May You Live In Interesting Times

May You Live In Interesting Times

Known somewhat erroneously as the Chamberlain Curse, this expression seems to be part of our collective current experience. These are interesting times indeed. I sense that current events have resulted a feeling of a loss of control on many fronts. The current...
Wealth In Families

Wealth In Families

A few decades ago, I met Charles W. Collier. He was the Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Harvard University and somewhat of legend in his own time. He had written a book entitled, Wealth in Families, which is an effective manual on the subject of helping families deal...
Let’s Get On With It

Let’s Get On With It

The current politically charged environment offers plenty of opportunity to become increasing concerned about the future. Martin Luther once said, “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” I feel that this quote...
A Timely Resource

A Timely Resource

Recent events have many development professionals scratching their heads with regard to asking for needed funds. With all the media attention being given to the reduced economic activity and diminished wealth, not to mention an unprecedented  health crises, it’s no...
A Current Opportunity

A Current Opportunity

The current economic environment, although quite different in many respects, is somewhat reminiscent of the 2008 financial crises. Back then, financial markets responded by adjusting downward in value to reflect the reality of the time. I was meeting with a client of...
Thoughts on Jack Welch

Thoughts on Jack Welch

Former GE CEO Jack Welch passed away this week. He once said, “Only satisfied customers can give people job security. Not companies.” I think a parallel can be applied to the philanthropic community. Charities are financially secure when they are supported by their...