One of the pillars of ATA’s mission is to “contribute meaningfully to our world, our field and our community.” For this reason, we support several philanthropic organizations that speak to each of these arenas. We actively support non-profit organizations in the field of educational travel and study abroad. We contribute annually to a grassroots conservation organization in our community of Washington, DC. Finally, we work to raise awareness among our travelers and students about local entities in each of the countries in which we operate around the world.
Our Field: Educational Travel and Study Abroad
Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) was founded by ATA executives, who serve on its board, and is heavily supported financially by ATA. FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.
Tourism Cares has been the recipient of ATA contributions since 2004, and a team of ATA employees participates every year in their annual preservation activity. Tourism Cares was formed by the merger of the National Tourism Foundation, founded by the National Tour Association in 1982; and the Travelers Conservation Foundation, founded in 1999 by the United States Tour Operators Association. The resulting non-profit organization benefits society by preserving the travel experience for future generations through awarding grants to natural, cultural and historic sites worldwide; by presenting academic and service-focused scholarships to hospitality and tourism students; and by organizing volunteer efforts to restore tourism-related sites in need of care and rejuvenation.
Our Community: Washington, DC and its Environs
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the only independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. The CBF vision is that the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers, broadly recognized as a national treasure, will be highly productive and in good health as measured by water clarity, lack of toxic contaminants, and abundance of natural filters in the water and on the land.
International Rescue Committee
We believe in maximizing our impact by focusing our support on organizations that touch millions of lives and help solve problems in many countries across the globe. At this time in history, the plight of refugees fleeing conflicts—in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia—is a tragedy of immense proportions that requires concerted, continued action and support. We have selected the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as our preferred charitable organization because of their longstanding commitment to support refugees, their sterling reputation, and their historical link to Academic Travel Abroad. Our founder, Fritz Kaufmann, successfully fled Europe during World War II from Marseille thanks to the support of an organization like the International Rescue Committee. The IRC also ran operations in Marseille in the 1940s under the name Emergency Rescue Committee. Were it not for these noble efforts, our founder may not have made it to safe shores. To learn more about the IRC and their work, please click here.