DENVER, April 4, 2012 - Step Up Women's Network, the national nonprofit membership organization that connects professional women and underserved teens to create a better future, has joined forces with Denver-based luxury travel provider Inspirato through a new online fundraising platform, www.inspiredgiving.com. The partnership will provide sustainable financial support for Step Up Women's Network programs.
Inspirato's Inspired Giving initiative was designed to help charitable organizations like Step Up Women's Network raise funds in a new way. Through this partnership, donors who contribute $2,000 to Step Up Women's Network through a dedicated online platform gain select access to Inspirato's club-managed portfolio of vacation residences and unparalleled personal vacation services in locations ranging from California and Colorado to Hawaii and Mexico.
The Inspirato Inspired Giving donation model benefits Step Up Women's Network in a number of ways:
- For every $2,000 donated to Step Up Women's Network through Inspirato's Inspired Giving website, the donor gains one-time access to an Inspirato luxury vacation - priced at up to 50 percent under market, and without having to pay the $15,000 Inspirato membership fee.
- Inspirato contributes one Inspired Giving vacation experience that Step Up Women's Network can auction to raise funds. Of those contributed monies, 100 percent goes back to Step Up Women's Network.
- For every new Inspirato membership that is generated from a donation to Step Up Women's Network through Inspired Giving, the company gives $2,000 to Step Up Women's Network as an Inspirato Inspired Giving partner.
"We think of Step Up as a one-stop shop for busy, professional women who want to find a way to give back to their communities," Managing Director Angie Grabski said. "So this innovative partnership with Inspirato is a perfect fit, providing travelers with a way to be philanthropic while enjoying unparalleled vacation experiences."
For Step Up Women's Network supporters, the donation and vacation booking experience is simple: the donor is given access to Inspirato's Inspired Giving exclusive web portal, www.inspiredgiving.com; selects Step Up Women's Network as the charitable organization of choice; and makes a tax-deductible donation of $2,000. That donor is immediately able to book a vacation to a luxury Inspirato destination and enjoy all that Inspirato members enjoy, including: personalized service from an Inspirato vacation advisor, an on-site destination concierge, and luxurious accommodations ranging from intimate, couples-only, one-bedroom retreats to large, well-appointed homes in excess of 3,000 square feet.
Throughout the year, Step Up Women's Network will offer additional opportunities for donors to contribute through Inspirato's Inspired Giving program, including at the annual star-studded Inspiration Awards on June 8 in Los Angeles.
Donations made to Step Up Women's Network through Inspirato's Inspired Giving program will directly support programs, including after-school and weekend mentorship programs for teen girls, and opportunities for professional women to connect and collaborate. Step Up Women's Network's goal is to ensure that all girls who complete the program emerge as confident, college-bound and career ready.
Step Up Women's Network is proud to support girls like Janeth Cordova of Chicago, a high school junior preparing for college. Janeth will soon meet her one-on-one mentor through the organization's Pathways to Professions program and begin planning her career in medicine. Janeth is one of many success stories for Step Up Women's Network. In the past two years, 100 percent of the girls enrolled in Step Up Women's Network's mentoring and after-school programs have graduated high school and been accepted to post-secondary education programs.
"As we grow as a club, Inspirato is increasingly committed to giving back and making a difference in our communities," said Jackie Benton, executive director of Inspirato's Inspired Giving. "We are honored to support and help empower the women and girls of Step Up Women's Network and to provide the organization and its donors with a new, fun way to raise funds."
Step Up Women's Network is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to igniting women and girls to fulfill their potential. Step Up creates and implements impactful after-school and weekend programs that empower teen girls from under-resourced communities to be confident, college-bound, and career-ready; propels professional women through connections, collaborations, and continuous development; and inspires its network to invest in the future success of girls through mentorship and financial support. Connect at www.suwn.org.
Designed specifically for a new generation of luxury consumers, Inspirato offers the best of destination club consistency and service, together with unmatched value, flexibility and low-cost membership. Our members have access to an ever-growing portfolio of luxury homes in the world's top destinations, including California, the Caribbean, Colorado, France, Hawaii, Italy, London, Mexico, New York City and more. By leasing vacation properties (rather than owning), Inspirato is able to keep membership fees low, offer more than 50 percent off market rates, and easily add homes and destinations as demand increases. Our innovative business model has led to rapid growth since our January 2011 launch, placing Inspirato at the forefront of the "luxury for less" movement. For more information about Inspirato, visit www.inspirato.com.