Children’s Memorial Hospital and Inspirato Partner to Fund Pediatric Care

Fundraising with Luxury Travel Helps Treat Critically Ill Children and Support Families

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital has served critically ill children for more than 130 years. No child is turned away because of an inability to pay or lack of insurance, and raising funds is critical to the hospital’s ability to provide ongoing treatment. Thanks to a new partnership with Denver-based luxury travel company Inspirato, Children’s now has a new resource for sustainable fundraising.

Inspirato’s new Inspired Giving platform was designed to help charitable organizations like Children’s raise funds in a new way. Through this partnership, donors who contribute $2,000 to Children’s through Inspired Giving’s dedicated online platform gain select access to Inspirato’s club-managed portfolio of vacation residences and unparalleled personal vacation services in locations ranging from California and Colorado to Hawaii and Mexico.

The Inspired Giving donation model benefits Children’s Memorial Hospital in a number of ways:

  • For every $2,000 donated to Children’s through Inspirato’s Inspired Giving website, the donor gains one-time access to an Inspirato luxury vacation – priced at up to 50 percent under market value, and bypassing the $15,000 Inspirato membership fee.
  • Inspirato provides to Children’s one Inspired Giving vacation experience that the hospital can auction off to raise funds. Of those contributed monies, 100 percent goes back to Children’s.
  • For every new Inspirato membership that is generated from a Children’s donation through Inspired Giving, Inspirato gives $2,000 to Children’s as a program partner.

“We are honored to participate as a charity partner in the Inspired Giving program,” said Thomas J. Sullivan, president of Children’s Memorial Hospital Foundation. “Funds raised through this partnership will help enable the hospital to provide specialty pediatric care for the thousands of families who come from far and wide for treatment.”

For Children’s donors, the donation and vacation booking experience is simple: the donor is given access to Inspirato’s Inspired Giving exclusive web portal, www.inspiredgiving.com; selects Children’s Memorial Hospital as the charitable organization of choice; and makes a tax-deductible donation of $2,000. That donor is then able to book a vacation to a luxury Inspirato destination and enjoy all that Inspirato members enjoy, including personalized service from an Inspirato vacation advisor, an on-site destination concierge, and luxurious accommodations ranging from intimate, couples-only, one-bedroom retreats to large, well-appointed homes in excess of 3,000 square feet.

Donations will support the areas of greatest need including Charity Care, which helps pay for treatment for children who are uninsured or underinsured, and for Family Services, providing art therapy, playrooms, educational services and more for children and their families.

Children’s Memorial Hospital is the region’s top provider of pediatric specialty care, and lllinois’ only freestanding hospital exclusively for children. In 2011, Children’s Memorial Hospital served more than 148,000 children. In 2012, Children’s Memorial Hospital will move to a brand new facility in downtown Chicago. The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago will provide state-of-the-art care to every child who needs it.

Children’s provides care for children from every state and more than 35 countries including children like Liam, who received a lifesaving heart transplant on Christmas Day in 2005. Today, Liam spends his summers tossing a baseball with friends and playing with his two brothers.

“We are privileged to support Children’s Memorial Hospital’s work to save lives and support families with critically ill children,” said Jackie Benton, executive director of Inspirato’s Inspired Giving. “The Inspired Giving website makes it easy for nonprofits to raise funds year round and offer something unique and special to their donors.”

About Children’s Memorial Hospital

After 130 years of treating critically ill children in its Lincoln Park hospital, Children's Memorial Hospital has built a new world-class facility, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, which will open on June 9, 2012. The 23-story, state-of-the-art hospital is located in downtown Chicago on the campus of our academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and will offer the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. The hospital seeks the support of the entire community to complete and invest in Lurie Children’s to help heal and save more children. For more information, visit www.childrensmemorial.org.

About Inspirato

Designed specifically for a new generation of luxury consumers, Inspirato offers the best of destination club consistency and service, together with unmatched value, flexibility and low-cost membership. Our members have access to an ever-growing portfolio of luxury homes in the world's top destinations, including California, the Caribbean, Colorado, France, Hawaii, Italy, London, Mexico, New York City and more. By leasing vacation properties (rather than owning), Inspirato is able to keep membership fees low, offer up to 50 percent off market rates, and easily add homes and destinations as demand increases. Our innovative business model has led to rapid growth since our January 2011 launch, placing Inspirato at the forefront of the "luxury for less" movement. For more information about Inspirato, visit www.inspirato.com. Find Inspired Giving on Facebook.



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