Should You Invest Your I.R.A. in Friends, Family or Charitable Work? Posted by William Brown on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 BrownWinick tax attorney William Brown was featured in The New York Times on Friday, October 6, 2017. The article, "Should You Invest Your I.R.A. in Friends, Family or Charitable Work?" discusses self-directed I.R.A.'s, which allows investments in "alternative assets" and not just traditional stocks, bonds and mutual funds.