Generosity

As we get older, we are invited to charitable breakfasts, lunches, and dinner auctions. Before long, our calendars are filled with these events and we’re giving away money in a fun and social way. At some point, the realization sets in that while these are all great causes, they aren’t...

I heard something last week at church that got my attention: “Life is not about having enough bread, it’s about sharing the bread.” This really struck a chord with me since I’m a professional barn builder, meaning that I help people accumulate wealth. After spending almost 20 years around some of...

Did you give away money last year? And if so, how much money did you spend on behalf of others? Was it enough? The questions are not meant to induce guilt. In addition to being relevant during tax season, the answers also speak to your own happiness.

When we talk about Highland’s holistic approach to investing, and taking a client’s entire life into consideration, one of the ingredients we emphasize is community. Community is our emotional and physical connection to the place we live and work in, and our responsibility to it. Community can mean different things, but you could call it a sense of greater family, the one beyond your immediate circle of loved ones. An important part of my family’s sense of community is Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, an organization my wife, my daughter, and I have partnered with on a regular basis.

In America’s new Gilded Age, the top one percent owns 40 percent of the nation’s personal wealth.  The next nine percent owns 35 percent of the wealth, and the remaining 90 percent of the population splits the 25 percent that’s left.  The current income disparity surpasses even that of the...