Intrepid Foundation Adds NGO Partners

The Intrepid Foundation is introducing 22 new nongovernmental organization (NGO) partners in 2023.

The new partnerships bring the total number of Foundation projects to 36, the largest suite of projects in their 20+ year history. Their projects will now span every continent and cover issues that include conservation and wildlife, gender equality, human rights, youth empowerment, climate action, economic development, and emergency appeals.

While Intrepid’s operations have always aimed to create a positive impact in the communities they visit, the Intrepid Foundation, which was set up in 1999 and has donated over AUD$12 million in the past 20 years, empowers travellers to deepen their impact and support economic, social, and environmental causes through donations, awareness, and traveller education.

In December 2022, the Intrepid Foundation welcomed their new General Manager, Biheng Zhang, to grow the Foundation’s global reach and deepen the connection between Intrepid customers, local issues, and partners. Zhang, who is based in the company’s global headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, has over 10 years of experience working across corporate social responsibility and philanthropy for many influential organizations.

In the first quarter of 2023, the Foundation has not only brought on 22 new partners but has already raised AU$308,000 for their recent Türkiye and Syria Earthquake Appeal, which includes matched donations from Intrepid.

The new partnerships are the result of Intrepid’s local knowledge operating across 100+ countries around the world, which is considered one of Intrepid’s greatest assets. With over 25 operations offices across 6 continents, Intrepid’s vertical integration means they not only operate a majority of their own tours but can tap into their local staff who know the societal and environmental issues that affect their communities best.

Many of the new partners were sourced from their local team members and are primarily smaller, local organizations that would otherwise not receive international attention or support.

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