HOW TO LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR A SUCCESSFUL DONOR TRIP
DATE: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
TIME: 8:30 – 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Board Source – 6th Floor, 750 9th St NW Ste 650, Washington, DC, 20001
COST: $15 with breakfast included
Join us for part one of our exciting new event series! Elevate Destinations has asked Jill Bernier, former director of The Nature Conservancy, who built one of the most successful travel non-profit travel series, as a guest speaker. During this workshop, we will brainstorm and talk through topics such as:
- Defining your trip objectives
- Staff time commitment and roles and responsibilities
Legal and safety protocols
- Tracking your ROI
- Creating an outreach strategy to fill a trip
To register for the event please click here.
Hosted by Elevate Destinations
Elevate Destinations is a philanthropic travel company that specializes in designing meaningful travel for non-profits and foundations. Elevate’s Social Impact Travel team has pioneered the field of philanthropic travel since 2005. We have partnered with hundreds of non-profits, foundations, and corporations and designed well over 300 donor trips. Our trips are as diverse and unique as our clients. We have witnessed clients miss the mark on execution of site visits as well as land million dollar donations on trips.
This is the first part of a three-part workshop series that helps organizations streamline their trip planning process. This workshop focuses on the foundational work organizations need to think through and act on in order to achieve the results they want to see post-trip. Our aim is to help address some of the challenges of the pre trip planning process and discuss what you need to set yourself up for success.
Katherine Redington is the Vice President of Social Impact Journeys and Business Development at Elevate Destinations. Katherine holds a Masters in International Education and Development from Columbia University and is certified by the UNWTO in sustainable practices for tourism development. She uses this training to plan extraordinary trips for philanthropists and impact investors in some of the most challenging areas of the globe.
She has planned over 115 social impact journeys in over 30 countries for nonprofits including: donor trips, CSR journeys, sabbatical trips for Executive Directors, training for philanthropists, and political will journeys. The subject matter of these journeys range from clean water, to health, education, conservation, forced migration, climate change, human trafficking, poverty alleviation and gender equality. Katherine works closely with nonprofits to share their stories through responsible travel and create transformational experiences for all stakeholders.
Jill Bernier, is a non-profit travel professional and the former Director of The Nature Conservancy’s donor travel program.
Currently, Jill is consulting for The Educational Travel Consortium (ETC) as their Leading Program Planner for Donor and Sustainability Initiatives. Jill’s expertise is focused on mission driven trips designed to engage members and support organizational priorities. Having started her career at The Nature Conservancy in 1995 as a Gift Planning Assistant, she gained valuable experience on the art and science of fundraising. Bringing this experience and her travel planning background, she then joined the Conservancy’s travel program and worked collaboratively for 18 years with Conservancy staff, partners and travel companies to plan international and domestic trips that ensure standards of quality, low environmental impact and promote responsible travel practices that benefit local communities and support conservation initiatives. Jill accompanied many trips with Conservancy supporters and staff, presented at philanthropy training seminars, The World Ecotourism Summit and has co-facilitated sessions at ETC in past years.
Jill earned a BA degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, majoring in
Anthropology. She also holds a certificate in Travel Planning from Travel Careers, based in
Cincinnati, Ohio, which supported her early career work as a travel agent. Jill has one son, who is currently living in Asheville, NC and working within the renewable energy field. She has a passion for nature, adventures on land and water, cultural diversity, languages, gastronomy, experiential learning and enjoys sharing her interests in some of the most stunning and threatened landscapes on Earth.
Keep an eye out for registration for part 2 & 3 of this event series:
- The best practices in itinerary design for donor trips (November of 2019)
- Re-entry: how to effectively follow up from a donor trip (January of 2020)