From an email I received:
The story is told of Baron Edmond Rothschild who once asked his personal assistant to calculate the Baron’s net “worth.” A few days later the assistant came back with the sum total of his assets.said “That is not how much I am worth… The government could seize all my assets in an instant.” The Baron then removed a small key from his vest pocket and opened the center drawer of his desk. He slowly pulled out a ledger and placed it on his desk. He opened it and said “This is a ledger of all the money I have given to charity. This is something that can NEVER be taken away. THIS is how much I am ‘worth’.”
Charity, is for a lifetime, whereas what you have in the bank can wax and wane with the times.