Lester A. Picker is a professional writer with more than 600 writing credits in Forbes, Better Homes & Gardens, Time, Inc. Publications, Money, Fortune Small Business, Bloomberg Personal Finance, National Parks, and dozens of other publications.


Dr. Mohammed Murtaza Arain: A Muslim Family’s Expressions of Faith and Philanthropy

Posted on October 21, 2002 by Lester A. Picker

This case study from ‘Faith and Family Philanthropy’ describes the of Mohammed Murtaza Arain, M.D., a well-respected Chicago surgeon. For Dr. Arain and his family, it all begins and ends with the Qur’an. Whether welcoming the new day or making decisions about his personal philanthropy, the Holy Qur’an provides a roadmap that guides their life and actions. ***** Righteousness does… Read More

Amal and Momtaz Mansour: A Coptic Christian family’s expressions of faith

Posted on October 17, 2002 by Lester A. Picker

This case study from ‘Faith and Family Philanthropy’ explores the role and impact of the Coptic Christian church on family philanthropy. Church and Coptic families often encourage even the youngest children to consider charity a central element in their lives. The Mansour family, profiled here, established a family tradition that the first paycheck each family member receives – no matter… Read More

Training the Next Generation

Posted on October 23, 1999 by Lester A. Picker

Preparing the next generation of board members to assume the full range of financial management responsibilities is one of the most difficult challenges faced by family foundations… Read More