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 [...]

Our Secret Inquietude

Listen to “Our Secret Inquietude” by Fred Smith   After my father died we were sorting through his papers and found a stock certificate for 100 worthless shares. They were all [...]

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 [...]

Time Is Running Out

Listen to “Time is Running Out” by Fred Smith   If I were to pick one word to describe my mail from nonprofits in December, it would be URGENT! Every email was intent on [...]

Scrooge Repents

Listen to “Scrooge Repents” by Fred Smith   While I would not say I have been Scrooge, I have come close. In fact, the whole period between Thanksgiving and the end of the year [...]

Buying Happiness

Listen to “Buying Happiness” by Fred Smith   Like many of you, I have attended scores of galas, dinners, leadership retreats, and fund-raising events in my life. Some are grand [...]

Unreasonable People

Listen to “Unreasonable People” by Fred Smith Almost every time I read about a major foundation tackling another global problem I have two responses. The first is, “Go get ‘em tiger” [...]

Up in Smoke

Growing up Southern Baptist I have indelible memories of the Sunday School offering envelope used by the church. It was more than a tracking device for offerings. We were also graded by our [...]