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.

Understanding Philanthropic Journeys

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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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The High Purpose Company & Philanthropic Travel

Why Corporate Social Responsibility is Good for Business and How to Distinguish Between True and False CSR

“The well-presented evidence buttresses a forceful argument that companies that care about more than making money can still succeed.” -Publishers Weekly

From Tyco’s apology for wrongdoing to the success of IKEA due to the ideals of its founder, Arena takes her readers through the five steps of evolution into a high-purpose company:

#1 See the Bigger Picture:
A sustainable society and environment are necessary for the success of a company. Plowing through natural resources or not supporting the local community hurts a company’s long-term viability.

#2 Face the Truth: Admitting mistakes, rather than lying to the public, builds trust. Research shows that stakeholders are more forgiving to companies that apologize for their actions. It also allows companies to assess what improvements need to be made.

#3 Set Intent -Then Purpose:
Companies must ask themselves what their ideal results are and what strengths they have (and don’t have) that will allow them to achieve their goals.

#4 Transcend and Include: When a company reaches this stage it becomes a high-purpose company by having engineered technologies and solutions that meet societal needs.

#5 Anchor: At this stage a company’s identity and its higher purpose have become indistinguishable. Without the higher purpose the company would be weakened and may even fall apart.

THE HIGH PURPOSE COMPANY: The Truly Responsible (and Highly Profitable) Firms That Are Changing Business Now, by Christine Arena, Award-Winning Author of Cause for Success

Arena defines high purpose as the sum of a company’s values and its daily practices. A high-purpose company does not spend millions telling the public about their values without putting them into action. To determine what companies are actually practicing corporate responsibility, Arena assembled a team of 10 MBA students from McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management to analyze 75 well-known corporations from major industries that actively promote their commitment to society and the environment. The companies ranged from JetBlue Airways to Wal-Mart to Patagonia.

Arena’s team dug deep. They studied public records, news articles and company-issued reports. They interviewed stakeholders that included not just employees, executives and shareholders but, also, consumers, watchdog groups and industry experts. The results were surprising. They revealed that contributing to the greater good is more than just a marketing tool –it is a market opportunity.

THE HIGH PURPOSE COMPANY illustrates to readers that a corporation does not have to choose between being socially responsible and making a profit. Rather, being a high purpose company leads to success.

“Companies that offer people something that’s vital and substantive are more inclined to prevail,” says Arena. “In this way, corporate responsibility pays.”

In an age where companies such as Enron and Tyco have created a disillusioned public, the concept of corporate responsibility may seem to be an anomaly.

In THE HIGH PURPOSE COMPANY: The Truly Responsible (and Highly Profitable) Firms That Are Changing Business Now, corporate strategist and researcher Christine Arena shows readers why corporate responsibility is necessary for success in today’s business world, and tells how to distinguish between the extraordinary companies driven by purposeful ideals and those companies that merely pretend to be responsible.

Additional Reviews:
“Kudos to Christine Arena for daring to challenge sound bite thinking! She asks important questions and requires the reader to take a fresh look at what it means for companies to be responsible.” -Sue Mecklenburg, vice president sustainable procurement practices, Starbucks Coffee Company

“Arena cuts through the hype and de-mystifies what can seem like a very complex field. This book is a must read for CEO’s and future leaders of firms of all sizes.” -Linda Dunkel, President & CEO, Interaction Associates

“Arena strikes a healthy balance by looking at what’s right and wrong with the CSR movement. She manages to inspire without ignoring the challenges ahead.” -Mats Lederhausen, managing director, McDonald’s Ventures

“A well written and engaging book that offers a new perspective on corporate social responsibility. Arena clearly presents her points and methodology, alternating between compelling case studies and tightly defined frameworks.” – Liz Maw, Executive Director, Net Impact

“An important and much needed book. Arena unlocks the secret at the heart of business, that companies that say “it’s only business” may be abandoning the maximized profit they so monomaniacally seek.” -Gil Friend, CEO, Natural Logic

About the Author:
Christine Arena is a corporate strategist, researcher and the award-winning author of Cause for Success. In the process of studying the corporate responsibility movement, Christine has interviewed hundreds of executives and change makers in the field. Her books enable readers to easily distinguish between true and false corporate social responsibility (CSR), or winning and losing strategic approaches. Christine is a frequent speaker on the subject of CSR effectiveness to corporate and academic audiences worldwide, serves as a strategic partner to change management consulting firm Interaction Associates, and sits on the advisory panels of green business ventures IdealBite.com and Urban Re:Vision. A masters graduate of New York University, she lives in San Francisco with her husband.

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