Stewardship

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Capital Markets

12/04/12

There was a knock on the door of 221B Baker Street, where the nameplate above the buzzer read “S. Holmes.” A woman opened the door, showing in a sullen, heavily cloaked figure. She was accustomed... Continue

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

11/28/11

Dear Friends, This week, we forward you a letter recently written to our good friend, Credit Markets, someone who has been taking a beating of late and yet one who has made a tremendous difference in... Continue

Sub-Standard & Poorly

08/06/11

Yesterday’s Syntrinsic Commentary spoke to the larger implications of an unsustainable approach to capitalism, specifically, capitalism that requires inexhaustible credit to function. Today, as... Continue

Once Upon a Balance Sheet

06/27/11

Once upon a time, there was a balance sheet. It belonged to a mighty nation in the Western Hemisphere that had grown wealthy and powerful. Its people traversed the globe with confidence and bold... Continue

(Good) Governance

04/06/11

If one were to pick a single word to capture the essence of the 1960’s, it might be “ferment,” or “struggle.” The 1970’s could be embodied by “malaise” or “despair”. For the... Continue

The New Philanthropic Normal

12/05/10

One of life’s mysteries is how and why donors give money. In the eyes of many, philanthropists and foundations remain elusive givers or deniers of financial sustenance. As these donors go, so go... Continue