Posts in Category: Fundraising

A Successful Match Campaign For Refugee Crisis

Save The Children
The Collette Foundation had a great response to our match campaign to benefit children affected by the refugee crisis in partnership with Save the Children. The Refugee Crisis is large-scale, global issue and our employees as well as our travel community stepped up to deepen our impact in our efforts to help. Initially, the global Collette Foundation donated over $22,000 (amount translated to USD) to Save the Children before announcing a 1 to 1 match of up to $5,000. The campaign elicited $4,086 from employees, travelers and travel partners. Before the campaign wrapped up, Dan Sullivan, Jr., Collette’s President and CEO, and his wife Kathy, donated $25,000 personally in support of the match campaign. This incredible gesture was overwhelming, and brought the full total of our donation to Save the Children to over $56,000! Thank you so much to everyone for sharing the story, engaging and helping those in need. We are so humbled and proud.

How does $56,000 break down:

From Save the Children:

$10 could provide 1,000 gallons of safe drinking water for families fleeing their homes.

$35 can provide a refugee child with nutritious food for a week, including milk and bread.

$60 can provide 2 families with diapers, wipes and supplies to keep children clean and healthy.

$120 is enough to provide a family with a shelter kit including sleeping bags, tents, and flashlights.

The funds provided from the Collette Foundation and our match campaign are keeping lifesaving relief supplies flowing into hard-hit communities and helping protect newly-arriving children’s rights and ensure access to services. Save the Children continues to alleviate needs in the turbulent countries from which children and families are fleeing. It is particularly focused on children who are making this perilous and often chaotic journey unaccompanied by any adult. To date, Save the Children has reached over 3.1 million people – including over 2 million children – in the countries of origin.

Providing Relief in Times of Need

In a little over a week, we will be getting ready to sit down with family and loved ones for a Thanksgiving meal. There’s so much to be thankful for during the holiday season. When we think about the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan has brought over the Philippines, we can be thankful for the ability to do something to help – and to be part of an organization that is making an effort to help.

In two days, the Collette Foundation will send a check for $25,000 to our partner, Plan International, to support their massive aide and relief efforts. In addition to that check, we will provide a match for any donation received from our employees and friends. So far, the results have been great. The team is committed to giving back to the people in the Philippines something whose lives have been turned upside down.

For those still wishing to contribute: you can visit and click on DONATE on the far right. Or send a check to the Attn of: Donna Warner at 162 Middle Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860. Spread the word to friends, families and anyone who you think might want to be a part of this great effort at this thankful time of year.

Tourism Cares: Plimoth Plantation

What an epic Tourism Cares event! More than 275 volunteers from 21 states and 113 companies donated $160,000.00 of labor to enhance the museum’s authentic timber palisade, visitor center, and grounds, including the Wampanaog Homesite; Mayflower II, now a 54 year-old wind vessel; Burial Hill, recently listed in the Register of Historic Places; and the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Go team!

Calling all interested Collette Employees!!

The Collette Foundation is looking for new employee volunteers to lead it’s efforts around the globe! Are you passionate about making the world a better place? Do you have a few extra hours each month to maintain and manage a project in a needy community?

The foundation will be holding interviews on July 7th to find new members. Please note that you must be employed at Collette for at least 90 days to become part of the Collette Foundation team. Also, you must have your managers approval.

Please complete the application form – click here, (the application is an attachment to the sharepoint announcement) and return it to

The foundation is looking for interested employees to manage the following projects: Ecuador, Egypt, USA, Italy, and India.  You must be willing to research your chosen destination to find potential partners, foster the partnership and work with the product department to facilitate the on-tour site visit experience for clients.

If you have any questions please email or buzz Allison Villasenor at x. 3030.

Collette Community Comes Together for New Zealand and Japan

The Collette family of employees, clients, vendors and friends banned together to come to the aid of victims of the destructive earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and the devastating tsunami in Japan.

Together we raised $18,060 to assist the recovery efforts of the Salvation Army in New Zealand as they help to rebuild. In Japan, $13,700 has gone to Save the Children as they continue their work with those affected from this great tragedy. These funds will make a difference in the thousands of lives that have been forever changed. Thank you!

The Collette Foundation is fully underwritten by Collette Vacations and 100% of all donations go directly to our partners.

Collette Foundation responds to disaster in Japan

The Collette Foundation has pledged to support the efforts of Save the Children following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan on March 11th. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami that destroyed everything in it’s wake, leaving thousands dead and thousands more missing. This natural disaster is the largest in Japan’s history.

Save the Children has been operating in Japan for over 25 years. Currently, they have response teams on the ground assisting with relief, manning evacuation centers and focusing on the children affected by this great tragedy.

The Collette Foundation will be matching all donations made by employees, partners and friends up to $10,000USD. As always, 100% of all donations made through the Collette Foundation will go directly to those in need.  If you’d like to join in the efforts of the Collette Foundation and make a donation you can do so by writing a check (please write ‘Japan’ in the memo line) to the Collette Foundation Attn: Donna Warner, 180 Middle Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860. Or, alternatively, click on the donate button on the right hand side of the screen.

Update from Partners in Health on Haiti

It is hard to believe that the 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti over 3 months ago. As the people of Haiti and many organizations have been working diligently to re-build and salvage there is still much to be done.

As many of you know Collette Vacations Employees and the Collette Foundation joined forces on a matching gift campaign which resulted in a grant to Partners in Health.

Partners in Health continues to do a excellent job on the ground in Haiti - to read the latest developments from their great efforts in Haiti – click here.