It’s unfortunate but fair to say that as human beings we are surrounded by unpredictability that has a huge impact on us….

In 2017 there were 291 reported natural disasters, affecting 92.31m people and leaving 312,985 homeless (stats Our World in Data).  Add this to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria to name a few, and of course the all too regular occurrence of attacks such as Westminster, Belgium, Manchester, and the rising diagnoses in Cancer and mental health issues, for example, we need our knights in shining armour, those angels who are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to help us recover and rebuild.

By the end of FY18, there are 167,972 registered UK charities with an annual combined income of £76.015bn (Gov.UK).  Money that has been generously donated by people who have a real desire to help out and make a difference. So once the charities have the funds, and they have the expertise to help, how can we get those charity workers to the places and people who need them most?

Humanitarian Fares

A humanitarian fare is usually the least expensive flexible ticket, proven to generate significant savings for non-profit organizations; upwards of 30% in some cases. On occasions when humanitarian fares may appear slightly more expensive, they typically still provide best overall value due to their added benefits such as increased baggage allowance and greater flexibility over amendments and cancellations.

Accessing Humanitarian Fees

They’re often only accessible through a handful of specialist TMCs or direct from the supplier, meaning charities are forced to split their interests if their TMC is not one of the chosen few. The lack of competition also means that the specialists are able – and liable – to charge fees way above the norm.

The biggest problem with the procurement of travel management services for charitable or not-for-profit organisations is that many travel management companies (TMC) approach the delivery of their service from a corporate angle and do so with a one-size-fits-all mentality, often ignoring the very unique requirements of organisations that undertake charitable work. This is where it’s useful to find a charity or public sector framework to ensure you can receive the benefits of a travel management service, including fulfilling your duty of care, with competitive fees that won’t eat away at your organisation’s all-important funding. 

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