Expert Testimonials

We are proud that our cultivation travel programs have resulted in increased giving to the institution, major gifts, and strengthened relationships between the institution and its donors.


The key to raising money is developing a rich relationship be it between the institution, the organization, and their donors or among the donors. And that was our objective – to accomplish both of those. And travel, where you experience something together, something unique, is one of the primary ways.

~ Linda Steckley, Former Vice President, Development at Brookings Institution

Travel experience will enhance loyalty because you share experiences with your donors. And I know going forward, their loyalty is absolutely guaranteed based on that experience.

~ Danielle St. Germain-Gordon, Chief Development Officer, Arena Stage

Here you are, seven days experiencing travel – something that you will never forget. You share memories with other travelers. It is much more of a bonding experience and I think it makes that phone call a lot easier to make.

~ Scott Gerloff, President, Heritage Travel Inc., National Trust for Historic Preservation

It wasn’t as complex as we had feared because we had a partner – we chose to partner with ATA. Had we done it on our own, I don’t think we would have done it. Academic Travel made the whole process turnkey.

~ Danielle St. Germain-Gordon, Chief Development Officer, Arena Stage

They’ve been a leader in affinity tours for decades. We rely on them for advice and counsel on how we run our tours. And, of course, they’re magnificent at putting together wonderful tours, wonderful experiences and especially tailored for the client.

~ Scott Gerloff, President, Heritage Travel Inc., National Trust for Historic Preservation