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East Meets West was born from one woman's dream to heal the wounds of war between the United States and Vietnam.
Half Sky Journeys was born from a dream to inspire others to become champions for women and girls. We believe that there's nothing more powerful than travel, to help us understand why this matters - for everyone. Half Sky Journeys invests in women and girls through meaningful travel.
As partners, Half Sky Journeys and East Meets West can catalyze change in sustainable ways. When we bring together more supporters who understand that equal opportunities for boys and girls translates to better life for everyone, we push past the tipping point for positive world change.
There are 3 main groups of support that will create a ripple effect of awareness. Key Champions such as board members, esteemed experts on SE Asia, or other well-known leaders will be invited as the core foundation for the trip. Their reputations and experience are a draw for other travelers. For the existing East Meets West donor-base, the trip is a chance to get a deeper, hands-on understanding of the mission. The third circle of support represents an opening to a new community of potential investors: Women-centered philanthropists
While women earn 75% of men’s total income, their overall contribution to charity is 93% of men’s. Women donate more of their wealth to charity than men. In the US, on average, high net worth women give 3.5% of their total net worth to charity each year, almost double that given by men. And due in part to increases in higher education, the number of wealthy women in the U.S. is growing at a faster rate than that of men. Women donors also take the lead in investing in women and girls' empowerment. Furthermore, women are more likely than men, to invest in emerging countries over developed countries. As for HOW women give, research shows that donor engagement trips are a great fit. Women donors want to do more than write checks; they seek to build relationships. Women donors are passionate about their cause and often come to it through a meaningful personal experience.
Even though the focus on women in philanthropy is growing, we cannot move forward without the many supportive men who understand the importance of equality. Men continue to give generously of their resources and expertise. Men are valued and welcomed as essential members of any Half Sky Journeys trip.
As we create a buzz around the upcoming journey, we'll further develop East Meets West's communications strategies using social media and partnership outreach. The trip itself is a perfect opportunity to create and gather authentic, beautiful photos, videos and stories that can be used in future marketing materials. When we return, we'll have assets to help educate and inspire your audience for years to come.
Half Sky Journeys can provide start to finish services to manage every detail of your trip. We help you build the best strategy to enroll guests, build the trip with your goals in mind, and provide complete customer service to individual guests.
During the trip, Half Sky Journeys will provide support to make sure things go as planned. And if unexpected snafus do come up, we keep calm and find solutions. We also provide regular opportunities for guests to process their experience with the group, so that they are fully engaged, and present. As the trip goes on, we help each guest articulate what they see as their own personal commitment, financial and otherwise, to the future of East Meets West. We build the expectation of long-term involvement with the mission throughout the trip.
What happens after the trip is just as important as what happens before and during. Half Sky Journeys will help round up all the great photos, videos, and interviews created on the journey, balance the budget, and track pledges made from donors. We don't stop serving when the trip is over. We help measure the short and long-term impact of the experience.
Half Sky Journeys' basic fees for service can be built into the enrollment cost for each traveler. If we provide our full range of preparatory, logistic, and follow-up services, our fees usually equal approximately 20 - 25% of the total enrollment cost. We will work with you to determine exactly the level of service you desire, what price is appropriate to charge our guests, and what is our fundraising goal.
At Half Sky Journeys, we choose to partner with organizations who believe that equal opportunity equals a better life for all human beings (men, women, boys, and girls), and is deeply linked to human health, education, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability. We're ready to join hands with East Meets West to help you create an unforgettable journey.
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