By Bobby Sager
has been not only a most generous and dedicated benefactor of the Science for Monks
program since it was launched 12 years ago, but also he
is a direct witness to its flourishing.
is a tough-minded businessman who made a fortune by seeing opportunity where others have not.
In 2000, Bobby
wife and kids founded the Sager Family Traveling Foundation & Roadshow
Three-dozen trips later, the Sagers have established their own special brand of hands-on, eyeball-to-eyeball philanthropy.
, there are no handouts, no charity.
philanthropy uses business principles and business accountability, whether it's fostering entrepreneurship in Rwanda and Palestine, training teachers in Pakistan, or a leadership program for Tibetan monks.
camera as a way to connect with people, Sager's photographs have been featured in numerous publications and have been seen by over 4 million people at concerts and events around the world.
authored The Power of the Invisible Sun (Chronicle Books, 2009), which was featured on NBC's
The Today Show and ABC World News
, and UNICEF selected the book as one of its featured publications.
Sager has been a pioneer in catalyzing Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) as a platform to make a difference.
In 2001, Bobby was a founding chairman of YPO Peace Action Network, which convenes business leaders from different sides of conflicts.
That network has now grown into eight Social Enterprise Networks with 6,000 members who are engaged in making a difference all over the world.
has been recognized by YPO as the first ever recipient of their Global Humanitarian Award, and he
recently won YPO's most prestigious Hickok Award for distinguished service.
He is also Honorary Consul General for the governments of both Rwanda and Nepal and has given speeches at venues around the world including the General Assembly Hall of the UN and the Sydney Opera House.
Bobby was the Executive Producer for A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006), winner of Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Prize and Venice Film Festival's Critics' Week Prize.
philanthropy was the inspiration for the NBC prime-time drama The Philanthropist (2009).
Bobby received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Brandeis University and a Master's in Management from Yale University.
Mandatory credit line: From Beyond the Robe by Bobby Sager
, published by powerHouse Books