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
By Richard Marker If one reads some mailings from our field, from some of our grantees, and from all too many wealth advisors, one might think that philanthropy was and is a byproduct of the US tax system. It wasn’t and isn’t. It is not even an American invention, as any s … [Read more...] about Sightseeing to Zeitgeist: Philanthropy’s 21st Century Journey