The Points Guy is about using our passion for travel, points and miles to give back. We believe that travel is more than just visiting new places — it’s about inspiring change through education and action.
Over the years, we’ve donated time, money and, of course, points and miles (hand in hand with our generous readers) to some incredible organizations. From granting kids with critical illnesses wishes alongside The Make-A-Wish Foundation to helping people in the LGBTQI community seek asylum with Rainbow Railroad and encouraging youth to lead and improve their communities with PeaceJam, we’ve seen firsthand the worthwhile impact that points and miles can have.
From far-flung destinations to just around the corner, the team at TPG is dedicated to creating positive change however and whenever we can. Each year, we look to partner with like-minded philanthropic organizations that work to advocate for growth and change within communities around the world. In 2019, TPG donated/raised over $920,000!
In 2020, we have our eyes set on even greater giving. Stay tuned for some exciting campaigns – launching soon!
Countless studies show that the best companies, communities and entire nations represent a wide range of diverse voices. NABJ supports the Black journalists, media professionals, educators and students who contribute crucial viewpoints and perspectives in newsrooms across the nation. The organization also funds scholarships for Black students who are pursuing higher education in the field of journalism, as well as facilitating important mentoring and career guidance work.
In June 2020, TPG announced a $100,000 donation to NABJ as the start of a partnership.
Click here to read more about TPG's commitment to join the fight for equality and justice.
PeaceJam, an award-winning international peace education program, provides youth the training to tackle the world's toughest issues through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Prize laureates who pass on the spirit, skills and wisdom they embody. PeaceJam’s 14 Nobel Peace Prize winners serve as role models to prepare young people ages 5-25 to make a positive change in themselves, their communities and the world via powerful youth conferences and year-round leadership training.
Since 2016, TPG has sponsored PeaceJam youth conferences and programming in Guatemala, Ghana, Liberia, and South Africa, which has positively impacted the lives of thousands of emerging young leaders. TPG himself personally attends these powerful events, mentoring youth alongside Nobel Peace Prize winners like Jody Williams, Leymah Gbowee, Betty Williams, Kailash Satyarthi, and Rigoberta Menchú. In 2018, Brian launched the TPG Global Impact Youth Fellowship to provide outstanding young changemakers the opportunity to advance their education and train as global leaders for peace."
Over the course of 2019, TPG donated $400,000 to PeaceJam, allowing us to:
In many countries, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified people still live in fear for their freedom, their safety and their lives. They have nowhere to turn, as the government and police don’t protect them. Rainbow Railroad helps these people get out of danger to a safe place far from state-enabled violence, persecution or even murder.
Since the start of our partnership with Rainbow Railroad, TPG & TPG readers have helped save more than LGBTQI 60 lives.
In 2019, TPG himself shared his own coming-out story and invited friends from the community to share their own stories. TPG also launched a Prizeo campaign with Chase around World Pride, which raised $124,000. This campaign alone enabled TPG to move 16 people to safety.
Last year Rainbow Railroad received over 2600+ requests for help around the world in places like Chechnya, Egypt, Jamaica, Syria, and Uganda. To support their life saving work, you can donate below.
TPG began a partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2014, when we promoted the launch of the organization’s Wishes in Flight® program, an initiative to raise airline points and miles.
In 2017, the natural synergy between Make-A-Wish and TPG propelled us to partner on a new national airline-miles drive, which raised almost 250,000 miles to help grant wishes.
In 2018, TPG worked with Prizeo to create a campaign where TPG readers were entered to win a million United MileagePlus miles and the Trip That Transforms, as well as a trip to New York City, with a minimum $10 donation. Thanks to reader donations, we were able to give the Make-a-Wish Foundation a special tribute and a check for $200,000 at the 2018 TPG Awards.
In 2020, we had a very special surprise partnership and experience planned with Make-A-Wish and American Airlines that has been postponed due to the impact of COVID-19. As soon as its safe to travel again, we'll resume the planning of this incredible surprise. Stay tuned for more information.
In the meantime, you can support Make-A-Wish via the link below.
If there’s one thing TPG can always help with, it’s points and miles. We partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers to provide 5 million airline miles to help ensure activists have their voices heard.
One of these incredible activists is Nimco Ali. TPG used airline miles to fly Ali to her home country of Somaliland to build support for legislation change against female genital mutilation, a horrific practice that affects over 98% of Somaliland’s women and girls.
The TPG UK team traveled with Nimco Ali in 2019 to help support her fight to end FGM. You can view their journey and learn more about Nimco's story here.
We know that travel is a massive expense for many nonprofit organizations and individual activists, and we want to ensure the voices of women and girls are heard in important dialogues, meetings, and decision-making spaces around the world.
Click here read more about Goalkeepers and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In addition to these highlights, TPG’s charitable work helped many other organizations, including The International Society of Women Airline Pilots, amFAR, Housing Works, Dancers for Good, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gbowee Peace Foundation, Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital, AIDS/LifeCycle and many more.
Here at TPG, we are thankful for our ability to give back and for our generous readers who have contributed throughout the year. If there’s an organization you think would be a great fit for TPG, let us know.
If there’s an organization you think would be a great fit for TPG, let us know, and we’ll take a look! If you’re a reader, stay tuned for updates on how you can participate in TPG’s charitable efforts. We’re ready to give back — are you?
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