HOW IT WORKS
Responsibility. Opportunity. Investment
Part of our strategic Travelers' Philanthropy initiative that unites businesses and customers in the tourism sector with local environmental, social, and economic causes.
1. We seek out businesses and individuals who are community-minded and dedicated to caring for the people of Monteverde and their cloud forest home.
2. Then, we work together to create a mechanism for channeling dollars into the community. This takes many forms: annual giving, matching customer donations, and donated proceeds from a select product, for example.
3. Finally, we reinvest those funds in our impact model and, principally, our Small Grants Program.
Monteverde Coffee Tours Alliance
In 2020, four local coffee tours formed an alliance that recognizes the importance of practicing community philanthropy. They implemented a strategy that redirests $1 per visitor to the Monteverde Community Fund and the Asoc. Desarrollo San Luis to invest in the community and it's well being.
So far, the Alliance has raised over $50,000 for community-led projects.
With the funds raised, the following projects have received support:
The National Distance University (UNED) is leading this program that provides:
Training and mentoring local entrepreneurs.t
Support for formalizing small businesses.
Reviving sustainable local traditions in cooking and food production.
Semillas del Bosque
The collective Vamos a Sembrar leads a series of free courses that provide environmental education programs for young girls and their families in nearby communities.
Collaborating with CORCLIMA and the local Council in a community effort to promote walking (no emissions) and make it safe.
Find them on the map so you can book your coffee tour directly next time you're in Monteverde!
Monteverde Hotels Solidarity Alliance
As a result of the experience lived in Monteverde in 2020 and thanks to the positive leadership of local entrepreneurs, the Monteverde Hotels Solidarity Alliance was born. Inspired by the coffee tour alliance, for six months they allocated $1 per visitor to support two important projects in the area. Learn more about their accomplishments by watching the video below.
Alianza Monteverde joined the Community Fund with a focus on the mental and emotional health of the young adults in Monteverde. This group of local companies not only strived to provide a unique experience in Monteverde through the sale of touristic packages, but have committed to allocate a percentage of their profits to invest in the well-being of young people in the community, developing and leading a series of projects. Since 2021 they've held two day camp sessions under the name "Escape", where a diverse group of local youth learned about mental health, important life skills and non violent communication. Although the Alliance no longer continues working together as an economic partnership, many of them continue to support the Escape camp.
ANNUAL EVENT COLLABORATOR
FCM gives thanks to the host of the Annual Community Barbecue:
In 2019, we celebrated five years of collaboration with Cabañas La Pradera as gracious hosts of our annual fundraiser. FCM is grateful to this small team of family and friends with deep roots in the Monteverde community.
OUR INTERNATIONAL FUNDERS
CHARITABLE GIVING PARTNER
Contributing to the well-being of Costa Rica by connecting donors' values and resources with vetted non-profit solutions
Enables Monteverde Community Fund to receive tax-exempt donations in the United States, as our our 501(c)(3) partner.