Recommended Resources

Tony Macklin, CAP

Our family utilizes Tony Macklin, who helps us with philanthropy best practices.  He has a 25-year career in the philanthropy arena, working with the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, the National Center for Family Philanthropy and many others.  Tony provides us with resources and his expertise when we are interested in what other families are doing and how we can be more effective.  We don’t need to recreate the wheel, we’ll just ask Tony!

Corporal Works of Mercy

Our Secretary, Kathy Carrier, spends her days helping other people. Most of the time, these are small works of mercy for people in our lives. Occasionally she does big things but most days she does thoughtful, tiny things. To get an idea of what she does, Google “50 Corporal Works of Mercy – Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List.”

Healthy America

Take a look at your county and how it stacks up to other counties on this incredibly detailed website, We are proudly helping Starke County, Indiana which has a long way to go in many areas.

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Ski Krzyminski was an entrepreneur and his daughter, Kathy Carrier, followed in his footsteps.  What’s not to love about this book, written by the man who founded Nike?  Sure, Nike is an amazing success story.  What we appreciate about this entrepreneur’s story is that he was like the Whack The Mole game at a carnival.  The challenges and barriers just kept popping up and he just doggedly kept knocking them down.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey

This book is always a good read.  It changed my life when it was published and inspired me to tackle my life differently, better.

National Center for Family Philanthropy

NCFP is the only nonprofit resource dedicated exclusively to families who give and those who work with them.  NCFP provides research, expertise and learning opportunities.  Lots of great resources on this site!

Discover what your DNA says about your health, traits and ancestry.  The wellness and ancestry reports are extensive, as is the supporting information.  Well worth the $199.

Journey Into Wholeness by Dr. Carolyn R. Allen

A local friend, she inspires us with her words and more so, her actions.

Philanthropy Books Worth Reading

The Genius of Generosity, Lessons from a Secret Pact Between Two Friends – Chip Ingram (2010)

Intentional Wealth:  How Families Build Legacies of Stewardship and Financial Health – Courtney Pullen (2013)

Generous Genes:  Raising Caring Kids in a Digital Age – Susan Crites Price and Julianna Price (2015 edition)

Giving 2.0 – Laura Arrillaga-Andreesen (2012)

The Legacy Spectrum – Mark Weber (2017)

Un-Heritage – Conway, Neurge and others (2014)

Toxic Charity – Robert D. Lupton (2011)

Rooting for Rivals – Peter Greer

Bill and Melinda Gates

An excerpt from the 2019 Annual Letter written by Bill and Melinda Gates.

The Family Business Consulting Group

The Family Business Consulting Group helps families prosper across generations. Their website, books webinars, articles and newsletters have been helpful to our business, Briljent. We especially appreciate the periodic counsel that we’ve gotten from one of their long-time principal consultants, Chris Eckrich, a Fort Wayne native.