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Affluent Christian Investor | August 22, 2017

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Posts ByWilliam High, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

June 16, 2017 |

What’s Wrong With The Tithe?

There’s a lot of confusion about tithing.

If you go into most churches today, you’ll find that tithing, or giving 10 percent of your income, is what most pastors preach.  A survey several years ago among evangelical pastors found that … Read More

June 9, 2017 |

What Do I Do With My Estate If I Don’t Have Children

Some families choose not to have children. Some families are prevented from having children—whether because of infertility or otherwise. Or of course, there are single individuals who accumulate some level of wealth on their own.

So without a spouse and without children … Read More

May 26, 2017 |

10 Great Discussion Questions About Sharing, Saving & Spending

How do you engage your family in discussions about money? Specifically, topics like giving, saving and spending? has a set of discussion starter cards that provide an easy way to prompt that discussion. Here’s a sampling of 10:

  1. At what … Read More
April 27, 2017 |

The Coming Nonprofit Leadership Void

In December 2016, the Slingshot Group published a whitepaper called Who’s Leading Next?  The paper addresses the fact that in the nonprofit world that many top level leadership positions are held by the Boomer generation.

On the other hand, there are 10,000 … Read More

March 16, 2017 |

186% Growth in Giving to Donor Advised Funds


Donor advised funds have come a long way since the first appearing in the early 1900s. The New York Community Trust claimed to be one of the first in 1931. For the longest time, local community foundations tended to have … Read More

February 24, 2017 |

Liberal Churches Are Dying; Conservative Churches Are Thriving

A January 4, 2017 Washington Post article by David Haskell highlighted a Canadian study noting the trend of decline for liberal churches. Further, Haskell pointed out the 2015 Pew Research Center study that mainline protestant churches are shrinking by 1 million … Read More

February 21, 2017 |

10 Key Statistics on Family Legacy

When thinking about legacy, succession, inheritance and passing wealth, the reality is often much different than aspirations. Consider the following statistics on legacy, succession and inheritance:

  1. Most wealth transfer fails. 70% of intergenerational wealth-transfer fail.
  2. Success depends on mission. … Read More
February 16, 2017 |

The Science of Generosity

An April 2015 Chronicle of Philanthropy cited a growing field related to a “growing cadre of behavioral economists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, psychologists…” etc are learning about giving and donors.

There are some ongoing and interesting findings:

  1. researchers found that people … Read More
February 2, 2017 |

5 Ways Trump Will Impact the Non-Profit World

Let’s face it. Few saw this coming—the defeat of Hillary Clinton by Donald Trump. Even some of the most balanced people I know suggested that the business and financial world was preparing for a Clinton presidency.

Call it what you will, but … Read More

January 26, 2017 |

5 Great Legacy Conversation Starters

In working with families, I find that while they are good at the business of getting together as a family, they leave unspoken some of the questions and the stories that are pivotal to the history of the family.

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January 11, 2017 |

The Key Factor Influencing the Direction of America

In The Next 100 Years, George Friedman writes that the single greatest factor influencing the world is population decline. Progressively, families around the world have grown increasingly smaller. It’s a simple fact: less kids means less workers. Less kids means less people for armies. Less … Read More

January 4, 2017 |

The Philanthropy Top 10

Giving is changing to the non-profit world. It used to be that United Way, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army were perennial locks for the top 10 in annual gifts to non-profits.

But the last 20 years have seen the … Read More

November 28, 2016 |

Do You Call This Man a Success?

He died at the age of 43 following an emergency appendectomy. Prior to that time, he’d spent the majority of his time pursuing higher education. He attended the University of Edinburgh, followed by Dunoon College, with stints at bible colleges in Cincinnati, … Read More

November 23, 2016 |

The 40 Generation Family Business?

Can you imagine a business lasting 3 generations? Perhaps you’ve heard the adage: shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in 3 generations. In America, it’s an astonishing failure rate in generation 2—70% and in generation 3 a whopping 85% failure rate.

So is it hard … Read More

October 20, 2016 |

The Bondage of Ownership

In this day and age, we talk little of ownership. It is presumed. In fact, from the earliest age, we proclaim, “mine!” And that possessive nature never really seems to let go unless we have some tragedy or crisis that exposes our … Read More

October 17, 2016 |

Does Your Company Have a Chief Giving Officer?

There are a lot of C-level titles—Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and the list could go on and on.

But what about Chief Giving Officer? Does your company have one?

A Chief Giving Officer has the … Read More

September 30, 2016 |

Living Irrational Generosity

Irrational—not logical or reasonable

Have you ever considered the idea of living with irrational generosity? When it doesn’t make sense? When the numbers just don’t seem to add up? Some people might call it living on the edge.

Do you remember the story … Read More

August 29, 2016 |

Charitable Giving Growth Rates are Falling

Giving USA recently published its 2015 study. The report posted both positive and negative news on giving.

The positive? In 2015, Americans continued their steady stream of giving, with $373.3 billion going to charity. And in looking to the future, … Read More

August 25, 2016 |

Faith Is In the Not Knowing

Consider it.

They were three friends. They were exiles living in a foreign land. Different people. Different culture. They lived under the rule and reign of a king who sought to conform them after himself. He even changed their … Read More

August 2, 2016 |

Church Funding—On the Long Term Decline?

Across Europe, we’ve seen many great and historic churches close.  Some now are owned by businesses. Some are converted to mosques.

For many, the response to these closures is shock, dismay. For those wondering why, the answer is often the … Read More

July 25, 2016 |

Write a Letter to Your 20-Year-Old Self

Taylor Smith was 12 years old when she died on January 5, 2014, from complications from pneumonia.

Her parents were devastated. But when they sorted through her belongings, they found a curious envelope with the words, “To be opened … Read More

July 15, 2016 |

Plant a Shade Tree for Five Generations

Dennis Swanberg is a comedian. He makes people laugh, but sometimes he does it in a reflective way.

He tells the story of how his grandfather loved to hear young Dennis do Ed Sullivan and Jimmy Stewart impersonations. And in … Read More

July 1, 2016 |

What’s Your Share of the $14 Trillion in Government Debt?

How much do you owe?

The April 14, 2016, Time magazine headlined an article titled, “The United States of Insolvency.” In the article, author James Grant notes the path to the United States’ nearly $14 trillion dollars of government debt.

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June 23, 2016 |

Write a Letter to Your 80 Year Old Self

My son came home from college and told me about his gerontology class assignment. Write a letter to your 80 year old self!

Imagine that it’s your 80th birthday—what letter would you write? What advice would you have?  What hobbies … Read More

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