Ways to Give | Donate to HI USA

Ways to Give


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Give A One-Time Gift

For over 80 years, HI USA has enriched the travel experience and created opportunities for greater intercultural awareness and understanding. Your tax-deductible contribution will help ensure that these transformative experiences are available for our communities, guests, and a new generation of travelers.



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Give A Monthly Gift

With a monthly donation, you can help fund our travel scholarships and cultural education programs. Every dollar raised helps us foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and cultures for a more tolerant world.


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Leave A Legacy Gift

Help future generations gain a greater understanding of the world. Many HI USA supporters have included us in their will or other type of legacy gift. Their foresight, and yours, should you choose to join them, strengthens the future of HI USA and will keep the hostelling tradition alive.

We will recognize your commitment by inviting you to join our Hostelling Legacy Society. We’ll recognize Society members in our publications, and with invitations to special events. Anonymity is always an option.

If you would like information about remembering HI USA with your legacy gift, please contact Latoyia Harris Allen at (888) 449-8727 or legacygiving@hiusa.org.

Legacy Gift Options

Your legacy gift to HI USA will help us inspire a genuine understanding of people, places and cultures for a more tolerant world.


Your charitable bequest is an important type of gift for building HI USA’s future. When received, your bequest will be recorded as a gift to our endowment.

If you are considering making a Bequest please contact Latoyia Harris Allen toll-free at (888) 449-8727 or legacygiving@hiusa.org.

Life Income Gifts

Many types of assets, in addition to cash, can be used to make a legacy gift. We encourage you to work with your professional advisor to help you determine which type of legacy gift is best for you. These can include:

IRA or personal plan Life Insurance
Stock and bonds Savings/Checking Accounts
Donor Advised Fund Annuities

We honor Hostelling Legacy Society members through:

  • Acknowledgment in HI USA publications and web site (unless you prefer to be anonymous)
  • Invitation to special events

Legacy Gift Stories

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Give Real Estate

HI USA accepts gifts of real property from donors. Real estate gifts can be in the form of undeveloped property, a personal residence or farm, rental property or commercial property.

As owner of the property, you would be entitled to an income tax deduction based on the appraised value of the property. Each piece of real estate must be evaluated by the HI USA Gift Acceptance Committee. For more information on how to donate real estate to HI USA, please contact your financial advisor.

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Give Stock

Giving stocks and bonds is a popular method of donating to HI USA. That’s because stocks and bonds that have increased in value provide even greater tax benefits than gifts of cash. Owners of appreciated assets can obtain substantial tax benefits by transferring those assets directly to HI USA.

Before making a transfer, please contact us at 888-449-8727 or giving@hiusa.org to let us know about your intention, so we can watch for the arrival of your gift in our brokerage account and identify it (for security reasons, we cannot obtain donor information from our broker).

Donating Stock Certificates You Hold

To donate stock certificates you hold, please contact us at 888-449-8727 or giving@hiusa.org and request the Authorization to Deposit Stock and Bond Certificates form.

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Honor Someone Special

Recognize a special person in your life with a tribute gift to HI USA. A charitable donation in lieu of a purchased present is a wonderful way to honor family and friends on special occasions such as birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.

Memorial donations are a thoughtful and caring way to express sympathy and at the same time help HI-USA to expand hostelling.

When you honor someone with a charitable gift, you receive the receipt for the donation. Donations to HI-USA are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. If you wish, the honored person (or an individual you specify) will receive a card notifying them of your donation in their name.

You can make a tribute gift in online, by check, or over the phone.

Please be sure to let us know that you wish to make your gift in honor or memory of someone.

If you have any questions about supporting HI USA or need assistance with making a donation, please contact us at 888-449-8727 or giving@hiusa.org.

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Employer Matching Gifts

One of the easiest ways to increase your gift to HI USA is to secure a matching donation by your employer. More than 7,500 companies offer matching gift programs to their employees. Some also offer the option to retirees.

These companies will send a donation that matches, doubles and sometimes even triples the amount an employee gives to nonprofit, charitable organizations like HI USA. 

To arrange for a matched gift:

  1. Ask your employer’s Human Resources office about their Matching Gift Program.
  2. Obtain a Matching Gift form from your employer. 
  3. Depending on the process used by your company, complete your employer’s Matching Gift form and submit it, along with your gift, to:

Hostelling International USA
Office of Philanthropy
8401 Colesville Road, Suite 600
Silver Spring, Maryland  20910

We will verify receipt and return the form to your company for matching funds.

Your matched gift will make you eligible for recognition in giving levels listed by HI USA.  Your employer also will also receive recognition, if desired.  

For more information on how to make a matched gift to HI USA, please contact us at 888-449-8727 or giving@hiusa.org.

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Shop and Support

Shopping on AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support HI USA every time you shop, at no cost to you.