Posted on | November 25, 2014 | 4 Comments
UPDATE: Our prize catalogue is live! After you’ve had a chance to convince yourself with our excellent reasons to donate, we hope you’ll check it out.
We’re pretty excited here at Passports with Purpose virtual HQ. Our catalogue is filling up with prizes, our bloggers are sending links to fabulous posts, and our start date is fast approaching. On Monday, December 1st at 11:59 p.m. EST, our catalogue will be live and our fundraiser to help families farm sustainably in Honduras will begin!
But before we get started, we thought this would be a great time to step back and ask the question: Why donate to Passports with Purpose?
- We know that there are many ways to give – especially at this time of year.
- We know that there is an endless world of need.
- We know that it’s hard to discern what charities are on the up and up and who you can trust.
- We know that with bad news coming from so many quarters, sometimes it’s also difficult to know just where to direct positive energy so that it has a meaningful effect.
And so that’s why we’re offering:
Our top 5 reasons for donating to Passports with Purpose
1. You can trust our charities. The Passports with Purpose board works hard to vet the charities we choose to fund, starting months ahead of the fundraiser. Charities have to fill out an application and we go through a process of back and forth with them to make sure all of our questions are answered. We interview people on the board of the charity, look at the past work they’ve done (they have to have a least a three-year track record of completing similar projects), and make absolutely certain that everything looks good in their Charity Navigator profile (for this reason, we only work with not-for-profits in the United States, although we also require that they partner with an indigenous charity in the country we are supporting). We also tend to work with smaller organizations that don’t have a lot of overhead – so you know that the money you are giving goes directly to the people who need it most.
2. Our projects get done in places of great need. We fund only discrete, bricks-and-mortar projects with visible results. Whether it’s schools, libraries, villages, wells, or in this year’s case, farm fields in Honduras, everything we do is verifiable. And in fact, we’ve often gone to see the projects for ourselves. Members of our team have been to Zambia to see the libraries we built, Haiti for the opening of one of the wells, and board member Katie Aune headed to Mali this week to see the schools we funded in 2013. Our projects may not be the biggest – but you can rest assured that every one of them is meaningful, lasting, and has a direct impact on peoples’ lives.
3. You can make a difference without giving a lot. Over the past seven years, we’ve raised over $400,000. Some of that came from corporate sponsors, but the majority was made $10 at a time. That’s right: just $10 helps us meet our goals. And since our entire fundraiser is run online by volunteers, our overhead is incredibly low. In fact, 100 percent of the money given through our catalogue of prizes (minus the PayPal fees) goes directly to our charity of choice.
4. We represent the power of community. At the moment there 80 travel bloggers signed up to help out with Passports with Purpose in 2014. They have sought out prizes, will write posts, and will share, share, share on social media until their fingers are surely tired. Why? Because they believe in their collective power to make a difference. Because they love to travel the world and want to give something back to the planet. Because they are thrilled to give their readers a chance to win wonderful prizes while doing good. Because there is joy in working together. That’s why in 2013 Travel + Leisure put their stamp of approval on our work by giving us a SMITTY Award for the best use of social media by travel bloggers.
5. It’s fun! Who says generosity has to be a purely serious business? Our fundraiser offers a treasure trove of prizes to dream about, bid on, and yes, possibly even win. The joy of giving is magnified by the thrill of suspense as we all wait to see who the lucky winners are.
Our fundraiser will take place from 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, December 1 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
- Learn more about our 2014 charity Sustainable Harvest International.
- Learn more about why and how we’re helping in Honduras.
- Learn more about how our fundraiser works.
And finally, in this season of gratitude, we want to say THANK YOU – thank you to our founders whose vision has held true all these years; thanks to our generous sponsors who provide us with cash donations and prizes; thanks to our travel bloggers who year after year come back with enthusiasm; and thanks to you, our donors who make our work possible.
All the photos in this post courtesy of Sustainable Harvest International – showcasing some of the work they do around Central America.