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Dos and Don'ts of Travel Giving

Travelers' desire to help, interact, and learn from those they meet during their holiday is clearly positive. However, there are sometimes unintended consequences from these good intentions. Misguided contributions can perpetuate cycles of dependency, cause corruption, burden communities with unwanted or inappropriate donations, and require recipients to spend time and resources to handle ‘gifts’ they didn’t request or cannot use.

As part of our Travelers’ Philanthropy program, the Center for Responsible Travel asked a dozen experienced tour operators and tourism organizations who are engaged in supporting local community projects how they respond to some of the most frequently asked questions and suggestions from travelers about ‘giving’ while on holiday. Though they sometimes expressed differing views, overall they agree that when, how, and what to contribute needs to be decided by the host community, not the tourist or the tourism company.

Travel Giving Dos and Don'ts Bookmark (PDF-Convenient format)
Travel Giving Dos and Don'ts (PDF)
Travel Giving Dos and Don'ts (Extended Version) (PDF)
Additional Resources (PDF)

These reports contain a summary of the experts' responses. They are intended to highlight some of the complexities behind donation and help build a more enlightened traveling public. They are also intended to assist tourism businesses in crafting appropriate ways to harness the goodwill and generosity of their guests while meeting genuine needs in the host communities.

Travelers' Philanthropy White Paper
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Travelers' Philanthropy: Helping Communities Build Economic Assets and Sustain Environmental and Cultural Resources in an Era of Rapid Globalization (PDF)

Travelers' Philanthropy Handbook

Honey, Martha, editor, Travelers' Handbook, published by CREST, February 2011.

This seminal CREST publication marks the first comprehensive publication on travelers’ philanthropy. This 250-page Handbook includes original essays, case studies, and surveys by some 30 exerts, plus a Foreword by Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr. Wangari Maathai. The Handbook covers the principles, origins and growth of travelers’ philanthropy and offers practical ‘how to’ advice, do’s and don’ts, and best practices for businesses, community organizations, and travelers interested in developing or participating in travel ‘give back’ programs.

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Chapter 1: Core Components of Travelers' Philanthropy

  • Origin and Overview of Travelers' Philanthropy by: Martha Honey
  • Travelers' Philanthropy and the Good Samaritan by: David (Jonah) Western
  • What is Successful Philanthropy? by: Mark J. Spalding

Chapter 2: Approaches to Travelers' Philanthropy - Case Studies

  • Overview of Various Models by: Martha Honey
  • Intrepid Travel and The Intrepid Foundation by: Jane Crouch
  • Myths and Mountains and READ Global by: Antonia Neubauer
  • International Galapagos Tours Operators Association (IGTOA) by: David Blanton
  • Holbrook Travel and Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center by: Andrea Holbrook
  • Hotel Punta Islita by: Maria J. Barquero
  • Rock Resorts and Vail Resorts by: Julie Klein
  • Villages of Loreto Bay and Loreto Bay Foundation by: Mark J. Spalding
  • Calabash Tours & Calabash Trust by: Paul Miedema
  • New York Restoration Project's Ne Leaf Restaurant & Bar by: Nik Charov, Lauren Loeb
  • Country Walkers by: Sonya Bradley
  • Educational Travel and Travelers' Philanthropy - The Gambia by: Marina Novelli
  • Global Sojourns and the GS Giving Circle by: Priscilla Macy
  • GoPhilanthropic by: Lydia Dean
  • Elevate Destinations by: Dominique Callimanopulos, Kristie Giannetto
  • Monteverde - A Destination-Level Travelers' Philanthropy Initiative by: Robert Bailes

Chapter 3: Voluntourism

  • Voluntourism - An Overview by: Kristin Lamoureux
  • Advice for Potential Voluntourists by: Via International
  • PEPY Tours and Voluntourism by: Daniela Ruby Papi
  • Consumer Interest in Voluntourism by: Martha Honey

Chapter 4: Engaging Tourism Businesses

  • How Companies Can Establish and Manage Giving Programs by: Jane Crouch
  • Working with Donors in Travel-Based Philanthropy by: Lars Lindkvist
  • Communications and Marketing of Travelers' Philanthropy Programs by: Andrew Bill
  • The Ask - Or is it the Offer? by: Sam Ham
  • Survey of Tour Operators in Arusha, Tanzania by: Johanna Wolff
  • Readiness Check List for Businesses by: Judy Kepher-Gona

Chapter 5: Engaging Communities and Local Organizations

  • How to Manage Interaction with Community Projects by: Jane Crouch
  • Survey of Recipient Organizations in Arusha, Tanzania by: Jessie Davie
  • The School of St. Jude: What Can I send?
  • Rift Valley Children's Village (RVCV) Visitor Policy by: India Howell
  • Unwanted Philanthropy by: Priscilla Macy and Jane Crouch

Chapter 6: Engaging Travelers

  • Unintended Consequences of the Travelers' Best Intentions by: David Abernethy
  • Consumer Demand for Travelers' Philanthropy by: Martha Honey
  • Why Travelers' Become Philanthropists: Donor Motivations by: Jill Talladay
  • My Role as a Guide in Promoting Travelers' Philanthropy by: Juan Carlos Yanez
  • Legal Issues - Incentives to Give by: Keir Gumbs

Chapter 7: Conclusion - Lessons Learned and Best Practices

  • Lessons Learned and Best Practices by: Martha Honey
  • Additional Resources
  • Biographies of Authors
  • About Center for Responsible Travel

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Tourism in the Developing World: Promoting Peace and Reducing Poverty

Honey, Martha and Raymond Gilpin, "Tourism in the Developing World: Promoting Peace and Reducing Poverty," Special Report, United States Institute of Peace, October 2009.

The following four essays were prepared as background documents for the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) Special Report, Tourism in the Developing World: Promoting Peace and Reducing Poverty which is posted above. A grant from USIP provided funds for these authors and Aditi Chanchani from Equations to attend CREST’s Travelers’ Philanthropy Conference, held in Arusha, Tanzania in December 2008.

Tourism: Preventing Conflict, Promoting Peace, by Martha Honey, Ph.D, CREST

Ecotourism, Conservation and Development in East Africa: How the Philanthropic Traveler Can Make a Difference, by David (Jonah) Western, Ph.D.

Tourism in India: Role in Conflict and Peace, by EQUATIONS, India

Peace and Tourism in Nigeria, by Bola Olusola Adeleke, Ph.D., Redeemer’s University, Nigeria

Wolff Paper

Wolff, Johanna, "Results of Travelers' Philanthropy Survery", a summary of key findings in " Travelers' Philanthropy: analyzed on the basis of the willingness to give donations to safari tourism in Tanzania," Masters' Thesis, October 12, 2009, Sustainable Tourism Management, University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde, Germany. Free on website.

Advances in Travel Philanthropy:Raising money through the travel and tourism industry for charitable purposes

Goodwin, Harold, Lucy McCombes, and Claudia Eckhardt, “Advances in Travel Philanthropy: Raising money through the travel and tourism industry for charitable purposes,” commissioned by World Travel Mart and presented at WTM Responsible Tourism Dave Report 2, November 2009. Available from International Center for Responsible Tourism (ICRT).

Travel Philanthropy Report

Goodwin, Harold, ICRT and Claudia Eckardt, Cinnamon Tourism Consulting, Ltd, “Travel Philanthropy Report,” World Travel Mart, London, 2008. Available from International Center for Responsible Travel (ICRT).

Resident Attitudes Towards Voluntourism: Perceived Impacts of Voluntourism

McGehee, Nancy, “Resident Attitudes Towards Voluntourism: Perceived Impacts of Voluntourism,“

Best Practices in Travel Philanthropy Manual: Tour Operator Sector

Sustainable Travel International (STI), “Best Practices in Travel Philanthropy Manual: Tour Operator Sector”, Vol. 1, December 2008.

Best Practices in Travel Philanthropy Manual: Accommodation Sector

Sustainable Travel International, “Best Practices in Travel Philanthropy Manual: Accommodation Sector”, Vol. 1, December 2008.

Volunteer Tourism Experiences That Make a Difference

Wearing, Stephen. Volunteer Tourism Experiences That Make a Difference. Wallingford, Oxon: CABI, 2001. Print.

Emerging Best Practices in Adventure Tourism and Volunteering

Xola, Emerging Best Practices in Adventure Tourism and Volunteering, 2007,


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