Becoming a true philanthropist is a journey of self-discovery. It is also an invitation to take part in social transformation - when individuals and communities are changed for the better. The act of giving touches both the giver and the recipient; each one is changed as a consequence.
It is 10am. The private coach is waiting exactly where it's supposed to be, in front of the grand main entrance of the Musée d'Orsay. I climb inside and claim a seat alongside my fellow American travelers, of which there are fourteen.
What I found so fascinating about Bhutan was that they have created 'Gross National Happiness' which means they determine the success of the country based on the happiness in their souls as opposed to the amounts of money in their pockets.
A few hours riding from the Taj Mahal is the city of Lucknow. It was here that I bumped into a man on his way to a rural village. I didn't have anywhere to stay and he offered me free gas when I got to his village. I was about to be in for quite a shock.
Every visit to the White House is special, but there is something very exciting about witnessing this event. Perhaps it is because I am a painter and I understand the years of work that went into what they have achieved and I can rejoice with them in their successes.
Non-profit organizations are businesses just like any for-profit entity, but with a social mission. They have to invest not only in the "product," but also in the systems, infrastructure and operations to support the end product.