Golf courses use TravelPledge to help them manage all of the requests that they receive from charities. Once you create a verified account by providing the basic details of your non-profit, we’ll validate your information (takes about three business days worst case), and send you your credentials to log in and get fun experiences (including golf) for promotion at your event. We’ll give you all the promotional materials.
On big ticket experiences, we send half of the proceeds to the generous business owner (vacation provider, golf resort, cruise line, etc) that made the experience available for promotion by your organization.
To accomplish our simple goal of covering our operational costs, we retain 20% of the charitable contribution and you keep the other 80%. Our model enables us to maximize donations because non-profits are sure to make a big portion of the winning bids (for auctions) and online purchases as well. It should be noted that we only retain 10% when a non-profit loads their own vacation into our system.
We are very proud to have created one of the most efficient fundraising solutions for non-profits.
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We hear from non-profits all the time that they hate "consignment" and we can see why!
Bottom line, you often don't get a very big donation on a "consignment" item. As an example, a (consignment) "Augusta Getaway" might sell for $5,000, but your charity only sees a donation of $200 (!). While the "generous" bidder has a good time, you're not getting a big enough donation(!)
By contrast, with TravelPledge when you claim a vacation to use at your event, you know that the owner has donated either HALF or ALL of his rent to your cause. And (even better) in the case of golf certificates, you know that the entire winning bid has been donated by the golf coursea owner. We'll now show you an accurate "tally" of how much you'll make as you claim your items. Try it and see!
No. You can easily claim items (vacations, golf, lessons, etc), print promotional flyers and promote them at your next fundraiser. There is no cost to claim items and promote them at your event. You'll likely sell the experiences that you promote, and if so, just log in and let us know which items sold, and we'll create an invoice for you that covers our fees and any money we owe to vacation providers. Once your invoice is paid, your supporters can enjoy their golf, vacations, lessons, (cruises, tours, dinners, and more soon)!
If you don't sell one or more of the items at your silent or live auction, don't sweat it. Just log in and mark them "unsold" and we'll make those items available for other non-profit events. There is no cost for this.
We provide you with an easy to use tool to find great experieces for your events. You tell us the date of the event and let us know if you want to collect the money or you want to use our checkout system.
You can get items, print promotional flyers to display at your auction (or online) and then you simply let us know what sold or didn't sell and you'll get an invoice (or if you want us to collect the money, the winning bidders can pay right there at the event or at home after the event).
We'll be adding more and more fun experiences for use at your auction events in the months to come.
Log into the non-profit administator area and you can view/ edit your non-profit details and make any changes to your photos, links, description, video, partners, etc. When we create your account, we'll make you an administrator so you'll have full access to make these changes.
Where else can you build a private label fundraising site in as little as 15 minutes?
All you need to do is enter information for your non-profit including photos, links, your logo, EIN number, etc. Within a few days (typically), we'll send you a welcome email with your URL so you can log into the admin area. In the meantime, you can browse fun experiences in our collection.
We do all the work gathering vacations and fun experieces for you, building your site and ensuring that you receive your donations. You simply promote your private label site and grab items you might need for your auction fundraisers. Simple as that. Your TravelPledge website will become your most efficient fundraiser.
Good news! TravelPledge takes very little time to manage. Here's why:
It depends on a few factors including what is purchased (vacation, golf, cruise, tour, etc) and how it is purchased.
1) At an auction fundraiser, you can collect all the money so you have your donation immediately. Watch our video on "charity collects" mode here.
2) At an auction fundraiser , if you want us to collect the money: If you sell a vacation at one of your fundrasing events (silent auction for example), then the reservation is non-refundable so we can send you your portion of the rent (as defined by the property owner) shortly after the fundraising event. In most cases, we process payments on the first of each month, so your payment will be submitted at that time. Watch video on that checkout mode here.
3) If a supporter books a vacation on your TravelPledge website, shortly after the renters' vacation(s), you'll receive a check in the mail for the amount that is due to you. We wait to send you your payment until after the vacation, because there is a chance that the renter may need to cancel the reservation and this is allowed on reservations booked on your TravelPledge website. Automated payments to non-profits go out shortly after the vacation. We will also provide you with detailed reports showing the name of the supporter, the amount of the donation, etc.
Note: You will not be required to send out any gift letters.
There are many things you can do to increase the effectiveness of your TravelPledge account and your TravelPledge website.
Essentially, if you can get the word out to your donors, you should do very well with a TravelPledge website.
Suggestions for promotion include:
Yes and we make it easy.
When you log in, you'll see an easy option to add and promote business partners and to promote special incentives for owners and renters.
For example, if a local restaurant gives you ten free dinners for two, log in and post an offer - "free dinner for two to all vacationers that book a property (while supplies last)". Your local business partner will be automatically promoted (their logo and information and their special offer) to all of your supporters and they will be quite pleased with the exposure.
No need to contact the owner. If the property / vacation is displaying on your site (or featured at your event) then the owner has elected to let the RENTER decide where some or all of the donation goes so you know that you will get the donation. No more need to contact owners and try to round up vacations (but you can still do that to add to the vacations on your TravelPledge website and for your charity events).
Yes, in fact, if they list a property on YOUR TravelPledge site, there is no way for them to specify any charity but yours.. 100% of the donatable amount will go to your charity. We wouldn't want one of your donors posting and benefiting another charity, so we set that in stone. Our advice is to send out a note to vacation home owners within your donor base and ask them to post their properties (!)
We have a simple one page agreement that provides details for you on all of the tools and fun experiences that we deliver and also confirms that you agree to promote your private label TravelPledge website. We'll build your fully functional website for free and you simply promote it!
Geronimo Solutions LLC created Geronimo Solutions to develop several platforms for non-profits and business owners. TravelPledge is one of those platforms.
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