Airbnb community fund donates £ 200,000 for local causes

Bridgend Farmhouse and LOVE G Georgie Farm are among those who have received grants

An initiative that sees local charities receiving donations from Airbnb bookings is bearing fruit.

Airbnb has announced that it will donate £ 200,000 to local causes in Edinburgh as part of its community fund initiative. Airbnb launched the Edinburgh Community Fund in June to ensure residents directly benefit from tourism this summer as the city rebuilds itself after the pandemic.

The £ 200,000 donation includes funds generated from £ 5 for every stay that took place in Edinburgh in August and additional funds from Airbnb to secure rounded donations of £ 50,000 to each organization. The fund has received support from VisitScotland and the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network.

Paula Ward, Regional Director of Leadership at VisitScotland, said: “We welcome Airbnb’s decision to create a community fund and use its network of accommodation providers in Edinburgh to reinvest in the local community. This is a great practical example of how to redistribute the benefits of tourism to groups within communities. Tourism brings so much to the city, it is a force for good, creating economic and social value in all corners of Scotland and improving the well-being of all who experience it.

This Airbnb pledge ensures that the local Edinburgh community will benefit from every guest stay in August and will function the same as the resort taxes Airbnb collects and disburses around the world, generating more than $ 2.5 billion. sterling in tax revenue for 29,000 jurisdictions around the world. According to a study by Edinburgh City Council, Airbnb customers would collect around a fifth or a quarter of the total revenue from a potential tourist tax in the city.

Amanda Cupples, Managing Director Northern Europe at Airbnb, said: “The Community Fund shows how every stay on Airbnb can directly contribute to Edinburgh’s recovery from the pandemic. The fund invests additional money in the local community, complementing the money earned directly by local hosts or spent by community guests. After a difficult time for charities during the pandemic, the Community Fund is playing a valuable role in helping important community-led organizations recover and thrive. “

Fund allocation involved Edinburgh hosts and community organizations. The final recipients are:

• Bridgend Farmhouse: a community owned and run charity in South Edinburgh with a mission to ensure that the renovated farm exists as a sustainable community center where all can learn, work and grow together to develop community and a flourishing place.

• LOVE Georgia Farm: offers a wide variety of social, educational and environmental programs. The Farm Education Center provides education and wellness services to children, youth, adults and the community at large and includes animal and natural therapy, creating educational tools that encourage new generations to create a better future that respects the environment.

• Edinburgh Remakery: An award-winning environmental social enterprise committed to diverting waste from landfills, building a stronger community and promoting a culture of repair.

• Pilton Youth & Children’s Project: rooted in the local community and committed to empowering every young person to realize their unique potential and play a positive role in society.

Claire Pattullo, Managing Director of Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network, said: “ESE and Edinburgh TSI have been delighted to support this fantastic Airbnb initiative to ensure that a portion of their visitors and hosts’ income goes directly to some of the communities. underprivileged people in Edinburgh thanks to these beloved local charities. It’s even more inspiring to see that three of the organizations receiving these awards are social enterprises that make sure all of their profits go to supporting local communities.

Earlier this year, Airbnb launched The great rebalancing of European travel, a series of commitments to work with communities in the region to ensure that return travel is safe, sustainable and benefits all, spreading the economic benefits to more people and preventing the return of overtourism.

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