prince Humperdinck. She is accosted by the Ancient Booer who addresses the gathering, exclaiming how Buttercup gave up her true love, Westley.
Nonprofits sometimes are guilty of giving up their mission, their purpose for existing, in order to become more acceptable to whatever “fad” is sweeping the field, especially if funders are backing that trend with money. While every organization has to be willing to change, such adaptation must be done thoughtfully and with board discussion and debate. Mission drift can occur if money, not mission, is the key driver of decision-making about what services will be offered to what population.
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