About Barry Gardner

Barry Gardner is the Chief Financial Officer at FH. He joined FH in 2010 after a 20 year career as a financial consultant to non-profit organizations. He and his wife Susan live in Phoenix, where Barry enjoys year-round cycling weather.
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Generosity: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Socrates said the “unexamined life is not worth living.” If examination makes life worthwhile, accountants are happy people. This week, our external auditors are scrutinizing Food for the Hungry’s (FH) financial accounts. They go over every detail of our records ensuring that we properly recorded the year’s transactions. As our fiscal year ended in September, […]

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Experience for Saving Lives

I like learning. I’m happiest working on a new skill. This weekend, it was masonry. I built an outdoor kitchen for my backyard. After the skeleton was built, I sheathed the exterior in cement board. Then, it was time to apply stucco. In the Southwest, where I live, stucco is the most common exterior surface […]

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Eternal relief work

The United States went on full security alert this week, shutting down embassies around the world this past Sunday. Intercepted communications from terrorists indicated planned attacks on United States and other country targets. Some work furloughs will be extended even further, depending on the threat. It’s prudent, of course, to limit the damage to people […]

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Sponsoring a child: Little things add up

About 15 years ago, I got my private pilot license. I had no particular purpose for learning to fly but always like learning new things. If it involves going fast and making loud noises, that’s even better. So I followed the story of Asiana Airlines’ recent crash in San Francisco with great interest: How could […]

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Party in Belo: How child sponsorship succeeds

I recently visited one of our remote field locations in Ethiopia. It was a celebration, really. After 13 years working in the community of Belo with our child sponsorship program, Food for the Hungry (FH) evaluated that people of Belo were no longer living in extreme poverty. New standards for health and education had been […]

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Learning to sail

At Food for the Hungry (FH), one of our core skills is cross-cultural communication. After all, we work in more than 25 countries. And it’s hard. The late Philosopher of Communication Marshall McLuhan said, “We don’t know who discovered water, but we know it wasn’t the fish.” In other words, fish are so immersed in […]

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What to do with extra crops…

Foreign aid, though a small portion of the U.S. federal budget, is one of the most cost-effective tools of foreign diplomacy. As I have traveled to see Food for the Hungry projects accomplished through the financial support of the U.S. government, I’ve been inspired to see the signs that proclaim: “From the American people.” Public […]

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Inspiring women entrepreneurs

  Preachers have often observed that entries in one’s checkbook are the best indication of our true values. Today, the role of that checkbook has been replaced by the online transfers you run through your bank account. Still, the point is the same: We spend money on things we care about. They show our priorities. […]

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