Submitted by Shawn Durr on December 13, 2023 - 11:37

2023: The Year in Review

As we reflect on this past year, our hearts are filled with gratitude for the incredible journey and the impactful strides we have made together. In 2023, our commitment to building healthy nonprofits and fostering thriving communities has propelled us to forge new partnerships and broaden our reach.

Diverse Array of Clients At the Forefront of Social Impact

We were delighted to welcome a diverse array of organizations to our growing family of clients, each representing a vital sector of the nonprofit landscape. Our engagements in the mental health, low-income housing, family foundation, and housing development sectors have presented us with unique opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate with organizations at the forefront of social impact.

Creating Space for Collaborative Conversations

Throughout the year, our team has been dedicated to knowledge-sharing and fostering meaningful conversations. We have had the privilege of presenting at prestigious forums such as Renaissance Executive Forums, esteemed universities like the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Regis College, as well as prominent events like the IARF annual conference, North Park University annual conference, and IARF Futures – an emerging leadership workshop series. Additionally, we took a leap into the digital realm by launching our own webinar series. All these endeavors were aimed at creating spaces for collaborative conversations that drive innovation and best practices in the nonprofit sector.

The Power of Knowledge Sharing

This year marked the introduction of our monthly newsletter and blog, serving as channels to share valuable resources, success stories, and industry updates. These platforms stand as testaments to our belief in the power of knowledge sharing and collaboration. We are thrilled by the positive reception they've received and are encouraged by the engagement of our community.

A Legacy of Collaboration, Innovation and Advocacy

As we look ahead to the new year, we carry forward not just the lessons learned, connections made, and impact achieved but also a profound appreciation for the foundation laid by Jean Butzen, the visionary founder of Mission + Strategy. Jean has been instrumental in shaping the ethos of our organization, instilling a culture of collaboration, innovation, and client-centered advocacy. Her leadership and unwavering dedication have left an indelible mark on our organization and the broader community we serve.

Creating Solutions for People and Communities

Our client organizations have left a notable impact as well. For instance, in response to evolving funding challenges, we've witnessed our clients join forces with like-minded organizations to pool resources and expertise, creating solutions that address the ever-changing needs of their communities. This collaborative spirit extends to decision-making processes, where shared power is embraced as a cornerstone. Moreover, our clients are champions of empathy and equity, actively working to dismantle barriers and create opportunities for success. Their commitment to placing the needs of people and communities at the forefront of their endeavors is evident in every decision they make, showcasing a dedication that manifests in action.


We extend our deepest gratitude to each one of you for being an integral part of such a successful and impactful year. Here's to a new year filled with continued growth, meaningful collaboration, and positive change.