Philanthropy from an Insiders´ Perspective

Written By: Colleen Nichols

Anne Taylor, former Co-Chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society – United Way Houston Chapter, spoke to the WFE group about philanthropy from an insiders’ perspective. Anne serves as managing partner of Deloitte Houston and joined the firm in 1987. Last year, 917 Alexis de Tocqueville Society members contributed a record $17.6 million to United Way of Greater Houston. Houston’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society is the largest and most generous in the nation. Anne shared her story on how she first connected with the United Way through Deloitte while working in New York and became further involved when she moved to Houston. The head of the Women’s Initiative at the time was the first person outside of her work colleagues to welcome her to Houston – and that group of women became her sounding board when it came to finding the best resources in Houston – both professionally and personally. Anne highlighted that there has been a shift in the demographics of who makes the household financial decisions, including philanthropic commitments. Her story shows that each person needs to find the organization or issues that motivate them to contribute to transformation in their community.

Susan Hodge of Women Leading Together

Written By: Karen Burton

Susan gave us some wonderful insight about Self versus Others, which is a different way to look at the Work / Life balance model. We have to spend time on our Self to feel energized, motivated and healthy so that we can create capacity for others. Our time spent with Others creates a feeling of satisfaction, sense of purpose and fulfillment, but we have to have the energy for that time. We should consider saying yes to a “Good Should” if it will make a long-term difference, is something only we can do, and is important to our personal priorities. Everyone asked a lot of questions and we had a great lunch-time discussion.