This from Robert Matthews Johnson in his wondrous book, The First Charity, written many years ago,
There has been much talk about community in the past 25 years. There has even been, supposedly, a neighborhood movement. But darn few neighborhood people have been involved. Too much of the tone has been professional, entrepreneurial people speaking for others. Too many so-called community organizations have become too far removed from the issues that affect everyday life in communities.
I focus on resource development among nonprofits, and the implications of this message are every bit as relevant when considering what constitutes credible efforts to reach out for assets.