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.

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.

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:, a fundraising software company providing an online solution for nonprofits to market and receive gifts of all kinds; and, 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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