Posted by: sforshner | September 3, 2008

this week’s travel finds: see your donation in action

There is no doubt that integrating charitable service into one’s travel experience is a growing trend. In fact I don’t think I can say it better than Girlfriend Getaways’ Jennifer Wilson did in her recent story “Donors without borders: charity-affiliated trips”:

It used to be that if you wanted to give money to charity, you simply sent a check. Nowadays, people are traveling abroad to see their donations in action. 

           Courtesy of Travelers Philanthropy: Part of a World, Not dominating a World

Recently, David Chamberlain of Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel Worldwide, was kind enough to inform me of the unique travel experiences that his organization provides. 

Founded to support grassroots organizations in Africa, Asia, South America and India, they donate $250 per traveler to their project partners and teach travelers about open hearted giving and global citizenship – designing and choreographing every aspect of your journey, which always integrates indigenous local culture. They recently partnered with Black Rock Solar, a non-profit with the simple goal of taking on climate change by building low or no cost solar power in unlikely places. And soon, ESPT will be doing their first Philanthropic Trip to benefit the USA for Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY

To plan an Exquisite Safari visit

 Stephen Savoia/Associated Press

And I would like to mention a big thank you to Jeff Ives of the New England Aquarium for keeping me in the loop regarding the right whale/ships speed regulation, which is out of Cheney’s office and up for final comment. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) filed their Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Ship Strike Reduction rule.  Right whale researcher Amy Knowlton reports that implementation of the Final Rule in US waters means that right whales will have greater protection from vessel strikes throughout their range along the eastern seaboard of the U.S. and Canada.                                    

Check out all the press this has been getting – and if you want to submit for the Final Environmental Impact Statement, you can find more info on the NMFS ship strike page.



  1. I seriously need more money so I can travel AND give to charity. I want to go on an exquisite safari!

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