Background

My Expertise

My current roles

I co-founded and now serve as Executive Chairman of The Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation, after many years as CEO. With The Signatry, I work to change the way people view and practice generosity, particularly focusing on the intersection of generosity and multi-generational family legacy. I have led the foundation’s efforts from its beginning in 2000 to now sending out over $3 billion in grants.

I coach families on creating a shared purpose and implementing healthy practices that will set up the family for success for generations to come. That's family legacy.

I also work with individual givers, ministries and financial advisors. I specialize in guiding business owners who are looking to sell or transition to the next generation of leadership. I also teach ministries how to work with major donors.

I helped launch Vyne Legacy, as a ministry of The Signatry, to serve families with the toolkit they need to build lasting legacies. Through courses, workshops, and resources, I am part of serving families across the country.

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Forbes Nonprofit Council

In 2019 I became an official member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council. The council brings together executives from a wide range of successful organizations to connect, collaborate and share insights from their experience in the nonprofit world.

Forbes Nonprofit Council

My professional career

Prior to starting the foundation in 2000, I worked as a partner with Blackwell Sanders Matheny Weary & Lombardi, a large law firm in Kansas City, and later with Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer LLP, where I remain Of Counsel.

In addition to my responsibilities with The Signatry, I have helped found a couple technology companies: iDonate.com, a fundraising software company providing an online solution for nonprofits to market and receive gifts of all kinds; and FamilyArc.com, an online personal and private family legacy platform.

I am also a published author and sought-after conference speaker. I was honored to be named one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers for 2017 as ranked by Philanthropy Media.

Bill addresses a live audience

My writings

Some of my recent books include:

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