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A Family Experience

A Family Experience

I could call it the best family counseling we ever paid for. We weren’t there for family counseling, but if functioning better as a family is a fringe benefit who’s going to complain, right? We turned to Dawn Franks for some good old-fashioned advice on how to be thoughtful – strategic even – about the money we get to give away. Dave and I wanted to integrate our grown-up kids into a giving proces ...[Read More]

Three ways to Explore

Three ways to Explore

A donor asked me if I was familiar with the organization USA Cares? The donor is very interested in supporting their efforts through the Texas Chapter. Since I didn’t know about the organization I immediately turned to GuideStar to do a quick check of their tax status and especially to read their most recent IRS 990. Then I went to the website for USA Cares to learn even more about them.  I satisf ...[Read More]

A Plain Answer Will Do

A Plain Answer Will Do

The question was posed this way. “The next time you write a column would you answer a question from “a little old lady?” Now without going into a lot of detail I know this “little old lady” quite well.  Let’s just say she probably knows me better than I know myself. The question was “How do you know where to give?” I had a quick response as a seasoned representative of a younger generation.  I tol ...[Read More]

Summer of Generosity

Summer of Generosity

During the last month I had conversations with two different mothers, one with average family resources, and one with significant resources.  In spite of differences they had one desire in common. Both mothers hope to raise generous children. Both mothers have questions about how. I’ve heard this concern repeatedly over the years. A family with few resources is just as likely as the family with gr ...[Read More]

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