About Mission + Strategy Consulting

Mission + Strategy Consulting (“M+S”) was founded by Jean Butzen, President, in 2006. As President/CEO of Lakefront Supportive Housing during its merger with Mercy Housing, Jean learned that mergers and other forms of strategic restructuring could help nonprofit agencies expand their impact. She founded M+S Consulting to help nonprofit organizations become stronger through mergers, partnerships, and other forms of restructuring. Today, M+S is the largest provider of nonprofit restructuring services in the Midwest.
Since its inception, M+S has completed more than 60 separate mergers and partnership transactions with our clients, and reviewed dozens more proposed collaborations. We can help a single nonprofit go from “Me” to “You and Me” to “We” through our unique consulting services.

Our restructuring areas of expertise

  • Nonprofit mergers 
  • Asset acquisitions
  • Parent-subsidiary arrangements 
  • Joint ventures 
  • Partnerships
  • Collaborations
  • Networks

Our consulting services

  • Facilitating identification of the mission, vision, values, and strategic planning goals between partners 
  • Preparing the business case for a strategic alignment 
  • Negotiating partner agreements
  • Coordinating the steps leading to closing and launch
  • Implementing a new operating agreement

Our mission statement

To strategically utilize restructuring strategies to accelerate social value in the nonprofit sector.

Our firm holds the following values:

We partner with our clients to embrace change by asking the ”big questions” and designing “big solutions”


We provide superior service, value, and products, addressing everything from the smallest detail to the big picture


We intentionally create processes and environments that honor the diversity of experiences and reflect the value of differences


We believe in the power of many voices and ideas, and we act to leverage that power into impact

M+S DEI Statement

Our Difference is our Strength: The M+S DEI Statement

At M+S we believe being different is a strength. We work with people from all walks of life, and find a common purpose. In our consulting practice we draw on everyone’s experience, how they think, and who they are. We find that diversity maximizes strategy for the nonprofit sector.