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Transcript: Adrenaline Philanthropy

As I was studying all of the tribes that where in Peru before the Incas, each one of them had their own textile form, their own style, their own design, their own gold making. The tribe that was most interesting — that spoke to me, that resonated to me — was the Chimu. I didn't choose my name David, and after 45 years, this is my life. I can do what I want and this is a nickname I like.

I had no intention of starting a charity. From day one this was accidental philanthropy, for lack of a better word. I started as a conservative real estate investor, grew up in Dallas, and moved to Austin to simplify my life. Shortly thereafter, I began to collect tribal art, indigenous art, pre-Columbian art, and that led me to the question of, "Who made this art and where did these people go?"

Took a trip down into South America, went to Peru. Fell absolutely in love with the people, which piqued my curiosity to travel to other countries, and before I knew it I went to about 60 countries around the world over about a five-year period. During that time, I've stumbled upon my true passion, and that's my love for these indigenous people. I'm probably one of the first Westerners that have come into these communities with 25,000 U.S. dollars and calmly asked them, "What do you need? How can we help?" when we're asking nothing in return.

We've found their organization’s far more important to handle it themselves, to come up with their own ideas, to execute it themselves — to gain a sense of ownership, self-esteem, self-respect, and self-confidence, so they can carry on.

I've had a banking relationship with Wells Fargo for about 10 to 12 years now. If it weren't for the trust they've given us and the belief in us and the belief in me and my passion, then we wouldn't be doing as well as we are. It's something I'll spend the rest of my life doing — being involved in passionately trying to do my best to help others.