Stories Let Grown-up Kids Know Your Philanthropic Intent


Storytelling is a skill we learn very early in life. Before we can read and write, we make up stories. We entertain ourselves and others with our stories, and we fill in gaps for what we don’t know. As a child, I regularly used the three blocks from home to school to make up vivid stories. I would be so lost in my mind that I wasn’t aware of talking out loud to myself, resulting in a fair amount o ...[Read More]

Take Time to Hear Donor Stories

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In the past 15 years, I have been in countless conversations with givers. I’ve listened to stories that exemplify practically every personality type you can imagine, from quiet and thoughtful to loud and opinionated. A thread of embarrassment runs through all the stories. For some, it’s about too little to give; for others, too much too late. Other stories hint at long-held family beliefs that it ...[Read More]

Family Gets Off the Accumulation Treadmill


Is the glass half empty or half full? It’s an age-old question supposedly determining if we’re an optimist or pessimist. It’s led to add-ons like Mark Cuban, who said, “It’s not whether the glass is half full or half empty, all that matters is who’s pouring the water.” Or George Carlin who said, “Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it ...[Read More]

The Right Numbers Matter When Doing Good

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Quotes cause me to pause and think about what it might have meant when it was said. For instance, I like the quote from Brooke Astor, married to the great-great-grandson of John Jacob Astor, America’s first multi-millionaire. Mrs. Astor said, “Power is the ability to do good things for others.” Interesting words from someone married into a family of great power. John Astor was a German immigrant a ...[Read More]

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