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Ethical Fitness: Choosing Between Right Vs. Right

Posted on October 28, 2002 by Pamela Gerloff

People often face ethical dilemmas about money, and these dilemmas often involve two important values in conflict rather than a simple right vs. wrong decision. In this interview, Rushworth Kidder discusses his framework for resolving right vs. right dilemmas, and stresses the importance of considering these dilemmas in a thoughtful and careful way… Read More

Dad, Can I Have A Pair Of Those Shoes

Posted on October 27, 2002 by Bob Kenny

Sometimes, ethical dilemmas come in small packages, no bigger than the size of a shoebox. As a parent I sometimes wonder: How do I engage my son in discussions on ethical issues without imposing my values, yet prepare him to recognize and make ethical decisions on his own? Let me give you an uncomfortable example… Read More

The Good Life

Posted on October 22, 2002 by Peter Gomes

In this interview, minister and professor Peter J. Gomes describes the benefits of leading a virtuous life directed by strong values. … Read More

A Tale of Two Heirs: when One Gets More

Posted on October 21, 2002

In this article, a trust fund beneficiary describes her reaction to the preferential financial treatment received by her brother. She responded by befriending her brother, and by asking for a raise in her father’s will and an estate-planning document… Read More

Privacy Vs. Secrecy

Posted on November 4, 2001 by James Grubman

The distinction between privacy and secrecy, one often blurred, is important in deciding when to disclose information about how much money you have. This article defines a secret as withheld personal information that is important to actions in a relationship, and gives advice on the application of this definition to disclosures about money… Read More

Public or Private: the Empowered Choice

Posted on November 4, 2001 by Pamela Gerloff

Fear can cause people to keep the amount of money they have a secret, but the choice of how much to disclose should be an informed one based on personal values and beliefs. This article offers guidelines for making this choice, suggesting risk assessment, seeking support, and allowing adequate time for the decision… Read More

Pros and Cons of Giving Publicly Vs. Giving Anonymously

Posted on November 4, 2001 by Steve Kirsch

This article lists the pros and cons of giving anonymously, from both a donor's and a charity's point of view. Donor issues discussed include recognition versus unwanted attention; charity issues include the benefit of association with a big name, and the danger of linkage with a controversial one… Read More

Incentive Trusts: Responsible or Controlling?

Posted on October 30, 2001 by Eli Parker

Incentive trusts encourage their beneficiaries to act according to the donor’s values. In this article, two inheritance experts debate the pros and cons of incentive trusts, focusing on issues of flexibility, responsibility, and the importance of the relationship between donor and beneficiary… Read More

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