Understanding Travelers Philanthropy


Defining Philanthropy’s Role in Travel
June 28, 2010, 4:02 pm
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Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel: Taking you Farther. Bringing you Closer.

One hundred and fifty years ago visionary poet Walt Whitman warned that the industrial revolution (not to mention our digital revolution) was artificially accelerating the tempo of people’s lives to the point where humans where losing touch with their inner rhythms and the natural pulse of their thoughts and emotions.

Whitman urged people to appreciate and occasionally cultivate idle time as a way to refresh the soul, in order to become more receptive to the human part of us.

More recently, Jeremy Rifkin the author of Time Wars warned of the dangers to the human psyche of too much speed.

“We have quickened the pace of life only to become less patient. We have become more organized, but less spontaneous, less joyful. We are better prepared to act on the future, but less able to enjoy the present and reflect on the past.

Humanity has created an artificial time environment punctuated by mechanical contrivances and electronic impulses.”

Today, over 75% of families share dinner once a week or less and parents face more outside the home responsibilities, and less intimacy and meaningful experiences with those they love.

Whitman’s prescient observation has been clearly validated.

Our experience (Exquisite Safaris PhilanthropicEngaged Legacies) has proven that the most powerful under-utilized tool for creating multi-generational family intimacy, unity, growth and transformation is the private family philanthropic travel experience.

A purpose driven high impact philanthropic travel experience creates a wonderful way to communicate with the people you love, the people with whom you want to share the most important learning insights and feelings of your life.

We give our hearts to those who share our experiences and we cherish those people both in and out of our immediate families, whose stories we have truly heard because we then understand their world.

Intimate Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic private travel experiences help us find meaning in our lives while we expand our perspectives, practice generosity and experience teachable moments that imprint our memories and model our values.

Creating virtuous children through early and often age appropriate philanthropic travel has proven itself countless times as a unifying transformational family experience.

Can Money Buy You Happiness?
Marc Gold was set on the path he now travels when he was just a child, when his father, photographer Albert Gold, explained “the meaning of life.” He took the 8-year-old into the bathroom and had him look in the mirror. Gold recounts the conversation:

Albert: ”What do you see?’
Marc: ‘I see myself.’
Albert: ‘Okay. How old will you be in 70 years?’
Marc: ’78.’
Albert: ‘Okay, when you are 78 years old, look in the mirror again and ask yourself one question, because by then your life will be almost over: ‘Did you live a life that made this a better world or not? Very simple. If the answer is yes, I am proud of you, and if not, I am disappointed.’
Marc: ‘But how am I going to make this a better world?’
Albert: ‘That’s your job. You figure it out.’
Mark has spent his life exploring the world as a philanthropic traveler.

Philanthropy Begins at Home
A parent’s greatest challenge is how to infuse character into children and grandchildren so they will have the underlying fiber to use their present and future social, financial and intellectual capital in ways that will be a blessing to them, their family and the world.

There is no vacation from a parent’s obligation to deliver leadership by example and being an affluent parent comes with even greater responsibilities.

It’s not just the responsibility of preventing money from harming your child -but the responsibility of using that money to parent in positive ways.

Creating teachable transformative moments that include impactful lessons in honesty, humility, sacrifice, industry, responsibility and temperance have largely failed in the Baby Boomer world of unprecedented affluence and excessive consumerism.

Families who are succeeding in raising well adjusted children do so because they always remember that every moment counts.

When I was just seven years old, my grandparents leveraged a rare opportunity to introduce me to the daily march for survival in rural Haiti.

My grandparents intent was to expose me to the world that I would inherit, both good and not so good.

Their vision included helping me develop a strong sense of self through challenging experiences and to impress upon me at a very early age that our family wealth was a blessing and a tool for the greater good, not the definition of who we are.

As you might imagine, my memories of our four-hour ride into a jungle village with unclothed, impoverished villagers left a lasting respect for my grandparents who answered my questions and helped me to comprehend what I had witnessed and how we might help.

My grandfather’s kind words and respect for those who we met and his generosity that day has profoundly shaped my worldview.

“The real source of wealth and capital in this new era is not material things.. it is the human mind, the human spirit, the human imagination, and our faith in the future.” -Steve Forbes

Thoughtful family wide participation in philanthropy leads to growth in self- esteem, stability, imagination, and a rewarding family life.

Research indicates that the adult philanthropist becomes the values model for their children and grand kids.

Personal Transformation, Wealth & Wisdom
There are many components to a charitable giving strategy, from donating money to causes we believe in to volunteering our time to setting up a donor advised fund or private foundation to create a lasting legacy of giving.

Savvy high net worth parents realize that full family involvement in philanthropic travel requires more than just a call to their black card concierge hotline.

Transformation requires outside help in the form of a philanthropic advisor experienced in choreographing every detail of the transformational experience to drive the deeper meaning and impact on all members of the family.

The full potential of Philanthropic Travel is realized through a professional process that requires a consultative and collaborative team of experts in philanthropy, investments, estate planning, family dynamics and family mission development.

You should expect to be engaged in questions that focus on every member of your family, their personal preferences, current philanthropic experience and future vision.

The hardest part of the planning process (for me) is asking the essential questions about what is most important to the people involved and determining how the answers can be used to enhance each family member’s growth and trust.

Over the past 6 years it has been my unique privilege to listen to family members share their aspirations and dreams of how they can make a difference in the world and leave a trace of the best of ourselves once we are gone. I have found inspiration in creating family transformation and sharing the personal victories catalyzing over $1 million dollars in high impact philanthropy donations.

Like Benjamin Franklin stated in Poor Richard’s almanac:

If you would be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth the reading,
Or do things worth the writing.

A few stories worth the writing..
“Visiting the Matare neighborhood outside Nairobi was a powerful experience for our family. What we encountered grabbed our hearts. Living there does not make for an easy life, and it is so much different from what we know. And yet we found our hearts warmed from this unforgettable experience. David opened the community up to us in ways we would have never been able to see ourselves. We enjoyed a chance to hear people’s stories, to learn about their hopes and dreams, and to enjoy playing sports with local youth. Franklin’s outreach is powerful, and since our visit we now feel like we can help him make a difference through our growing friendship. Our lives will never be the same and we look forward to visiting again.”

Quintessential Philanthropic Travel
Two Februaries ago, in the middle of a sticky East African night, Ted van Beuren sat in a remote region of Kenya, eyes fixed on the horizon. From his cushy Rusinga Island Lodge bed, near the shores of Lake Victoria, he watched as a storm approached like none he’d ever witnessed. Lightning bolts fired in blinding spurts, each time illuminating a landscape of fallen trees and grazing hippos. And the sound of thunder, at first almost inaudible, rose to a pitch so high it felt like a thousand bombs exploding in unison.

In the same room, van Beuren’s 23-year-old son tried to sleep. But as the seconds passed and the eye of the squall moved closer, a blast of wind burst through the net door, blowing the room’s curtains against the ceiling and the atmosphere into chaos.

“What was that?” Ted Jr. yelled as he jolted upright. “What’s happening?”

A moment later, the skies opened, unleashing a torrent of rain so hard it drowned out the thunder and dimmed the lightning. But as he sat there, the man who had left his safe Pennsylvania neighborhood to visit the unknown halfway around the world could not think about the powerful meteorological event unfolding before him. Nor could he think about fly-fishing, his passion, and one of the adventures he had hoped to share with his son while in Africa.

“All I could think about was what I was going to do with the quality time I had left in my life,” he says. “All I could think about was that morning.” That morning, van Beuren found himself first in Nairobi, in a densely populated slum where orphans of AIDS victims lived alone in extreme poverty. And then later in a village on Rusinga, where a young man without even a high-school education had somehow managed to pull together the necessary means to start not only a medical center, but an international export business to support it.

Images from those encounters did not sweep over van Beuren immediately. But as the day’s cadence slowed, and the clock turned past midnight, and that storm drew near with a strength he’d never seen, they came into focus. As the CEO of one of the biggest multi-sports facilities on America’s East Coast vividly tried to recall every last detail of his day, a message reverberated through his body.

“It was like God was speaking,” van Beuren says. “That storm was his cleansing me, and I knew what I had to do. Everything was all of the sudden extremely clear.”

Philanthropic Travel tests our comfort zones, generates positive emotions, ignites old dreams, empowers entrepreneurial initiatives and recalibrates financial and estate plans for families with a new-found sense of mission.

Our decision to create a living legacy allows us the opportunity to engage our children as financially responsible directors of family philanthropy potentially generating a legacy of global philanthropic engagement that shines like a lighthouse into the future.

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) states that if responsible practices are in place, Philanthropic Travel is the natural interlocutor between the wealth and desires of the global traveler and the socio-economic needs of some of the world’s most remote, but heritage-rich communities, natural and cultural sites.


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Travelers Philanthropy
1. We Are the New Radicals: A Manifesto for Reinventing Yourself and Saving the World by Julia Moulden
Travel Philanthropy says:
  “”If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Indigenous Saying Collaboration creates Prosperity: Philanthropic Travel”
 
2. Beyond Success: Building a Personal, Financial, and Philanthropic Legacy by Randy Ottinger
 
3. The World We Want: New Dimensions in Philanthropy and Social Change by Peter Karoff

4. Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy by Peter Frumkin

5. The Seven Faces of Philanthropy: A New Approach to Cultivating Major Donors (JOSSEY-BASS NONPROFIT & PUBLIC MANAGEMENT SERIES) by Russ Alan Prince

6. Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan and Leaving a Legacy (Kim Klein’s Chardon Press) by Tracy Gary

 
7. The Foundation: A Great American Secret; How Private Wealth is Changing the World by Joel Fleishman
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8. Mapping the New World of American Philanthropy: Causes and Consequences of the Transfer of Wealth by Susan U., Ph.D. Raymond

9. Harvard Business Review on Corporate Responsibility (Harvard Business Review Paperback Series) by Harvard Business School Press

10. Business Ethics: Decision-Making for Personal Integrity & Social Responsibility by Laura P. Hartman

11. Business And Society: A Strategic Approach to Social Responsibility by Debbie Thorne McAlister
 
12. Giving Back: Connecting You, Business, and Community by Peter Economy
 
13. Charity, Philanthropy, and Civility in American History by Lawrence J. Friedman

14. Taking Philanthropy Seriously: Beyond Noble Intentions to Responsible Giving (Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies) by William Damon

15. Seeds of Extinction: Jeffersonian Philanthropy and the American Indian (Norton Library) by Bernard, W. Sheehan

16. “Inventing the Nonprofit Sector” and Other Essays on Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Nonprofit Organizations by Peter Dobkin Hall

17. Inside the Family Office Managing Thr Fortunes of the Exceptionally Wealthy by Russ A Prince and Hannah S. Grove
   
18. Exploring Black Philanthropy: New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising (J-B PF Single Issue Philanthropic Fundraising) by Patrick Rooney
 
19. The Transformative Power of Women’s Philanthropy: New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising (J-B PF Single Issue Philanthropic Fundraising) by Martha A. Taylor

20. Creative Philanthropy: Towards a New Philanthropy for the Twenty-First Century by Helmut K.Anheier

21. Generation Deluxe: Consumerism and Philanthropy of the New Super-Rich by Iris Nowell
 
22. Writing, Travel and Empire: Colonial Narratives of Other Cultures (International Library of Colonial History) by Peter Hulme
 
23. Philanthropy, Patronage, and Civil Society: Experiences from Germany, Great Britain, and North America (Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies) by Thomas Adam
Travel Philanthropy
  “If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Indigenous Saying Collaboration creates Prosperity: Philanthropic Travel”

24. Splendid Legacy: The Guide to Creating Your Family Foundation by National Center for Family Philanthropy (U. S.)
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25. The New Family Office: Strategies for Consulting to the Affluent by Lisa Gray
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A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats: Philanthropic Travel

When we act in ways that confirm our ideals, we make the ideal our reality.

Exquisite Safaris is a pioneer in Philanthropic Travel -our mission is to include philanthropic intent, inspiration, education & empowerment into every luxury travel experience we create. We believe that international travel should enlighten and enrich both traveler and host, while serving as a bridge over which passes friendship, peace, ancient wisdom, technological innovation and economic sustainability.

Historically, the worldwide travel industry has generated large profits and delivered culturally insulated travel experiences while ignoring the welfare of the local communities their clients visit. Those greedy corporate practices excluded economically challenged communities from sharing a reasonable percentage of the prosperity created when travelers visit their World Heritage Sites, enjoy their culture and recreate in their unique environments.

Today, there are old line travel companies announcing their philanthropic programs and advertising a token ‘giving back,’ trip (of the year) or new companies donating to charity if you sign up by X date -just so they can market to you.

Please support the travel industry’s rush to embrace the marketing value of Philanthropic Travel by gently reminding them to increase their commitments to community in at least direct proportion to their marketing campaign budgets. Defining and demanding the full potential of philanthropic travel lies quietly in the hands of you -the enlightened consumer.

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.”
Anita Roddick

Learn More:
Exquisite Safaris clients say…
Travel Connoisseur Magazine on Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel Worldwide
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My First Philanthropic Travel Experience
The Fable of Stone Soup
Understanding Philanthropic Travel
Are We Talking about Philanthropy Yet? No, We Are Not
Travel Philanthropy: Creating Peace
Fast Company Magazine on Philanthropic Travel
PersonalLifemedia.com on Philanthropic Travel
Philanthropic Traveler funded High School opens near Victoria Falls, Zambia
When a Luxury Vacation Cultivates Philanthropy: New York Times

Philanthropic Travelers:
The The One’s Who Do: Visionary Philanthropic Travelers
Visionary Philanthropic Traveler Marc Gold 100 Friends Project
Visionary Philanthropic Traveler Chellie Kew
Rachael Paulson Philanthropic Traveler
Milton & Fred Ochieng: Philanthropic Travelers
Jane Kaye- Bailey: Philanthropic Traveler
Richard Branson: Philanthropic Traveler
Angelina Jolie: Philanthropic Traveler
Oprah Winfrey: Philanthropic Traveler
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Geotourism -sounds like Philanthropic Travel to me…

 


Understanding Geotourism…
If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Indigenous Saying

The Exquisite Safaris philanthropic mission integrates a guided visit to a humanitarian outreach project into every private, luxury, epicurean experience we create. These personal introductions create authentic cross cultural friendships that generate trust, respect, and generous donations funding philanthropic travel projects worldwide. Collaboration creates Prosperity: Philanthropic Travel

Learn More:
New York Times on Philanthropic Travel
Exquisite Safaris clients say…
Travel Connoisseur Magazine on Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel Worldwide
US Air Magazine on Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel: Travel with a Heart
My First Philanthropic Travel Experience
The Fable of Stone Soup
Understanding Philanthropic Travel
Are We Talking about Philanthropy Yet? No, We Are Not
Travel Philanthropy: Creating Peace
Fast Company Magazine on Philanthropic Travel
PersonalLifemedia.com on Philanthropic Travel
Philanthropic Traveler funded High School opens near Victoria Falls, Zambia
When a Luxury Vacation Cultivates Philanthropy: New York Times

Philanthropic Travelers:
The The One’s Who Do: Visionary Philanthropic Travelers
Visionary Philanthropic Traveler Marc Gold 100 Friends Project
Visionary Philanthropic Traveler Chellie Kew
Rachael Paulson Philanthropic Traveler
Milton & Fred Ochieng: Philanthropic Travelers
Jane Kaye- Bailey: Philanthropic Traveler
Richard Branson: Philanthropic Traveler
Angelina Jolie: Philanthropic Traveler
Oprah Winfrey: Philanthropic Traveler
Palm Beach Life Magazine: Philanthropic Travelers



Travelers Philanthropy: We are the New Radicals -Julia Moulden

“I am very excited to be included in this important new book. It is full of innovative and meaningful entrepreneurial ideas: including a segment about “connecting at the heart,” the genesis of Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel. We are the New Radicals is scheduled for release by McGraw Hill on December 21, 2007.” –David Chamberlain

“Across America and around the world, thousands of people who have found success in their chosen careers are getting the call to do something more with their lives -to give something back to a world desperately in need of their help. And you don’t have to be a billionaire to do so..

Each day, we hear new stories of the rich and powerful doing good works: Gates and Buffett, Clinton and Branson, Oprah and Bono. But do you have to be worth billions to do so? No. Can mere mortals transform how they earn their daily bread?

Absolutely Inspiring: practical advice for making your life more meaningful!

We Are The New Radicals presents a new group of role models -ordinary men and women who have reinvented their work so that it provides more meaning, and helps them make a difference in the world. The book offers practical advice for you to do the same. Moulden describes the three paths to becoming a New Radical -innovation, entrepreneurship, and activism-and helps you answer fundamental questions such as “What are my motivations?” “What skills can I leverage?” “What might I do?” and ‘How do I get there from here?”

Eighty million boomers have reached middle age, and surveys show that the vast majority aren’t interested in traditional retirement -in fact, they foresee twenty or thirty active and productive years to come. For a significant proportion of this group, money isn’t the prime motivator behind their desire to continue working. Somehow, without conferring with one another, but informed by the same experiences and influences, these boomers have collectively chosen a single midlife occupation: saving the world.

The New Radicals talk about wanting roles that are personally meaningful, and that allow them to make a difference in the world. We’re eager to reinvent what we do, taking our energy and expertise in new directions. In fact, we believe that while what we’ve accomplished so far is valuable and important, our greatest contribution is yet to come.

The roles we have in mind -and the ones we’ve started to claim -have little to do with sixties radicalism. This is a kinder, gentler variation on a theme. New Radicals are constructive, hopeful, and positive -and determined to do whatever we can to make the world a better place…

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The Fable of Stone Soup
Understanding Philanthropic Travel
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Fast Company Magazine on Philanthropic Travel
PersonalLifemedia.com on Philanthropic Travel
DIY Foreign Policy: Philanthropic Travel
Philanthropic Traveler funded High School opens near Victoria Falls, Zambia
My First Philanthropic Travel Experience
Affluent Parents Dedicated to Instilling Philanthropic Values in their Children
Giving while Living: The Deeper News About the New Philanthropy
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs on the Strategic Steps Out of Poverty
Are We Talking about Philanthropy Yet? No, We Are Not

Philanthropic Travelers:
Visionary Philanthropic Traveler Marc Gold 100 Friends Project
Visionary Philanthropic Traveler Chellie Kew
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Milton & Fred Ochieng: Philanthropic Travelers
Jane Kaye- Bailey: Philanthropic Traveler
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Angelina Jolie: Philanthropic Traveler
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Is Philanthropic Travel the same as Voluntourism?


Jane Kaye Bailey founder of The Butterfly Tree Project and Mukuni Village beneficiary.

“I appreciate the thoughtful points made throughout the following article. I encourage travelers to discern the differences that Philanthropic Travel and Voluntourism offer and to decide which experience appeals to them. Whether you prefer to spend a morning or afternoon connecting with locals as the guest of an Exquisite Safaris Humanitarian Partner (offering a tax deductible donation) and the balance vacationing (Philanthropic Travel); or prefer spending a morning or afternoon vacationing and the balance serving as a volunteer (Voluntourism) -valuable benefits accrue to all who collaborate.” –David Chamberlain

“Who gains the most from volun-tourism?” -Christina Jelly is a senior majoring in biochemistry and philosophy at the University of Arizona.

The University of Arizona sends record numbers of students to study abroad every year. Increasingly, international exchange is viewed as a vital component to the enrichment of our academic career. Not only does study abroad add dimension to our academic studies, but international travel broadens cultural perspectives and imparts invaluable lessons about the complexity and variety of our world.

The growth of study abroad and student exchange programs is illustrative of a broader phenomenon – not only are students venturing out of the country to study, but they are also traveling to developing countries to build schools for the poor, preserve threatened wildlife habitats and volunteer with AIDS patients.

And students are not alone. According to the Travel Industry Association of America, more than 55 million Americans have participated in so-called volunteer vacations – vacations including a jaunt in charitable activities abroad – and some 100 million Americans are contemplating similar trips.

The American commitment to volunteerism fused with our intrepid thirst for travel has created a burgeoning industry of volunteer-abroad service providers. This new brand of volunteer service differs from organizations like the Peace Corps in that it often thrusts untrained individuals into projects in developing countries for a much shorter time period.

Whether volunteers serve for two weeks or two years, they arguably provide a developing community with economic and social benefits, all free of The American commitment to volunteerism fused with our intrepid thirst for travel has created a burgeoning industry of volunteer-abroad service providers. charge and largely motivated by good will. Check out any of the glossy brochures distributed by the volunteer travel industry and you’ll find a diverse range of virtuous projects: community development, conservation, health improvement, teaching, etc.

Yet, volunteer tourists are often equally motivated by the opportunity to travel and feel the personal rewards of philanthropy. Personal satisfaction may be an indivisible element of altruistic acts, but how much are these short-term voluntourism projects aimed at satisfying the personal impulses of the volunteer rather than the needs of the project and the target community?

Many voluntourism providers are for-profit agencies, and as such their priority is to satisfy the consumer. Volunteer service providers like I-to-I and Cross-Cultural Solutions spend hefty sums developing projects that guarantee the volunteer moral satisfaction. Accordingly, they charge high prices for their services – a two-week teaching stint in Ghana can cost up to $1,495. That fee doesn’t even include the thousands of dollars you’ll need to pay for inoculations, flights, meals, in-country transport and visas.

When such agencies spend more time and resources satisfying the desires of volunteers, the sustainability and needs of the volunteer project come second to the caprices of wealthy tourists cum humanitarians. Admittedly, some part of the program fee goes toward the project, but the vast sums of money could probably be better spent on building pre-existing infrastructure within the target community or even right here in the United States.

Voluntourism promotes sentimental concern for the needy abroad that can blind us to the poverty at home. You don’t have to travel to Bolivia or Vietnam or Tanzania to find causes or individuals in need of assistance. Voluntourism can, however, potentially inculcate the pretentious fiction that the only needy beneficiaries of volunteer service are in developing countries. It’s easier that way: after our adrenaline rush of charity we can return to our privileged lives knowing we’ve satisfied our duty to help others.

Yet, the most successful community development and volunteer endeavors are the products of sustained and committed involvement -which a two-week spell cannot imitate. The brevity of volunteer travel programs that makes them so popular also detracts from their efficacy. Projects may be long enough to provide moral fulfillment to the individual volunteer, but they might be too fleeting to have matching benefits to the community.

Granted, the spirit of volunteer travel is noble: international volunteerism fosters solidarity, trust and reciprocity among diverse cultural groups and heralds global community cohesion. As students, when we embark on our voluntourism adventures, we should ensure programs prioritize the short- and long-term gains of the project over the wants of the volunteer. Similarly, we should pledge to use our unique assets and skills to generate tangible benefits for the community, not just impressive additions to our resumes.

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Understanding Philanthropic Travel
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Philanthropic Traveler funded High School opens near Victoria Falls, Zambia
My First Philanthropic Travel Experience
Giving while Living: The Deeper News About the New Philanthropy
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs on the Strategic Steps Out of Poverty
Are We Talking about Philanthropy Yet? No, We Are Not

Philanthropic Travelers:
Marc Gold’s 100Friends lead Philanthropic Travelers in Asia, Africa & South America
Visionary Philanthropic Traveler Chellie Kew
Rachael Paulson Philanthropic Traveler
Milton & Fred Ochieng: Philanthropic Travelers
Jane Kaye- Bailey: Philanthropic Traveler
Richard Branson: Philanthropic Traveler
Angelina Jolie: Philanthropic Traveler
Oprah Winfrey: Philanthropic Traveler
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Travelers Philanthropy: Be of Service

Travelers Philanthropy in Otavalo, Ecuador with Exquisite Safaris

Each of us is more than capable of helping the world, despite our fears and limitations and the uncertainty that holds us back. It is commonly accepted that it is impossible to make a difference without unlimited funding or free time, yet most healing, cleansing, and spreading of joy is accomplished in a matter of minutes. If we vow to make the world a better place one day at a time, the true significance of small good deeds reveals itself to us. We come to see that we can be of service without dedicating our lives to recognized charities or giving up the pleasures we enjoy. The warmth we feel when we help the world is only a tiny part of the affirmative transformations that take place when we make altruism a part of everyday existence.

We make our homes, workplaces, communities, and countries better and brighter when we think positive thoughts that echo outward, give donations of time or money, smile at everyone we meet, and lend those in need of aid our assistance. As we learn, we inadvertently improve the universe because we can only be truly involved when we are informed. Even enthusiastically sharing ideas with others generates positive energy that then serves as the motivation for more tangible change. Selfless and helpful deeds remind us that we exercise some degree of control over a world that can seem chaotic at times. Even the smallest of such deeds is a demonstration of the fact that we are capable of changing the world in a positive way. So much negative energy is generated by the suffering, pain, and close-mindedness we are regularly exposed to, but we can counteract it in a constructive way by thinking and acting altruistically when opportunities to do so arise.

Helping the world often takes no more than a moment, just a wish for the world is a beautiful gesture and can be done by even the busiest of people effortlessly. The gift you give each day need not be grand or attention-worthy because the broader benefits are the same no matter the literal repercussions. Once a day, you can affect reality, and you can reap the rewards of knowing that you are making the world a better place, day by day.

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DailyOm
Understanding Travelers Philanthropy
Fast Company Magazine on Travelers Philanthropy
Philanthropic Traveler funded High School opens near Victoria Falls, Zambia
The Fable of Stone Soup
My First Philanthropic Travel Experience
Affluent Parents Dedicated to Instilling Philanthropic Values in their Children
Giving while Living: The Deeper News About the New Philanthropy
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs on the Strategic Steps Out of Poverty
Are We Talking about Travelers Philanthropy Yet? No, We Are Not

Philanthropic Travelers:
Milton & Fred Ochieng: Philanthropic Travelers
Jane Kaye- Bailey: Philanthropic Traveler
Richard Branson: Philanthropic Traveler
Angelina Jolie: Philanthropic Traveler
Karen Jacobsen: Philanthropic Traveler
Oprah Winfrey: Philanthropic Traveler
Palm Beach Life Magazine: Philanthropic Travelers

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