Best Western For A Better World®
With more than 4,200† 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.
Better World Fund
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.
How We Help
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 Kiva™ to help provide families and children with the vital tools they need to thrive.
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. With your support, Best Western For A Better World will be able to continue helping entrepreneurs in developing nations.
With more than 4,200† 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 Red Cross of Canada 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.