Established in 2002 by the founders of Intrepid Travel, The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that allows travellers to give back to the communities they visit.
Since our creation, we’ve raised over AUD$5 million to more than 70 non-government organisations around the world, which support initiatives in health care, education, gender equality, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development, environmental conservation and wildlife protection.
The Intrepid Group made up of Geckos Adventures, Peregrine Adventures, Urban Adventures, Adventure Tours Australia and The Family Adventure Company, has lent its support to the Intrepid Foundation since 2013. This has expanded the reach of our work, and given more travellers the opportunity to donate to projects that they visit. Each of these travel companies share the same responsible travel practices and philosophies, and are dedicated to promoting positive and sustainable development in the communities they travel to.
At The Intrepid Foundation, respect for people, all cultures and the environment is at the core of everything we do. We strive to understand the different needs and contexts of the communities we work with, as well as behave with integrity and honesty at all times.
All administration costs are covered by Intrepid Group. That means that 100% of your donation goes to the projects. And even better, donations are matched dollar for dollar – up to AUD$1,000 per donor and a total of AUD$400,000 for all donors each financial year, excluding emergencies appeals.
How The Intrepid Foundation is managed
The Intrepid Foundation is a company limited by guarantee. It is governed by a board of directors consisting of senior staff from the supporting companies and qualified and experienced external directors. The day-to-day operation and administration of the organisation – this includes monitoring the development of supported projects, financial reporting and recommendations for annual beneficiary grants – is done by Intrepid Group staff at no cost to the foundation. An external, independent professional firm audits all accounts annually.
How we choose Community Projects
Before a project is chosen to become a beneficiary, our team will build a close relationship on the ground with the relevant representatives of both the community and the project to establish its suitability. Using set criteria, the board will then conduct due diligence and assess if a project meets the requirements; we prefer to support organisations that are non-political and not primarily established to serve a religious purpose. Our support is usually for the medium term – at least two to three years – and we aim to raise the self-reliance and skill base of the communities we support. We are fully transparent and open in our processes and communications.
The Intrepid Foundation Trust is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). This means some of our donations are tax deductible for Australians. Check the bottom of the project’s page to see if it is tax-deductible.