You often hear people ask us to “be present,” or “be in the now.” But what does this actually mean? Different things to different people. This is my personal list of how I practice living in the present, and like everything else, it does get easier with practice. I thought I’d share with you. This…

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Individuals who have vast wealth often want to do something for their communities, which is usually best accomplished through philanthropic giving to specific charities by way of establishing either a trust fund or a foundation. However, trust funds can be complicated financial instruments with significant legalities associated with the use of assets. Trusts and foundations…

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I recently jotted down this list one morning, as I was thinking ahead towards my day. This is a simple checklist how I get through the day in a way that leaves me content and ready to rest. If I achieve these things, I’m positioned to have a pretty fine and successful day: 1. Empathy…

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Donating cash to a private foundation is a great way to provide funds to various causes supported by the foundation. As a donor you receive an income tax deduction for the amount contributed up to 30% of your adjusted gross income. However, giving cash is not the only way to contribute to a private foundation.…

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Sequestered in an upstairs parlor at 7th and Market Street in Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson put quill to parchment and began to draft the Declaration of Independence. The week had been steamy hot, and as the humidity increased, its suffocating tentacles surrounded one of the Founding Fathers – the gentleman from Virginia.  Jefferson embodied brilliance. He…

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You and I are currently experiencing the “dog days” of quarantine. Did you know that the word “Quarantine” is a term derived from the Italian word quaranta?  Originally, it meant 40 days of isolation to control an outbreak of a contagious disease. Today, the word is still used to describe this COVID-19 pandemic where communities are asked…

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