By Richard Marker Some years ago, a very prominent Wall Street financier and his wife, herself a very prominent philanthropist, gave a headline grabbing gift to a world-famous museum. The most famous gallery in that museum would henceforth bear their names. At the … [Read more...] about The Myth of Perpetuity
By Richard Marker A couple of years ago, my accumulated professional careers crossed the half-century mark. Knowing that it has been an untypical journey, a number of people asked if I was planning to write an autobiography. While I don’t believe a full autobiography is w … [Read more...] about Listening vs. Hearing: The View from the Other Side
By Richard Marker
There is a tendency in the media, and even within our philanthropy field, to be blinded by big bucks. A nine figure gift is guaranteed to get a headline and other larger gifts are likely to get outsize attention. Accompanying articles will mention the … [Read more...] about Is Money a Guarantor of Success?
A Question for Funders
Yes, we are in that time of year again. You know, the one that Hallmark celebrates 24 hours a day, filled with song and mirth and everyone celebrating together despite the inevitable travails, misunderstandings, and missteps. Somehow, by the end, it all works out perfectly. Sure, … [Read more...] about It’s That Time of Year Again… The Family Philanthropy Meeting
By Richard Marker It is said that if one hears something once, it is an anecdote; if twice, it is coincidence; if thrice, it is evidence. Whether or not that evidence is convincing to researchers or evaluators, three identical conversations within a two-day period does suggest … [Read more...] about A Perennial Question for Family Philanthropy: How and When to Engage Next-Gens