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Growing Future Cultural Leaders

Why do we need another charitable trust?
Can't the government or the private foundations
simply take care of everything?

Wait, if there is plenty of work yet to be done
...then doesn't somebody have to do it?

FHT looks ahead to the future as much as to the past.


Have you ever heard the "family business rule" called "from white collar to blue in two" before? This refers to how when one generation of a family (say the Grandfather) does well and achieves white collar status (college graduate, business owner, professional), that by the time that the next two generations of the family has reached adulthood, they will have "reverted" to blue collar status (clerk, laborer, waiter). In other words, the Grandkids will have spent the inheritance, run the business into the ground, and given up on seeking to advance their education. Apparently, the drive and other qualities that allowed the first generation to rise to the top, becomes taken for granted and undeveloped by subsequent generations. The second generation assumes that they can live off of the wealth from the generation before. The third generation, lacking the model of hard work, simply coasts right back into the blue collar world.

Of course, there is nothing to apologize for if someone is a blue collar worker, making a living with long hours of back breaking work, and possibly holding down two jobs. After all, not everyone can be the boss or the owner, and there has to be a labor supply of willing "followers." However, in the case of our collective culture, if we neglect our future cultural leaders, society will see its museums close, collections sold off, historic properties torn down, traditions forgotten, and our heritage "dumbed down" to only those products which are commercially viable. So, whether talking about capital resources or human achievement, it is always a loss to society if it doesn't reach its maximal potential.

If a 14-year old kid wants to go to soccer or equestrian camp, there are plenty of options. What if the kid wanted to go to architect or museum camp? Those are a much rarer find. Youths of that age have agile minds and often capable of doing some preparatory college work. Shouldn't they have options with a cultural emphasis?

At the end of the day, would you want the youth in your life to be working the night shift at a truck stop...or dreaming of the next great architectural design, composing a new song, writing a novel, or something else that will influence society for the better?


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