Month: August 2015

What are your intentions?

What are your intentions?

I don’t think there is a topic more widely discussed and fretted about in family philanthropy than that of donor intent. Horror stories (both true and fabricated) are floated by institutions and endowments warning parents there is a high likelihood that their children will abandon their values and wishes almost as soon as both parents have been laid to rest. The classic example is that of th ...[Read More]

What Then Is My Pay?

What Then Is My Pay?

In 1974 W.A. Criswell, the longtime pastor of First Baptist Dallas, announced that he was giving back “every penny” he earned in salary during his 30 years as pastor. An article in the Baptist Press reported Dr. Criswell as saying, “The first time I preached in a church, the deacons took up a collection and I was given $10. I gave it back to them and told them I did not preach for money.” At the t ...[Read More]

Putting Charity Out of Business

Putting Charity Out of Business

I often wonder if philanthropy is one of those words that has either lost its traditional meaning (love of mankind) and never should have been used to define giving in the first place. In fact I wonder if our use of “love of mankind” actually is possible or even desirable. Yes, there are numerous examples where giving springs from sincere feelings about the poor or a genuine desire to ...[Read More]

Looking Back

Looking Back

Note: Two years ago I wrote this blog about my lifelong friends, Peggy and Bill Shipley. On Saturday, August 2nd of this year, Peggy passed away.  As a tribute to her, I wanted to share what I wrote again with you today. I’ve been watching the rise of mentoring programs for underprivileged young men. Donald Miller began The Mentoring Project because he grew up without a father. Duncan Campbe ...[Read More]