While there’s never a bad time to say thank you, the start of a new calendar year brings resolutions, habits and goals…the perfect time for fundraisers and non-profit organizations to implement a stewardship plan and intentionally practice gratitude.
Gratitude is defined as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” It’s practically a prerequisite for anybody involved in the fundraising and philanthropic community.
To celebrate the importance of gratitude, and in the spirit of giving back, we've written an in-depth guide just for you.
Our new resource examines some of the benefits that come along with gratitude, identifies 7 ways that you can use gratitude to accomplish your goals, and suggests 7 specific ways you can express gratitude to your donors and volunteers.
“Gratitude is Power and a Stewardship Plan is Your Guide” is a an easy-to-read look at gratitude and how you can implement it in your work. You can download it free here.
As we were researching and writing the guide, we came across a number of wonderful quotes about gratitude. Here are some of our favorites:
"In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich." Dietrich Bonhoeffer
In everything give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
"This a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before." Maya Angelou
"Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude." A.A. Milne
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." John F. Kennedy
“When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.” Vietnamese Proverb
For more thoughts and inspiration on gratitude, please download our latest complimentary resource, "Gratitude is Power and a Stewardship Plan is Your Guide.”