Philanthropic donors must address both immediate and more worldly questions: why did I make all this money? And, what do I want to do with it? Successful family philanthropies may explore their values by asking some of the big questions: who are we? Why are we here? How do we understand our purpose? What is our obligation to others? What can we do to make a difference? In this essay from Splendid Legacy, the founder of the Institute for Global Ethics provides helpful context for these and other important questions.