Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City Partners with CharitableHotels.org
Kansas City, Mo. -- (June 7, 2012) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City has partnered with CharitableHotels.org, the first non-profit online travel agency (OTA) in the country. CharitableHotels.org offers travelers the same hotels and the same rates as other OTA's like Expedia and Hotels.com but instead of keeping the commission, they donate it, less their costs, to the charity of the traveler’s choice. Although most travelers now book their own hotel online, the hotel still pays a sizable commission to the OTA. Charitable Hotels is changing the game by donating it to a charity. And now Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City is a Partner Charity, is eligible to receive the donation.
"We are thrilled to be a partner with Charitablehotels.org. Big Brothers Big Sisters will use the funds donated by Charitablehotels.org to match more kids with adult mentors in Kansas City. We'd like to thank Charitablehotels.org for creating this innovative and simple opportunity for people to give to their preferred charity by simply changing their online travel agency. We also hope small businesses will take advantage of this opportunity to make an even greater impact by changing the way they book travel for their employees."
The founder of CharitableHotels.org, Doug Gamble, agrees. “We know that conventional fund raising can be inefficient, requiring lots of staff and work, and that roughly 20% of donations are used to generate more donations. Add to that the current economic climate, and you have a very difficult situation for generating crucial funds. It is in this environment that the idea for Charitable Hotels emerged,” explains Gamble.
CharitableHotel.org works just like any other OTA. Travelers book their travel at CharitableHotels.org, where they will find the same hotels -- and rates -- as on Hotels.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, etc. Next, the hotel pays the negotiated commission to CharitableHotels.org. No additional fee is added to the traveler’s bill. After the traveler’s stay, the traveler receives an email telling them the donation amount generated by their stay. Every six months, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City receives the donation from CharitableHotels.org. At the end of the year CharitableHotels.org sends the traveler an email showing the total dollar amount donated as a result of their annual travels. A transaction number is assigned allowing the donation to be tracked.
About Charitable Hotels
CharitableHotels.org is America’s first non-profit Online Travel Agency. It was founded in January 2012 and is located in Kansas City, MO. For more information about CharitableHotels.org, visit http://charitablehotels.org or http://www.facebook.com/#!/CharitableHotels.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps vulnerable children beat the odds. The organization depends on donations to help recruit volunteers and reach more children. Funding is used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety; and provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to improve children’s odds for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles. Learn how you can change how children grow up in America by going to BigBrothersBigSisterskc.org.