The IGLTA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, the leading member-based global organization dedicated to LGBT tourism.
Since 1983, the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association has provided networking support for gay and gay-friendly travel businesses around the world. With the launch of its nonprofit IGLTA Foundation, the organization now has a philanthropic arm that will use the power of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travel to build bridges with communities globally.
The IGLTA Foundation received a grant to focus on initiatives in four distinct areas:
- a scholarship program to expand educational opportunities for students in LGBT tourism;
- assistance for emerging LGBT destinations that may not yet have full government support, and companies in those emerging destinations that seek to welcome LGBT travelers;
- meetings and conferences that explore the opportunities and challenges facing global LGBT travel, and advance other key issues impacted by global travel; and
- creation of programming and outreach surrounding LGBT human rights.
The IGLTA Foundation has its own volunteer board of directors that operates independently from the association board and is made up of veterans in travel, finance and philanthropy.