Charitable Giving

Lessons From Spiderman

In their final conversation before his death, Uncle Ben tells his nephew, Peter Parker (Spiderman’s alter ego) that “with great power comes great responsibility.” Little did Peter know that a few hours later, the same burglar he had let go would end up murdering his beloved uncle. In today’s society—with the prevalence and importance we…

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You Have A Choice!

Disney World is a regular stop for our family vacations because it always delivers a first-class experience and an abundance of choices.  As a regular visitor we take great advantage of shorter lines, which first timers rarely discover until it is too late to take advantage… Disney’s “Fast Pass”.The “Fast Pass” takes you to the…

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To Give Something Now or Not

For centuries there were families that hung in the balance awaiting the king to choose which heir would be the successor.  All too often the choice of successor was whispered with their dying breath.  When portrayed in today’s movies it makes for great entertainment. When it comes to your hard-earned wealth do you want to…

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How Much Is Enough…For You?

This weekend my wife sent me to the store with my 8 year-old son and 5 year-old daughter to get new shoes.  We came home with shoes, kickballs, football, basketball, baseball glove… need I go on.  And my wife in her “sweet southern” way asked me, “How much is enough?” It is a question that…

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Two Approaches For Keeping Perspective This Holiday Season

When did you start your Christmas shopping… for the first time it began for many at 4:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.  It’s no wonder that keeping perspective is increasingly difficult. Regardless of your religious beliefs, most people would agree that the holidays are about family and purposefully giving to others.  If you have purpose in…

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The Cure for "Affluenza"

R.G. Le Tourneau, the inventor of large earth-moving equipment, has inspired many, including my wife and me.  His machines represented nearly 70 percent of the large equipment and engineering vehicles used during World War II, and over the course of his life he secured nearly 300 patents. Early in his career, and before he had…

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Because It Is Personal…

At least it should be. Fred and Millie Cargill had been married forty years. Although they both came from what most would consider to be humble beginnings, their families wanted them to receive an education beyond high school.  There was one problem: Neither family had enough money to fund education. Despite this, Fred and Millie…

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To Give Or Not To Give…

It seems as if the world’s billionaires are in a race to see who can give away their money the fastest. Warren Buffet famously pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune by the time he and his wife are gone, and the younger generations are following suit. Twenty-nine-year-old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and…

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Generosity for All Income Levels

Whether you’re a millionaire or someone living with much less, you can afford to give. So many people, with wealth and without, want to give but are not sure how to go about it. They want to be generous but worry that being overly generous with others will leave less for their own family.

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6 Financial New Year’s Resolutions to Make

It’s that time again: the start of the new year. This means that many of us will be making new year’s resolutions—whether it’s eating healthier, staying in touch with friends and family, or quitting smoking. You’ve probably made a few of these resolutions. But have you thought about your financial new year’s resolutions?

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