What is your earliest memory of money? What did you learn about money from your parents? Why is it easier to talk about sex than money in our culture? Do we really need to accumulate money? How much is enough? In what ways do couples share money? Do men and women differ in how they deal with money? Are there ways to maximize assets and minimize taxes? What investments have been the most helpful in lifting people out of poverty?
These are some of the questions that have lived in the back of my mind for a long time. Luckily I was fortunate to be introduced to Kimberley Pittman-Schulz who has had a long career in helping people from all walks of life donate to charities that reflect their personal values. Kimberley has been involved in philanthropy for over 30 years working for various local, national and international non-profit organizations supporting conservation, medicine, community development, small business and higher education. When not involved in fundraising, Kimberley is a published poet and nonfiction author. I was hoping that Kimberley would be able to read one of her poems but she had so much information to share about our relationship to money that we ran out of time. I could see that Kimberley’s ability to articulate deep emotions in writing spill over into her work with philanthropy, which if done well requires insight, compassion and the ability to guide people to use some of their money in a way that can fulfill their heart’s values, keep them financially safe and go way, way beyond consumerism.
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