TRAVEL PHILANTHROPY FUNDS
Millennials are the fastest growing consumer segment of the travel industry. Active, adventurous, connected and socially conscious, Millennials want to engage with places they care about; they want to give back.
Inspired by this tendency toward good global citizenship, we work with tourism companies and destinations to set up Legacy Funds, which allow travelers of all ages to support the places and causes they care about; it’s a win-win approach for travelers and host communities alike.
“I have had the extreme pleasure of working closely with the Sustainable Travel International team for many years, and I believe that travel and tourism in Oregon is better, stronger and more sustainable because of our collaborative efforts.”
– Todd Davidson, CEO, Travel Oregon
TORRES DEL PAINE
Towering granite peaks, shimmering rivers and lakes and magnificent blue and grey glaciers draw an average of 200,000 visitors to Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park each year. As the park’s popularity grows, so do management challenges and risks. Since 1985, Torres del Paine has suffered three major forest fires, all of them started by visitors. And increasing foot traffic continues to take an increasing toll on the park’s limited trail system, which requires ongoing repair.
To help support park maintenance and engage visitors and local businesses in the stewardship of this UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, Sustainable Travel International established the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund in partnership with Fundación Patagonia, AMA Las Torres, and the Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation. The fund’s mission is to enhance the visitor experience and long-term health of Torres del Paine—as well as surrounding communities—through reforestation, trail restoration and recycling projects, for example.
From the tree tops of Mt. Liamuiga to the traditional architecture of Basseterre, St. Kitts abounds with rich natural resources and vibrant cultural heritage. The Heart of St. Kitts Foundation is a travel philanthropy fund committed to conserving these environmental and cultural assets, and enhancing local well-being through community-driven sustainability projects.
The Heart of St. Kitts Foundation was established in 2016 as a collaborative effort between the St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism, the St. Kitts Sustainable Destination Council, and Sustainable Travel International. The Fund’s mission is to build awareness around sustainability priorities in St. Kitts and provide funding for local projects that make St. Kitts a better and more sustainable place to live in and experience.
Whether you’ve lived in Samoa your entire life or are just visiting, it doesn’t take long to realize that these islands are an extraordinary place. However, with challenges such as climate change, unplanned development, and natural disasters increasingly threatening small island nations, it is more imperative than ever to invest in destination stewardship and build community resilience. The Foundation for a Sustainable Samoa was established in 2017 to ensure that all the things we love about Samoa – from the breathtaking natural landscapes to the warm and welcoming people and authentic traditions – continue to thrive for years to come.
Snow-capped Mount Hood. The wild and windswept coastline. Artisanal wineries, breweries, bakeries and coffee roasters. For adventurers, cultural mavens, foodies, star-gazers and navel-gazers, the state of Oregon has got the goods. To ensure that the elements that make Oregon such an outstanding tourist destination remain intact, Sustainable Travel International worked with Travel Oregon to establish the Travel Oregon Forever Fund, which allows visitors and businesses to support its good works around five key areas including environmental stewardship; food and culture; the preservation of historical and cultural sites; and infrastructure improvement, including the construction of bike routes and improved recycling, for example.
As of May 2015, Sustainable Travel International helped the fund to raise $75K and set a goal with Travel Oregon to grow the fund to at least one million dollars over the next 10 years.