MCC has teamed up with the nation’s first non-profit online travel agency to provide MCC friends, donors, employees and students one more way to support the college while at the same time saving money on their personal or professional travel expenses.
Kansas City-based Charitable Hotels, an online travel agency (OTA) akin to sites like Expedia and Hotels.com, offers travelers the same hotels and rates as other OTAs but it also provides an added bonus: the proceeds from the transaction are donated to the charity of the traveler’s choice. And because OTAs almost always offer lower rates than booking directly through the hotel itself, the transaction with Charitable Hotels can save money for supporters while helping them give back to their favorite charity.
The MCC Foundation is now listed as a Partner Charity on charitablehotels.org so when MCC supporters book their travel using the site they will have the option to choose the Foundation as the recipient of the proceeds from the booking. What’s even better is that the transaction does not involve any additional expense for the traveler because the donation is generated from the commission that the OTA receives from the hotel.
Here’s how it works: A traveler uses charitablehotels.org to book her hotel reservations. Then, after her stay, she receives an email indicating the donation amount generated by her booking and she is given a transaction number to track the donation. At the end of the year, she receives an email with the total dollar amount donated as a result of her annual bookings.
Every six months, Charitable Hotels sends the MCC Foundation the combined donations from supporters that have selected the Foundation at their Partner Charity of choice.
Supporting the MCC Foundation by booking your hotel reservation through the site is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Visit www.charitablehotels.org and select “Metropolitan Community College Foundation” from the drop-down menu on the right-hand side of the screen;
- The next page will allow you to choose the city, state, hotel name and check-in and check-out dates for your stay, as well as the number of rooms and number of guests;
- Continue through the booking wizard, and voila! – you have just generated a donation to the MCC Foundation!
If you have questions, please contact the MCC Foundation at 816.604.1195. Thank you in advance for supporting MCC students through the use of this simple and innovative tool.