When you place a bid, you will be given the opportunity to select your choice of beneficiary.
This quarter’s auctions benefit:
We at Generous Adventures have selected the following nonprofit organizations as recipients of our profits because of their commitment to making the world a better place.
Past Beneficiaries include:
Almerinda Malaquias Foundation
American Diabetes Association
American Hiking Society
Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club
Arid Recovery Project
Belize National Youth Chess Foundation
Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute
Canadian Center for Pollution Prevention
Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Children’s Health Foundation
Coalition Against Breast Cancer, Inc.
Cook Inlet Keeper
Doctors Without Borders
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Friends of the Earth Japan
Global Citizens Network
Global Volunteers Network
Habitat for Humanity
The Homer Foundation
Hopelink and Northwest Harvest in the Seattle area
International Breast Cancer Research Foundation
International Center for Environmental, Social and Policy Studies
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust
Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council
Mangrove Action Project
National Audubon Society
National Parks Conservation Association
Natural Resources Defense Council
Otter Beach Educational Center
Rainforest Action Network
Relief for Haiti – Artists for Peace and Justice
Save Our Seas Foundation
Sustainable Harvest International
Wewe Na Maasai
White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood
World Wildlife Fund
Information For Non-profit Organizations
Generous Adventures (GA) helps non-profit organizations raise money. We sell donated trips and accommodations in our online auction and have been giving our profits to carefully selected organizations benefiting people and places around the world, since 1997. GA is the only all-travel benefit auction on the Internet and we receive over 250,000 hits to our website/month. Our audience consists of professionals traveling 6-7 times/year for leisure, whose incomes are higher than the U.S. national average.
All Generous Adventures beneficiaries must have one of the following:
- USA: IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status
- Canada: 248(1) of the Income Tax Act that has a registration number issued by the Department of National Revenue
- Equivalent documentation from the country of operation
We work with educational, service, health and environmental organizations. For the moment, religious and political organizations are not included.
We offer two ways for non-profit organizations to benefit from our auctions.
In our General Auction, Generous Adventures’ panel of advisors selects three or four non-profit organizations as beneficiaries. These beneficiaries share the balance of the quarterly profits from the sales of all trips and accommodations on www.generousadventures.com. Bidders select from these non-profit organizations when they make a bid. Only the choice of the winning bidder will receive funds from the sale of a trip or accommodation. Unfortunately, this sometimes ends up looking like a popularity contest between beneficiaries and for smaller non-profit organizations, it has proven to be a not so profitable means of fundraising.
We have donated 100% of our net profit – approximately 45% of our gross income from our general auction, to worldwide charities since we began in 1997. Generous Adventures is a ‘no-frills’ organization. We employ one full-time staff member, two part-time staff, and five members of an extended support team, almost all of whom volunteer a portion of their time.
All beneficiaries must apply to and be approved by Generous Adventures’ panel of advisers. We encourage interested charities to submit a one-page letter of request for support, including your mission statement to the land or email address below. Be sure and include your organizations plans for publicizing your presence as a beneficiary on www.generousadventures.com. Our review panel meets in June. Once selected, each organization is included in our general auction for approximately three months (three auction closings).
1820 Logan St.
Anchorage, Alaska 99508 USA
A Note to Consider: If you are selected as a beneficiary with Generous Adventures, we recommend you inform your members and supporters by letter or newsletter, link to www.generousadventures.com from your website, and/or otherwise notify your constituency. We have learned that the more this is done, the more your organization is likely to be selected by bidders as the recipient of funds.
We sell your auction items for you. No application necessary.
Of the two fundraising opportunities we offer nonprofit organizations through Generous Adventures Travel Auctions, Network Auctions offer the greatest potential for profit. In these auctions, your organization secures donated trips or accommodations, adhering to simple standards set by Generous Adventures. Generous Adventures then lists the donation on www.generousadventures.com, advertises, sells and follows up on these trips. 70% of the proceeds from the sale of these offers go to the participating nonprofit organization.
Benefits to your organization:
• Tap into funds outside your local community
• Receive national and international publicity
• Fundraising made simple: No meetings to hold. No event to produce. No volunteers to manage. No advertising necessary.
Generous Adventures provides the following services:
• Free consultation
• Upload of all trips and accommodation descriptions onto website
• Inclusion in our homepage slideshow
• Includes trip/accommodation donor’s photo on auction website
• Links to donor’s website (in two places)
• Maintains online auction
• Tracks all traffic to provider’s website
• Answers all auction-related emails and phone calls
• Sends email notices and newsletters to registered bidders regarding auction close dates
• Notifies high bidders of their wins
• Notifies trip/accommodation donor of high bidders
• Sends thank-you letters to donors
• Collects funds and pays payment-related fees
• Disburses funds to nonprofit organization
• Mails gift certificates to high bidders
• Publicizes Generous Adventures Travel Auction
Nonprofit Organization’s Responsibilities:
• Follow Generous Adventures Guidelines (see bottom of page).
• Secure donated offer and gift certificate (this can be a one-paragraph communication)
• Deliver confirmation of offer or gift certificate by email or snail mail to GA (if a donor authorizes a trip in writing without a gift certificate, we will produce a gift certificate for them.)
All offers listed on GA website must have a $200 minimum value.
Generous Adventures strongly recommends that you inform your membership and supporters of the auction via newsletter/email/other. Generous Adventures has been operating since 1997, and has never experienced a credit card dispute. However, in the event that a credit card payment is disputed, GA will attempt to remedy that dispute. If GA is unable to remedy said dispute, GA will credit the client 30% of the amount and refer them
to your organization for the balance.
It’s important to know that soliciting donations from businesses for this type of project is different than what you may have experienced in past fundraising projects. When businesses understand that they will be listed on our website that receives over a ¼ million hits a month, it generally changes their response. This becomes an in-kind marketing opportunity for them. We create a web page for them, link to their website and guarantee to send traffic to them. We also link to their email address, and include a description and photograph of their offer on our website. We track the number of hits
to their page and to their website. We keep donors listed with a live link to their site for one year and give them a permanent listing on our website. We never take any commission on future sales. There is also a tax benefit for donations and we encourage donors to contact their tax consultant for details.
Many providers donate multiple offers per year for the publicity. All trips open for bid at 55% of their market value.
We ask that you do not contact any of the trip/accommodation providers we work with. These are listed on our website in our SEARCH category as Past Providers Directory. Before contacting potential donors, please check to be sure that your donor isn’t on this list.
Your organization may list as few as 1 (one) trip or accommodation with Generous Adventures. There is no maximum number of listings you may offer.
There is no fee for participating in a Generous Adventures Travel Auction. 30% of the gross sales are retained by Generous Adventures for auction and merchant services. 70% is sent by check to you within thirty days of the close of the auction. With an extended auction, check may be written quarterly. If an item does not sell on its planned closing date, we will automatically offer it in the next auction, providing the valid dates do not expire.
Commentaries/articles about Generous Adventures have been aired/published by Frommer’s, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Outside Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, NPR’s Savvy Traveler, Men’s Journal, Santa Barbara Magazine, Worth Magazine, MSNBC.com, WCBS Radio NY, About.com-Best of the Net and BestFares.com, U.S. Airways in-flight Magazine…to name a few.
Required Information from Donors
Mail gift certificates to Generous Adventures Travel Auctions at P.P. Box 2094, Homer, AK 90603. Be sure that all certificates from Donors include the following information:
Name of Business
Toll-free number (if applicable)
Contact person’s name and email address
Email address to be listed on the Web (if different from above)
Details about the donated stay or trip
How many people it’s for
Name of your organization
Generous Adventures’ Environmental Guidelines
Generous Adventures Travel Auctions strive to promote socially and environmentally conscious travel opportunities. We work primarily with adventure and accommodations providers who offer relatively low environmental impact vacations.
The following types of travel/transportation are excluded from our auctions:
۰ Skiing or touring by helicopter or fixed wing planes into national parks or wilderness areas
۰ Off-road vehicles or motorized craft in wilderness areas or national parks (unless on established roads)
۰ Guides who fail to practice low impact camping
۰ Trophy hunting
۰ Fishing of over-fished species (such as marlin and many warm area ocean sport fish)
۰ Large commercial cruise ship companies offering passage to over 300 people
۰ Cattle ranches