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 2018, TPG donated/raised over $1,000,000 dollars and we have our eyes set on even greater giving in 2019!
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
PeaceJam connects Nobel Peace Prize laureates with youth from countries across the globe. The nonprofit organization has itself been nominated eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize for its award-winning curriculum and transformational youth leadership conferences, which bring young people face-to-face with world leaders. These symposia help teens develop leadership and communication skills, encouraging them to take on guiding roles within their schools and local communities.
TPG funds and attends PeaceJam conferences in Guatemala, Ghana, South Africa, East Timor and Liberia, working alongside Nobel Peace Prize laureates like Jodi Williams, Leymah Gbowee, Betty Williams and Rigoberta Menchú. Interacting with incredible youth and respected Nobel laureates advocating to improve their countries and change the world teaches us something truly important: It’s never too early or too late to make a difference.
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.
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. If you are an individual activist or part of a women's organization or campaign for gender equality in need of airline miles, please fill out this form, and someone from The Points Guy team will be in touch.
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.
Thanks to TPG‘s Prizeo campaign with Rainbow Railroad in 2018, 20 LGBTQI lives were saved. The campaign, which included a large influx of reader donations, raised over $200,000 for the nonprofit. TPG plans to march alongside Rainbow Railroad in World Pride 2019 in New York City. Check back for details on how you can join the efforts.
TPG has been continually inspired by Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee. She’s worked tirelessly to create peace in her home country of Liberia, a place torn apart by war and violence. She’s the leader of the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative, a member of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the executive director of the Women, Peace and Security program and a member of Security Network Africa, and she even has her own peace foundation, GBOWEE.
Gbowee’s peaceful movements helped end the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003, and TPG is simply in awe of her advocacy for women's rights, peace and security, which is why we donated $100,000 to the GBOWEE Peace Foundation Africa-USA, in addition to matching donations offered by attendees at our TPG Awards event.
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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