We use our company resources on a not for profit basis, our staff and network of committed volunteers and friends to raise funds. The company pays for all administration of the Foundation and our charitable affiliate (The Camps Foundation), so every penny raised is a penny spent on projects. Additionally, when you travel with Camps International, on average over 40% of your money is spent in support of projects due to our unique model of building camps where our input has the most benefit. That's why we consider ourselves to be a world leader in responsible business.
View our Trustees Annual Report for more information on the work the Camps Foundation has been doing this year.
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Camps International covers all administrative costs, salaries etc. Every Foundation penny is spent on our projects.
The Camps Foundation is our way of demonstrating our unwavering commitment to the wide range of projects and activities that have been developed by Camps International since 2002 and encompasses all our corporate social activities. We believe that the unique way in which we own and manage our own camps and projects is the key to a truly sustainable enterprise based on sound ecological and business principles. We work exclusively in rural villages and wildlife conservation areas where poverty levels are high and there is virtually no form of income beyond small-scale farming, to build capacity in areas that would otherwise never benefit from tourism. Our conservation projects are targeted to include four of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots and aim to increase the value of wildlife and habitats by working with communities to develop economic benefits to over-exploitation of natural resources. This results in a reduction in conflict between people and wildlife, as well as encouraging environmental stewardship from the local communities.
Our projects have benefited over 30,000 people, providing communities with employment and better access to education and healthcare. Additionally, by establishing The Camps Foundation, a charity to work alongside the business, we have provided increased support to numerous projects that are independent of our volunteer programmes. This ensures that we maintain the balance between our commercial and philanthropic goals without one compromising the other.
The Camps Foundation also provides clarity in how we fund our project initiatives in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Projects are funded in three ways:
1) Volunteer Contribution
Every volunteer contributes both physically and financially to the projects they will be working on, with around 40% of their expedition costs going towards projects and associated costs in the support of projects. This includes project materials, local camp costs, project staffing and project transport. The remaining amount is allocated to other expedition costs, e.g. flights, insurance, administration and profits.
2) CI Foundation
The CI Foundation is a term that describes all of the activities undertaken by Camps International in support of our projects. As well as a financial contribution from our volunteers, all staff at Camps International are additionally raising funds in support of our initiatives. We work towards an annual target to ensure that all our projects are adequately funded by organising and participating in a wide range of fundraising activities, from charity expeditions and challenges, to grant applications and individual sponsorship. Projects are reviewed regularly to ensure that the funds are allocated fairly to the people and areas that need it most. This enables us to have an even bigger impact in our host countries and offer an even wider range of life-changing experiences for our volunteers.
3) The Camps Foundation
The Camps Foundation is a registered UK charity (no: 1125858). Project funds are routed through The Camps Foundation and subsequently allocated to projects. This includes funds generated through the activities of the company and earmarked for specific projects, and donations from individuals for both specific and generic use.
Read our 2012 project guide below for more information on how the Camps Foundation is benefiting the lives of the communities we support: