IGLTA Launches Philanthropic Foundation for Global Assistance
FORT LAUDERDLE, FL - Since 1983, the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association has provided networking support for gay and gay-friendly travel businesses around the world. With the launch of its nonprofit IGLTA Foundation, the organization now has a philanthropic arm that will use the power of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travel to build bridges with communities globally.
The IGLTA Foundation received a grant to focus on initiatives in four distinct areas:
The IGLTA Foundation has its own volunteer board of directors that operates independently from the association board and is made up of veterans in travel, finance and philanthropy:
Chair - Charlie Rounds, Mossier Foundation and Forward Motion Group; Vice Chair - Jody Cole, Wild Rainbow African Safaris; Treasurer - Brianna Murphy, Trillium Asset Management; Secretary - Jeff Guaracino, Atlantic City Alliance; and Directors - Gregg Kaminsky, R Family Vacations; Charles Lapointe, Tourisme Montreal; Todd Ney, Brendan Vacations; Rebecca Rittgers, Arcus Foundation; Steve Roth, OutThink Partners; John Tanzella, IGLTA; and Shannon Wentworth, Sweet.
"Over the past 30 years the travel industry has played a pivotal role in advancing LGBT rights worldwide," Rounds said. "We look forward to working with all facets of our industry to help them establish best practices and improve LGBT rights, while at the same time increasing their business in the LGBT marketplace."
"We would especially like to thank the Kevin J. Mossier Foundation, for their generous support in helping us launch the IGLTA Foundation," he said. "Kevin was not only a visionary in our industry, but clearly understood the role of philanthropy and activism."
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Associationis the leading member-based global organization dedicated to LGBT tourism. Its mission is to create value for LGBT travellers and expand LGBT tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact.
Founded in 1983 with 25 members, IGLTA now has a truly global presence with dues-paying member businesses in more than 80 countries. The association represents LGBT and LGBT-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, and events, as well as the LGBT travel consumers they wish to serve.
Email IGLTA at Foundation@iglta.org