Small Things

Listen to “Small Things” by Fred Smith After years of pursuing high impact philanthropy and broad systemic change this is a time for many to resist being swept away by the enormity of [...]

Gifts Of A Lifetime

Listen to “Gifts of a Lifetime” by Fred Smith   It’s a familiar scene made even more so by movies and novels: the reading of the last will and testament. The somber family [...]

Donor Perks

Listen to “Donor Perks” by Fred Smith   There are two instances in Luke’s writings where Roman centurions get special treatment for being good people and influential friends. The [...]

An Uncommon Risk

Listen to “An Uncommon Risk” by Fred Smith   One of the most watched events of this century was Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across Niagara Falls. In so doing he became [...]

The Morning After

Listen to “The Morning After” by Fred Smith   Thank you for joining us this morning for an interview with our special surprise guest, the Rich Fool.  INT: Earlier, when we heard [...]

The Light Years

Listen to “The Light Years” by Fred Smith   “Papa, how old are you?” my young grandson asked.   “I’m 73.” “Whoa, and you are not dead yet?” That was pretty much the end of the [...]

The Measure Of A Man

Listen to “The Measure of a Man” by Fred Smith   When my father was five years old, he fell with a glass jar of peaches he was carrying and sliced open the wrist of his right [...]

The Long Good-Bye

Listen to “The Long Good-Bye” by Fred Smith   Virtually every time I mention my father in a blog people will comment about how interesting he must have been. Some who knew him [...]

Unfinished

Listen to “Unfinished” by Fred Smith   Transitions from the founder to the next leader are notoriously difficult. Everyone is at risk in one way or another. Founders are often [...]