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 [...]

End Of The Line

Listen to “End of the Line” by Fred Smith The story of Abram’s calling begins at the end of the line. If you trace the descendants of Adam through Noah and then to Terah, the [...]

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 [...]

The Invisible Whip

Listen to “The Invisible Whip” by Fred Smith   The week started over coffee with a young man having just completed the ultimate business deal of his career. If managed right the [...]

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 [...]

Farewell

Listen to “Farewell” by Fred Smith   Several of my friends are beginning to say “farewell” to their careers. It’s hard to believe. I know for many complete retirement is not an [...]

Feathers On The Waves

Listen to “Feathers on the Waves” by Fred Smith   The Greeks, as always, had a word for it: tragedy. That’s the first word that came to my mind when I stared at the photo of [...]