Posted on | October 12, 2016 | No Comments
It’s hard to say good-bye to a list like that, full of possibility and hope. We’re so proud of the projects that with the help of the travel blogging community we’ve been able to see brought to life.
But the time has come to do just that: To say a fond farewell, if not to the work of improving the world, to this specific way of doing so.
When this modest online fundraiser started, the travel blogging world was a very different – and smaller – place. It was pretty easy to talk to everyone on Twitter. We even commented on each others’ blogs! Instagram was just a speck in our mothers’ eyes and Pinterest was yet to come along. But with the diffusion of everyone’s time and efforts online it’s been harder and harder to attract the kind of attention we need to make an impact. We loved the model for Passports with Purpose and how it created an online community. But as time has gone on and the internet has changed, we’ve found that sustaining and growing that community just isn’t practical anymore.
We have a lot of thank yous to say: To the founders of PwP, whose vision and hard work launched this project and did so much good. To all the travel brands who sponsored our work and generous donated prizes for us to give away. To the travel bloggers who rallied their audiences and wrote eloquently about why they wanted to make a difference. And to every person who ever made a cash donation, whether for $10 or $1000.
We will be sure to share updates from our past beneficiaries when we get a chance – we’re hoping to have some news about our 2015 Worldreader project to share with you soon.
If you are interested in continuing to contribute to Passports with Purpose, although we are not holding our fundraiser this fall we will continue to accept donations through the end of 2016. This money will go to support the school we built in Cambodia in 2009, which could use funds to continue operating (learn more about that project here). As in the past, 100 percent of any funds we raise, less PayPal fees, will go directly to American Assistance for Cambodia. Donate here.
It has truly been an honor and a privilege to work with each and every one of you. Thank you for your past donations, your hard work, and your willingness to believe that we can make a difference just $10 at a time.
Mara, Meg, Michelle and Katie