Passports with Purpose is an annual Travel Bloggers’ fundraiser.
Passports with Purpose fills the need to do long-lasting good for people in the places travelers visit by uniting an online community and leveraging the social media platforms of hundreds of bloggers around the world. The online travel bloggers fundraiser occurs during a two-week period in December. PwP initiatives benefited Heifer International; the Passports School with American Assistance for Cambodia; a village in Tamil Nadu, India for 25 Dalit families with Land for Tillers’ Freedom; two libraries in Zambia with Room to Read; five wells in Haiti with Water.org; and two schools and two adult literacy programs in Mali with buildOn. PwP was recognized by Travel + Leisure® magazine with a Social Media in Travel + Tourism℠ Awards (SMITTY) for “Best Use of Social Media by an Independent Journalist/Blogger.” During the fundraiser, follow along with the hashtag #PwP.
Here’s how the Passports with Purpose fundraiser works:
- During the fundraiser, individual bloggers procure a prize that will be given away to one lucky donor. They post about Passports with Purpose and the prize on their blog.
- The Passports with Purpose website hosts a list of all the available prizes.
- Travel bloggers around the world promote the fundraiser in social media, through press contacts, and among their personal contacts. Travel companies and media can join in by purchasing a sponsorship or donating unsold ad inventory to host Passports with Purpose ads.
- Donors make a tax deductible donation. For each $10 they donate, they can be entered to win a prize of their choice.
- After the fundraiser ends, a winner is randomly selected for each prize.
In addition to individual donations, a limited number of corporate sponsorships are available. Sponsorships are tax deductible.
Learn more about participating in Passports with Purpose here.
Learn more about the press and accolades Passports with Purpose has received here.
Who we Work With
Each year the Passports with Purpose founders select a charity based on several criteria along with our sense of what would inspire us and the travel bloggers’ community.
Here’s some information about the types of projects we like to fund:
- We like causes that help people in poverty, especially women and children. (If you want to know why, check out Half the Sky and The Girl Effect).
- We’re open to working anywhere in the world. Because we place a value on all human lives being of equal value, we especially like countries and causes where our dollars impact many people.
- We like to set a measurable goal with a tangible outcome. Past projects have included schools, homes and schools — for 2012 we’re funding wells.
- There must be a transition plan that defines what will happen when our financial support comes to an end — we choose projects that have a sustainablity plan built in.
- Because participating bloggers represent a wide range of backgrounds and beliefs, we shy away from charities with a strong religious or political affiliation
- We want to show our donors what they accomplished! The project should be open to visits — as convenient for the hosts — either during or after construction. We also love to receive photos and stories that we can share as our fund-raising is underway and as construction is underway.
And here are some of the other criteria we consider:
- How long the charity has been in operation and their track record with the type of project we would be funding.
- The charity’s programs and finances have been independently evaluated and are highly regarded.
- A viable timeline for completion.
- Ability to add to or enhance the program if we raise additional funds.
- Open communication before, during and after the fundraiser.