Giving Back

For those of us who travel regularly and who have access to places many people may never go, it should be a honor and an opportunity to share any cultural insight about a new place you are able to explore, such as a fact, a statistic, a tip, a personal story about an individual/family. Or perhaps highlight a problem that everyone can help out with. Travel bloggers – if all of our collective media platforms are indeed “global” and we’re putting in the effort to post anyway, then let’s use that ability to share more, make it authentic and insightful (*read my earlier piece about cultural storytellers). Wasn’t learning about new places what you excited to travel in the first place? Isn’t helping people who need it in countries we leave behind part of our obligation?

No doubt most of us have good intentions and want to help more communities or a person/place who needs it. Maybe we volunteer, maybe we donate, maybe we shed light on an issue with our social channels (more of that for good please), but
there are always opportunities to share information with others on how to get involved (make sure you vet them first), with a simple post, link or insta-story mention. Let’s do that and champion these organizations trying to make the world a better place!

 

–> Find opportunities to volunteer in your community on Volunteer Match or Great Non Profits

–> Small acts today like donating your airline points, donating online, 1 billion acts of peace

–> Pack some extra supplies for an area you are visiting using Pack For A Purpose

–> *Make sure the organizations you are working with are actually helping, not hurting. There have been multiple reports on “volunteer tourism” and some of the negative impact it can have in the wrong circumstances. Know the facts!

 

Start Your Own Fundraising Campaign

Both Kickstarter and Act Blue are excellent platforms for raising money for a cause, person or place. Ditto with raising funds with a product on TeeSpring

 

Travel Opportunities to Build

Habitat For Humanity: helps families build and improve places to call home. They also offer a  Global Village volunteer program

Happy Hearts Fund: Rebuilding communities around the world

American Foundation for Children with AIDS:  Volunteering with the organization’s Kenyan partner Mombasa Catholic Community-Based Health Care Project.

Journey: creates impact travel experiences in international and domestic destinations, often involves building too.

 

Fighting The Good Fight

Amnesty International – A global movement of more than 7 million people in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end abuses of human rights.

ACLU – For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Renew that membership every year!

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Turned in a global leader: We see equal value in all lives. And so we are dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals around the world. From the education of students in Chicago, to the health of a young mother in Nigeria, we are catalysts of human promise everywhere.

United Nations Foundation –  Links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access

 

Charitable Organizations

Medical: Doctors Without Borders – An independent, global movement providing medical aid where it’s needed most. Often times in the most war-torn areas of the world.

Health/Poverty: Obviously the Red Cross , The Rotary Foundation , Direct Relief

Refugees: The NY Times did a great article about how to help refugees around the world. Organizations like Rescue

Education: Peace Jam, Global Education Fund,

Women & Children: UN Women (you can donate for membership to your local chapter), Every Mother Counts, UNICEF, Save the Children, CARE International, World Vision

Environmental:  Sierra Club, Greenpeace, National Resources Defense CouncilLeonardo DiCaprio Foundation,

Animal Welfare: World Wildlife FundNational Wildlife Federation, Global Wildlife Conservation,

Water Access: Charity Water, MIYA, Water.org, Columbia Water Center, Water Is Life

 

Do you have any other favorites? Please let us know if there is a great organization you would like to highlight. Thank you!