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    Backroads Community Partnerships

As an international travel organization, we view the world as our community. Since Backroads was founded in 1979, we've made it our business to support the areas where we travel and the communities where we live, through financial aid, material donations, people power and education. In the 21st century, we've broadened our reach to include more regions worldwide, while narrowing our focus to communities and organizations most meaningful to our staff and to you, our guests. Though Backroads is a small company, we try to make a big impact by creatively using our resources where they'll do the most good. We encourage you to follow our lead and support the causes closest to your heart, wherever and whatever they may be.

To request a donation, please fill out the donation request form here. Please view our fundraising auction policies here.

Backroads Community Partnerships

We've donated a total of over one million dollars to the worthwhile causes of more than 150 organizations and they include:


  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
  • Chicago Children's Museum
  • Children's Community Center Berkeley
  • Fare Start
  • Spectrum LGBT Center
  • Over one hundred individual school donations


  • American Cancer Society - San Francisco
  • Breast Cancer Fund
  • Friends of Crisis Nursery/Alta Bates Summit Foundation
  • Hearts of Gold: Enhances the lives of NYC's homeless mothers and children
  • Huckleberry Youth Programs
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • San Francisco Auxiliary (Lucile Packard Children's Hospital)
  • Taylor Family Foundation: Pediatric AIDS


  • High Museum of Art
  • Marin Theatre Company
  • Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • San Francisco Opera Guild
  • Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation
  • Sun Valley Center for the Arts


  • Mohonk Preserve
  • Teatown Lake Reservation

See a list of some of the worthwhile causes we have supported in the San Francisco Bay Area, where our main headquarters are located.