by Edward Pater, The Development Resource Center
Almost everyone in the nonprofit communities understands and uses the concept of stewardship. In this time when so many of our organizations face serious challenges to their financial health it is important to see stewardship as not only the proper care of what has been entrusted to us but also the recognition of and the care for the possibilities at hand. There is potential “out there,” we can ignore it or we can use it – that will be the measure of our stewardship.
The beginning of development simply must be a passion for excellence. That means that our organization must have a well defined mission. We need to be committed to exemplary standards in our management of human and of financial resources.