Unclear What to Do With Your Political Distress?

“I am really concerned, but I’m not sure what to do that will make me feel better.” I have heard this refrain a lot in the past several months.   It typically comes from those who are troubled about what will (or … Continued

Know (and Nurture) Your Family Culture

Whether you can easily define it or not, your family has a culture. That family culture can be a source of inspiration, motivation, and resilience. It can also provide clues for how to resolve challenges within your family or prioritize … Continued

Holiday Re-Set Button

Instead of carving turkey, enjoying a meal and watching football with our extended family this Thanksgiving, we ate beans and rice at nearly every meal for six days.  The power went out frequently.  We slept on thin mattresses and took … Continued

Putting the Giving in Thanksgiving

This might hurt my mother’s feeling, but I can live without the creamed onions and the sweet potatoes covered with melted marshmallows.  Despite their stubborn presence at our annual gathering, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s all about the things … Continued

Trends in Philanthropy – Driven By Millennials

The philanthropy landscape is shifting underneath us.  The fact is that it is always shifting, to evolve as each generation reacts to and learns from what has worked and what hasn’t. Sometimes we learn from scandals such as the $1.2 … Continued

Focus Less on the Money And More on the People

“From shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in 3 generations” refers to the process of building wealth, passing it down and exhausting it within 3 generations.  This concept is steeped in history and crosses cultures.  In fact, different cultures have created expressions that … Continued

Get Your Giving Under Control

Individual giving accounts for over 72% of all charitable giving in the USA, according to the annual report on charitable giving in the US by GivingUSA.  This number fluctuates a bit from year to year, but on a relative basis, … Continued