Webster’s dictionary defines stewardship as, “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.”
As an adoptive parent, I can understand stewardship. Bringing a child who once belonged to different parents into your home is an act of stewardship. In fact, before the adoption is finalized and before you become the legal parent of the child, you’re called the child’s “steward.” You’ve been entrusted to care for a person which is not yet your own.
Here at EnergyCAP, we promote good stewardship intentionally. In fact, it’s one of the four core values that drive EnergyCAP, Inc. as a company:
And if you think about it, even our product (utility bill management software) and related service offerings (Bill CAPture, Smart CAPture, etc.) are all about good stewardship—helping our clients manage their energy resources responsibly and effectively with the greatest economy of time and other resources. Many of our readers spend their work days, or even their entire careers, caring for something not their own!
But there’s another application of stewardship that’s important to many at our company—the stewardship of money. And if we can get beyond seeing money as “our own,” the stewardship concept can be transformative.
Even if we earn money with our own two hands, who gave us our hands? Even if we work 60 hours a week, who gave us our time? Even if we dream up brilliant ideas, who gave us our minds? The capacity to earn money is a gift, and so the money itself is a gift too. Managing that gift can become an act of good stewardship, and a way to honor the Giver.
With this mindset, we operate three giving programs at EnergyCAP, Inc.:
Through MEG, employees give to charitable organizations that are important to them, and the company matches the gifts. In 2016, employees gave to dozens of charities like:
There are far too many charities to list here, but other causes important to our valued employees include medical research, leadership development, crisis counseling, substance abuse relief, and athletic sponsorship.
Another giving program is PEG. Through PEG, employees can choose to have a gift amount automatically deducted from their paychecks and given to one or two particular charities. This way, they don’t have to think about it; the donation just happens.
The two charities are:
We’re thankful for the generosity of our employees who give as part of the MEG and PEG programs.
In addition to employee-generated giving in 2016, the company also supported organizations that do good work around the world to:
This holiday season, we’re extremely thankful for the capacity to work, earn money, and help others be good stewards of what they’ve been given.
Happy Holidays from EnergyCAP, Inc.!