TripAdvisor announces $5 million from charitable foundation for refugees

TripAdvisor has announced a commitment of at least $5 million from the TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation over the next 3 years to aid the humanitarian refugee crisis.

For its initial contribution, The TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation will expand its partnership with The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Mercy Corps providing $1 million over two years to each organisation.

Steve Kaufer, CEO of TripAdvisor
Steve Kaufer, CEO of TripAdvisor

Additionally, through its TripAdvisor Media Group, the company has committed to provide in-kind support in multiple areas. The multi-year commitment was announced in advance of the White House’s Private Sector Call to Action Roundtable on September 20 at UN Headquarters.

“In the face of one of the world’s most complex humanitarian crises, we are called to action,” said Steve Kaufer, CEO of TripAdvisor. “Millions of refugees are seeking safe haven, often without safety or clarity around where they will end up, and they truly need our collective support.”

Kaufer added, “This is a protracted crisis that is not going away overnight. It is reshaping economies and societies for the long-term. We know that no single company or organization can tackle this crisis singlehandedly and our donation and in-kind support is only a small fraction of what is desperately needed.

“With the state of the issue, governments around the world need to do more to find and implement lasting solutions; however, it’s incumbent upon the private sector to leverage our unique expertise, resources and capabilities in partnership with nonprofit organizations.”

Financial and in-kind support from TripAdvisor will address four key focus areas:

  • Meeting urgent humanitarian needs in Europe and the Syria region
  • Enabling access to critical information via technology solutions for refugees to
    make smart and informed decisions along their journey
  • Providing essential education and empowerment opportunities for refugee youth
  • Supporting & strengthening resettlement opportunities in the U.S., and in other
    host communities

The UN reports that this is one the worst refugee crises and mass displacement of people since World War II, impacting millions of people who are seeking safe haven. As of the end of 2015, 65.3 million people – or one out of every 113 people on Earth – are impacted and seeking safe haven.

“Last summer as thousands of refugees arrived on the shores of Greece, TripAdvisor was one of the first companies to respond with relief support, also raising the profile of the crisis with their millions of subscribers worldwide,” said David Miliband, President and CEO of the IRC. “TripAdvisor’s leadership in the travel sector and continued investment will be invaluable in addressing the needs of refugees.”

“We’ve been so grateful for TripAdvisor’s generous support as Mercy Corps works to meet the needs of millions of people forced to flee their homes, and we’re excited to expand on that partnership,” says Neal Keny-Guyer, chief executive officer of Mercy Corps. “In more than five years working in Syria, we’ve seen heart-wrenching, dark and frustrating days.”

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