Slip Sliding Away

Listen to “Slip Sliding Away” by Fred Smith   By now, many of you have read the frequent articles and responses to the latest Pew Research showing the number of people who [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Jesus is Just Alright

Listen to “Jesus Is Just Alright” by Fred Smith   In the last few years I have been paying closer attention to some deep shifts affecting the church. It’s easy for Boomers to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Look Out For Pirates

Listen to “Look Out for Pirates.”   This morning I am in New York serving on a panel at the Praxis Redemptive Imagination Summit. Here is the assignment: “As tectonic shifts [...]

Dollars and Scents

One of the features of the new tax reform law is doubling the standard deduction – and that is a good thing. The increase will be a genuine benefit to many middle-class families. However, [...]

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