|NOMINATED FOR BEST CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM
Grand Pacific Resorts’ commitment to social responsibility and environmental sustainability grows stronger every year. We continue to expand our reach through our corporate social responsibility program, GPR Cares, guided by the philosophy “What Matters to You, Matters to Us.”
We are driven by our core purpose, enriching lives by creating experiences worth sharing, and that purpose is present through all layers of our organization. From associates that donate their time, to our owners that donate their vacations, we are continually inspired to do more for our people, for our communities, and for the world.
Feel Good by Doing Good
Engaging our Network Through our program beCAUSE Destination Matters, guests and owners can nominate their favorite non-profit for a charitable donation from us. Once per quarter, we announce three nominated charities and share the stories about them bringing awareness to the causes by encouraging votes for their favorite. The winner of the vote receives $2,500 donation and the other charities go into our “Vacation for Good” program where 10% of rental proceeds the following quarter are donated.
Passion for Education Swinging into Action
Every year, we host the Annual Christel House Golf Tournament, and in 2018 we were able to raise over $50,000. Proceeds for the tournament benefit Christel House Schools in underprivileged neighborhoods domestically and abroad, namely Indianapolis, Mexico, South Africa, and India. Expanding on the Golf Tournament fundraiser, we involved our owners with our first ever Christel House Putt-Putt Fun-Fundraiser: a mini-golf fundraiser held on Carlsbad Seapointe Resort’s own mini golf course. Through the mini golf tournament, we were able to donate $1,500 more to Christel House, more importantly, we were able to get our owners and guests involved and engaged with the charity.
Learn by Doing
This past summer, we hosted two interns from Christel House. Both young women came from Christel House Indianapolis, and had been in the program from first to twelfth grade. They were able to work on projects at the home office and resorts including the Christel House fundraising events. Hosting the interns was both unique and wonderful, and allowed us to give back more than money – we gave opportunity.
Epic Growth in Giving Clean as a Whistle
In 2016 we partnered with Clean the World, a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. To date, we collected nearly 11,500 pounds of waste, and Clean the World distributed nearly 34,000 bars of soap to poverty stricken countries and emergency distribution centers around the country, recycled almost 3,900 pounds of plastic, and donated 10,300 plastic bottles to hygiene kits.
Giving Families Time Together
Every year we partner with Send Me On Vacation, an organization for women who have undergone breast cancer. In the past, our donations were 7-night vacations for two courageous women at one of our resorts. This year, we took our support to the next level. Revive and Thrive, in support of Send Me on Vacation, came to fruition late 2017 allowing owners at our family of resorts to donate their use week to a breast cancer survivor. The donations have grown from 6 weeks in 2017 to 10 weeks in 2018. The donations often include messages of hope and love, and some stories of our owners’ personal battles with cancer. We are incredibly grateful that our owners are aligned with our core value of giving back. As the top sponsor of Champions for Charity, an event benefiting Send Me On Vacation, we had already donated for the opportunity to present four vacations to breast cancer survivors. Upon learning the non-profit was just short of their $50,000 goal, the team came together and added $900 to our donation so that Send Me On Vacation could exceed their goal.
Grow the Tradition of Giving
Our annual Giving Tuesday campaign expanded from one non-profit receiving a donation in 2017 to 7 non-profits receiving donations in 2018. We ran three separate campaigns to raise money, all in the spirit of Giving Tuesday. Altogether, we were able to donate a collective $3,769 to charities in areas local to our family of resorts. Inspired to Do Even More We are so humbled and inspired by our owners, guests, associates, and leadership team whose generosity benefits those in need. Experiencing the joy of a breast cancer survivor receiving a week-long vacation, and watching the light in a young adult’s eyes as they learn something new, is truly indescribable. These are the moments that light the fire within us to continue to do as much as we can for as many as we can, and we will continue to grow the tradition of giving within our organization and with our owners.