Staying The Course

Listen to “Staying the Course” by Fred Smith   Several years ago I read an article using research to illustrate how the brain reacts to gain and loss. It seems the amount of [...]

The Dumb Tax

Listen to “The Dumb Tax” by Fred Smith   “Where’s the elevator?” The donor looked up the empty shaft in the nonprofit’s new building his family’s foundation had [...]

Brace Yourself

Listen to “Brace Yourself” by Fred Smith   Last week was Thanksgiving followed by Black Friday. We know the majority of Americans were shopping over the long weekend with 20 [...]

Is The Glitter Gone?

Listen to “Is the Glitter Gone?” by Fred Smith   In 1929, in the grip of a global depression, Americans flocked to theaters to escape the harshness of their lives and catch a [...]

What’s The Outlook?

Listen to “What’s the Outlook?” by Fred Smith   The difference between weather and climate is important. Weather alters constantly while climate changes are slow but the [...]

Paper Dolls

Listen to “Paper Dolls” by Fred Smith   There is no topic more widely discussed and fretted about in family philanthropy than that of donor intent. Horror stories (both true and [...]

An Open Hand

Listen to “An Open Hand” by Fred Smith   In the middle of the crippling cold snap in Texas the store manager of the HEB grocery store had to make a decision. With hundreds of [...]

I Am Somebody

Listen to “I Am Somebody” by Fred Smith   Two times in the Gospel of Luke the disciples are caught asking who will be great in the Kingdom. It’s not a bad question. In fact, [...]

The Family Farm

Listen to “The Family Farm” by Fred Smith   I’ve had many conversations over the years with friends about the dangers of leaving wealth to children only to ruin them. It’s taken [...]

To Be Worthy of Honor

Listen to “To Be Worthy of Honor” by Fred Smith   Most of us are first made to read Shakespeare before we have enough life experience to even partially understand his genius. It [...]