Urban Systems (urbansystems.ca) is a professional consulting firm based in Western Canada. Founded in 1975, our higher calling is to provide 'spirit in service for vibrant communities'. In 1999, we created The Urban Systems Foundation which is a registered charity and is the vehicle for our charitable giving.
We are looking for a new logo for our Foundation.
Recently, we updated our vision, mission and guiding principles for our Foundation and so here they are:
The Urban Systems Foundation serves as a vehicle for giving back – a tangible expression of the spirit of generosity and appreciation which is integral to Urban Systems’ way of being.
Our Mission is to be a catalyst for change, enhancing the well-being of communities by enabling and building human capacity.
Recognizing our objective of empowering many people to be engaged and involved in Foundation activities, in combination with our objective of not being overly prescriptive with rules and regulations, there is a need for some guidance for making well-considered decisions. It is not a “free-for-all”.
The purpose of these guiding principles then is to provide guidance to individuals and teams in identifying, evaluating and deciding on projects and initiatives that will best serve to carry the Vision forward and support the Mission of the Foundation.
• Community youth focus – we contribute to building vibrant communities, with emphasis on having a positive impact on youth
• Emphasis on giving back – for every project or initiative, the driving motivation is to make a positive difference, with no expectation of any business benefits to Urban Systems in return
• Sphere of influence – projects and initiatives are driven by and engage Urban Systems staff, as well as their families, and potentially can be leveraged to include clients, suppliers and business partners
• Partnering – projects and initiatives are delivered in partnership with complementary organizations, and recognize the importance of building and sustaining relationships
• Responsibility – projects and initiatives are “owned” by one or more individuals who are passionately committed to following through with implementation
• Multiple expressions of generosity – projects and initiatives are designed to facilitate the generosity of Urban Systems staff in different ways. Financial contributions serve to enable projects; equally or more important is the contribution by staff of their time, expertise, creativity and passion.
• Communities where we live and work – projects and initiatives sponsored by Backyard Teams emphasize involvement with communities where Urban Systems staff live and work
• Communities beyond our “backyard” – profound needs elsewhere motivate us to also engage with select communities overseas and in Canada. Examples include Ugandan communities in Africa and aboriginal communities in Canada. The objective is to enhance community wellbeing through building human capacity within those communities.
• Stewardship – it is our responsibility to be good stewards to ensure wise use and allocation of the generous contributions which have been entrusted to us
• Impact – focus on situations with the potential to be a big part of something small, on an ongoing basis over the long term
• Communications – ongoing commitment to building and sustaining awareness and understanding among Urban Systems staff and externally with friends of the Foundation – through storytelling, sharing experiences, providing information, and engaging in possibility thinking
• Indicators – being intentional about regular monitoring to assess how, where and to what degree we are making a difference to ensure effectiveness of our contributions and to guide future planning