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 [...]

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 [...]

Is It Too Much to Ask?

Listen to “Is It Too Much To Ask?”   It’s not just me but a growing number of people have made comments about a theme running through commencement speeches for the last several [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Finding Gladness

*There is no audio recording of the blog this week. Fred will be back next week!   I suppose the unexamined life is not worth living may be right for the most part. However, is it possible [...]

Freely Given

Listen to “Freely Given” by Fred Smith   On April 6, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson and Congress declared war on Germany. With the same declaration they created the War Chest and [...]

Songs of Joy

Listen to “Songs of Joy” by Fred Smith   Studies are showing that giving, especially smaller gifts, has increased substantially during the pandemic. In fact, donations to food [...]