Travel Advantage Network Gives Back in a Big Way

Travel Advantage Network, a vacation accommodations program, gave back in a big way in 2013 through a monthly employee charity program. Each month, a Travel Advantage Network employee chooses a charity for the company to support and comes up with creative activities to help raise funds for that cause.

“I am happy to work for a company that allows employees to choose a charity that is close to their heart and supports them in raising funds. Every month, we see true selflessness in our company as employees give of their time and finances,” said Lauren Lombard, Training Coordinator and December 2013 charity sponsor.

In 2013 employee charities included; Cancer FREE Kids, Wounded Warrior Project, Mended Little Hearts, Operation Christmas Child, Emmaus Center, Connor Cares Foundation, Casa Charity, Bella Bully Buddies, Alimayu Ministries, Almost Heaven, 4K4 Cancer, and the ALS Association.

All the hard work and generous giving by Travel Advantage Network truly paid off! In total, employees raised over $15,000 for the local and national charities. Along with the monetary donations, employees also collected six cases of canned goods, 10 bundles of paper products and 142 Christmas boxes for children in need.

Travel Advantage Network Brings Christmas To Those In Need

Travel Advantage Network, a vacation accommodations program, collected one hundred and forty-two shoeboxes filled with gifts to be delivered to needy children by Operation Christmas Child.

“I have hosted this charity for the past three years because it’s very rewarding to have such a profound impact on less fortunate children and everyone in the office really seems to enjoy the experience. It’s so different than our usual monthly charities, in that employees get to shop for items and have their family members involved in the process,” explained Lauren Lombard, Training and Development Coordinator.

Travel Advantage Network Fundraising Goes to the Dogs

Each month, a Travel Advantage Network employee or department selects a charity to support and plans activities to help raise funds for that cause. Jennifer Ross, Account Administration Senior Specialist, chose Almost Heaven because her family adopted their dog Sadie through the organization.

“Almost Heaven has provided a safe haven for dogs that would typically be put down due to overcrowded shelters or because of their age. The money we raised will be used to purchase food and pay for veterinary visits for the dogs in the shelter,” said Ross.

Travel Advantage Network Works Toward CancerFree KIDS

Travel Advantage Network, a vacation accommodations program, dedicated its charitable fundraising efforts for the month of September to CancerFree KIDS, a non-profit Pediatric Cancer Research Alliance. CancerFree KIDS is dedicated to eradicate cancer as a life-threatening disease in children by funding promising research that might otherwise go unfunded.

Each month, a Travel Advantage Network employee or department selects a charity for the company to support and plans company activities and events to help raise funds for that cause. The Travel Advantage Network corporate marketing department chose to support CancerFree Kids for the month of September.

Take Online Engagement to a New Level for your Charity

Having a regularly updated website for your charity is a must in today’s world. Add some social media aspects to the mix will help gain your supports’ trust by providing a place for conversations. To go above and beyond on that, give your charity a face and a human aspect.

How, you ask? By holding live online meet-and-greets. And don’t worry; there are many free tools out there for use so it will not cost any money to your charity. One of the biggest player is Google who is offering a product called “Hangout On Air” where you can broadcast live from your laptop to your supporters and interested parties.

Give this a try and take your online engagement to new levels!

Travel Advantage Network Helps to Mend Little Hearts

Travel Advantage Network, a vacation accommodations program, dedicated its charitable fundraising efforts for the month of August to Mended Little Hearts of Greater Baltimore. Mended Little Hearts is a program of Mended Hearts Inc., a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that provides hope, help and healing to heart patients and their families.

Each month, a Travel Advantage Network employee selects a charity for the company to support and plans company activities and events to help raise funds for that cause. Flavia Oleniewski, web designer and developer, and Jennifer Ross, account administrator senior specialist, chose Mended Little Hearts because both of their sons were born with congenital heart defects.

Charity Online Success

To be successful online, a charity needs to engage a donor before, during, and after help is given.  This strategy will make it easier for people to follow your charity and help convert casual donators to loyal participants.

In a recent article, charity: water was interviewed about how they find success online and the respond was simple: inspire people to help through social media, provide an easy platform for people to donate, and report back on the work the charity has done.

No matter how small or big a charity organization is, social media is easy to adapt and use.  Then make sure you have a method to donate online.  And lastly, follow up with reports on how the donated monies were put into good use.  This strategy will provide credentials for your charity’s future.

Travel Advantage Network Works to Rise Above Homelessness

Travel Advantage Network, a vacation accommodations program, has dedicated its charitable fundraising efforts for the month of July to the Emmaus Center. The Emmaus Center is also known as “a home away from homelessness” and provides a community for those living on the streets with provisions such as canned foods, meals, clothing, and counseling for mental and substance abuse issues.

To raise funds, employees participated in a 50/50 drawing and multiple pay- to-wear jeans days. Ogden also collected several bins of non-perishable foods and paper products to be donated to the Emmaus Center. These charitable efforts will provide supplies to those in need, as well as assist the Emmaus Center with funds for utility bills.

Making Donations Online

As more and more people are comfortable with paying for things online, is your charity making online donations available?

If the answer is no, you are missing out on a big market. Just like impulse purchases, when someone sees a commercial or a print ad for a charity, they may want to give right away, not wait a day to write a check and mail it in. Capturing this audience and the urge to donate immediately is crucial.

So where do you start? If your charity already has a website – then you one step ahead! Next, research large, well-known payment processing companies like Amazon, Google, and PayPal to see if you can use their technological know-how to run your online donations. There are also bigger charities that will lend you their payment processing powers. The key is to use a service that most people will recognize and therefore trust to give their credit card information to.

Christmas in July Charity Events

Every month has a theme and of course with every theme, there is a chance to generate some excitement to your charity. Plan ahead and create an event centering around the upcoming months to get the community excited and willing to help your charity out.

Here are a few examples of charities running with the Christmas in July theme: