The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) reports it is commending its Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) and local chapters for their support for the ASTAPAC Charitable Matching Program, which distributed over $20,000 to charitable organizations throughout the country in 2013.
“The Charitable Matching Program strengthens ASTA’s advocacy efforts while allowing our members to give back to their local communities,” said ASTA president and CEO Zane Kerby. “Thanks to the active support of the CAC and our chapter leadership, it has been an unqualified success on both fronts.”
Since 2010, the CAC - members include most major consortia -has funded the ASTAPAC Charitable Matching Program, which provides chapters who reach PAC fundraising and participation goals with matching funds to the charity of their choice.
Based on 2012 fundraising results, seven ASTA chapters qualified for $20,500 worth of charitable matching funds, including:
- Midwest – Won $5,500 for board and member participation rates, achieving fundraising goals and most overall funds raised. Donated $1,125 each to DuPage PADS, Chicago Night Ministry, the Marklund Philip Center for Children and Global Volunteers; and $1,000 to the Friends of the Arts LBSD.
- Arizona – Won $4,000 for board and member participation rates and achieving fundraising goals. Donated $1,000 to Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church for Yarnell Hill Fire Recovery; $750 to the Arizona Humane Society; $500 each to Dining for Women, Sky Harbor Interfaith Chaplaincy, One Small Step and World Vision; and $250 to United Food Bank.
- Upper Midwest – Won $4,000 for member participation rate and achieving fundraising goals. Donated all $4,000 to the Armed Forces Service Center, serving active-duty military personnel, their dependents, activated reservists and national guardsmen at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.
- Hawaii – Won $2,000 for board and member participation rates. Donated $1,500 of their 2012 winnings to the Aloha United Way to help with food and housing for the homeless and providing children the resources they need for school, and $500 to theASTA Foundation.
- Long Island – Won $2,000 based on board participation rate and achieving fundraising goals. Donated all $2,000 to the Friends of the Arts LBSD (Long Beach, NY School District), a nonprofit organization created for the purpose of supporting the Long Beach School District Music and Art Education Programs, hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.
- Southern California – Won $2,000 for board and member participation rates. Donated $1,000 each to Fred Jordan Missions for food, warm clothing, blankets and other vital services to people in need, and $1,000 to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which was recently named and among the top five hospitals in the nation for clinical excellence.
- New York City – Won $1,000 for board participation rate and biggest increase over 2011 fundraising. Donated all $1,000 to Covenant House, which was founded in 1972 to provide care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth.
For 2014, ASTA reports the CAC has stepped up its support for ASTAPAC by expanding its Charitable Matching Program to include an individual component in addition to the funds that will again be available to high-achieving chapters. Under the expanded program, individual 2014 PAC donors of $1,000 or more will able to direct matching funds equivalent to 50 percent of their contribution to the charity of their choice.