Learn. Care. Help. Donate.
Learn. Care. Help. Donate.
With more than 4,100† hotels in over 100 countries, Best Western takes care of countless guests every day. It's that same spirit of caring that drives us to support numerous charitable efforts around the world. Through Best Western For A Better World's unique charitable partnerships, we reach out to families and children in need to provide them with the essential resources that we often take for granted.
The Better World Fund is the surest way to see that no need goes unmet. This resource supports all of Best Western's charitable initiatives and is allocated to programs with the most critical need. Through your support, the Better World Fund can be a first responder where help is most needed.
The Better World Fund is administered by an advisory committee and the Best Western International Board of Directors. Together, they ensure the proper distribution of resources to initiatives most in need of funding. Donations support efforts throughout all of the Best Western For A Better World charitable programs.
Poverty can deprive people of basic necessities like shelter, nutrition, and good health. We draw from our experience in the field of hospitality and team with networks like World Vision® and Kiva™ to help provide families and children with the vital tools they need to thrive. Best Western is the largest corporate sponsor for child sponsorship, supporting as many as 500 children.
Microfinancing is a proven solution that jumpstarts small businesses in impoverished countries. Kiva is our partner for U.S. donors. Kiva is currently responsible for over $470 million in micro loans around the world and boasts over a 99% loan repayment rate. Canadian donations will support microfinancing programs through World Vision. With your support, Best Western For A Better World will be able to continue helping entrepreneurs in developing nations.
With more than 4,100† hotels in over 100 countries, Best Western is a devoted member in thousands of local communities around the world. We feel a deep commitment to assist our neighbors whose lives are affected by disaster.
Best Western partners with the Red Cross of Canada as well as the American Red Cross to be a first responder in public emergencies. During tragedies such as Hurricane Sandy, the Yarnell Fires and the Boston Marathon bombing, Best Western employees and Best Western Rewards members have responded tremendously, giving over $120,000 to disaster relief efforts. The Canadian Red Cross provides vital resources to many disasters inside and outside of Canadian borders, including the Lac-Mégantic disaster in Quebec and the floods in Alberta.
Best Western believes in the power of education to change lives and improve circumstances. By helping to fund higher education, Best Western aims to empower young people and provide for the future of the hospitality industry.
As a demonstration of our commitment to educating youth, Best Western has established the Best Western Scholarship Program, which supports numerous students throughout North America. Your donations contribute to scholarships, which are awarded to students studying for a career in hospitality who exemplify Best Western values through community service and high marks in academics.
Numerous students are chosen each year. Here are spotlights on just a few chosen scholarship recipients.
Kayla H, Nothern Arizona University - Scholarship Recipient
"It means so much to me to receive this scholarship. My goal since deciding to attend college was to do whatever I could to pay my own way and not put the burden on my parents or come out of college too far in debt."
Roberta B, Arizona State University - Scholarship Recipient
"Being selected as a recipient of this scholarship means a lot to me because it allows me to further my education and pursue my professional goals... I have worked with dedication to achieve my goals so far, and getting the scholarship shows that I have succeeded..."
Sarah, Thompson Rivers University - Scholarship Recipient
"I am so honored to be receiving this scholarship... I have literally been raised behind the desk. Our customers became part of my 'family.' The example that my parents have shown me as owners/managers has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my experience in the hospitality industry."
Donations of all sizes are appreciated, and you may even contribute by making a one-time or recurring donation. All donations are tax deductible. Donors will receive an e-receipt for donations.
Will Best Western sponsor my cause or donate to my charitable organization?
Maybe. As a global business operating in more than 100 countries, Best Western receives a large volume of sponsorship and donation requests, and we cannot honor all of them.
If you would like to submit a request, please send your query to SponsorshipDonations@bestwestern.com. Organizations or individuals requesting sponsorship or donations must be based in the United States or Canada. Please be sure to include any key dates for associated events, raffles. etc., as requests without said detail cannot be considered. You will be contacted if Best Western is able to support your cause.
How does Best Western decide which causes to support?
World Vision is Best Western's charity of choice, and our independent hotel owners worldwide sponsor impoverished children through this global relief organization. In addition, Best Western is Presenting Sponsor of the New Orleans Hornets Bookmobile, an interactive library-on-wheels that has distributed more than 90,000 free books to students in disaster-affected parts of the United States.
Best Western also has a Member Advisory Committee composed of volunteer owner-operators who convene to review philanthropic requests. This group selects for support those requests which are consistent with our Corporate Social Responsibility mission statement, broad in scope, and which honor our fiduciary and financial obligations to our membership.
At our Phoenix, Ariz. headquarters, Best Western employees contribute to a number of local causes, selected each year by a staff committee.
Lastly, our Member hotels are often family-run businesses with deep roots in their local communities, and our Members have a long history of supporting causes with direct impact on their friends and neighbors.
I submitted a donation or sponsorship request but never heard back. What should I do?
If you have not heard back from Best Western, it is because we are not able to honor your charitable request. We thank you for your efforts and wish you success with your chosen cause.