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Impact or Accolades

When we operated in Rwanda, people were chomping at the bit to come and work with us. Why? Rwanda has been a hotbed for conflict (in the past). It’s right next to the DRC, another hot zone. These places are sexy to budding activists. Those that work in these areas are regarded as better, more…

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A Dynamic Duo

I’ve been writing a lot about celebrity philanthropy lately. Suffice it to say, it has been the topic of many conversations lately amongst friends here in Kenya. I’m a supporter of celebrity philanthropy. When a celebrity uses their power to support a great organization, cause or campaign, I consider that a success for mankind. There…

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But It’s Not for the Right Reasons…

Celebrity philanthropy is quite a hot topic these days. They have their share of haters, but overall, I support their decision to leverage their finances, time and influence for altruism, no matter their reason for doing it. I’m not real choosey about who wants to be a philanthropist or why. I have more complaints about…

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If I Want to do More?

Clients that come to me wanting to do more than just support an already existing charity, often ask me about starting their own charity or social venture that would serve a developing country. I typically have one standard reply. If you want to serve a developing country (or group of people), you’ve got two choices.…

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THE INDUSTRY OF AID: Charity or Business?

Giving to a charity feels good. If you were raised in America or the UK, you’re likely very comfortable and familiar with giving to various causes. It’s part of the fabric of modern developed society. We know there is a need for charity work, especially in developing regions like Africa. We need emergency food, access…

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Who Needs Celebrity Philanthropy?

The masses continuously lambast the likes of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Bono, complaining about their incessant philanthropic focus and how it only serves to bolster their careers. Why are these celebrities using their star power to generate millions of dollars for charity and garner backing from influential political leaders when they could just keep…

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THE INDUSTRY OF AID: Inspire Me

I just read an excerpt from a book called “The Last Lecture”. Mr. Pausch said, “When you use money to fight poverty, it can be of great value, but too often, you’re working at the margins. When you’re putting people on the moon, you’re inspiring all of us to achieve the maximum of human potential,…

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We Chose This Life

From the first time I saw We Are the World on MTV in 1985, I was hooked on Africa. I was 6 at the time. I dreamed of coming to Africa to “help”. I had no idea of the journey that would unfold as I followed that dream. As the years passed, my attention was…

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Love Manifests Love

I realize how blessed I am to have a happy marriage, to a wife I admire and respect, that inspires me to be a better man, and that I am madly in love with. We have an adopted son, Francois, from Rwanda that we love dearly. He calls me “father”. I am teaching him to…

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More Humanity Please

Prior to the 1492 invasion, American Indians lived rather peacefully, and without money. They lived communally, taking care of one another. People did not act so much as individuals, but as one unit. Then we moved into the trading era, where American Indians began to trade with one another and the Europeans. Soon, society began…

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