April 20, 2013
Center partners with CharitableHotels.org
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families 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 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 doing something good with that commission - giving it to a good cause - instead of growing their bottom line.
Now the Center, as a Partner Charity, is eligible to receive the donation. "We are thrilled to be a Partner Charity with CharitableHotels.org,' said Pat Littlejohn, executive director of the Center.
CharitableHotel.org works just like any other OTA. Travelers book their travel at CharitableHotel.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, the Center 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.
So the next time you look for a hotel room check the rates and consider booking through the SC Center for Fathers and Families' CharitableHotel.org page and help give back to the community.
For more information, visit their facebook page.