About Mission + Strategy Consulting

Mission + Strategy (“M+S”) was founded by Jean Butzen in 2006. She founded M+S to help nonprofit organizations become stronger and expand their impact through strategic collaborations. Jean’s leadership was 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.

Today, M+S is the largest provider of nonprofit collaboration services in the Midwest.

With Jean retiring at the end of 2023, Judie and Greg are honored and excited to carry forward the Mission + Strategy legacy. In today’s world, leveraging collaboration as a solution is more important than ever. We thank Jean for her contributions to the field and look forward to igniting even more community transformation through collaboration.

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.