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AMERICAN PILGRIMS ON THE CAMINO

Olympia, WA   |  www.americanpilgrims.org

Mission

The mission of American Pilgrims on the Camino is to foster the enduring tradition of the Camino de Santiago by supporting its infrastructure, by gathering pilgrims together, and by providing information and encouragement to past and future pilgrims.

Ruling year info

2005

Chair

Joseph A Curro Jr.

Main address

120 State Avenue NE, #303

Olympia, WA 98501 USA

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EIN

01-0725409

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

American Pilgrims on the Camino is not a problem-centered organization. It addresses the desire of Americans who walk or cycle Europe's Camino de Santiago de Compostela to have adequate and accurate information to prepare for and participate in this centuries-old pilgrimage experience, to have adequate opportunity to gather and to share their experiences with others who walk it, and to have a mechanism to support enhancements to the infrastructure of the Camino.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Camino de Santiago Credential Program

American Pilgrims on the Camino is pleased to provide credentials authorized by the Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela. We are able to fill credential requests at no charge to individuals, families and small groups requesting up to 10 credentials total.

While on their journey along the Camino de Santiago, pilgrims carry a credential (credencial), a document with which the pilgrim authenticates his or her progress by obtaining sellos (stamps) along the way. Sellos can be obtained at most hotels and inns, restaurants, bars, churches, museums, city halls, police stations and at all albergues.

Population(s) Served
Adults

American Pilgrims on the Camino hosts an annual Gathering of Camino de Santiago Pilgrims. This event provides information about the Camino and offers encouragement to pilgrims.

Population(s) Served
Adults

American Pilgrims on the Camino offers local and national training programs for individuals who have walked the Camino de Santiago and now desire to provide support to pilgrims by working in albergues on the pilgrimage route.

Population(s) Served
Adults

American Pilgrims on the Camino offers grants in two categories:
1. Infrastructure grants are for projects whose aim is to develop and improve the infrastructure of the Camino de Santiago. These are typically made to albergues or to organizations that work to further develop the infrastructure of the Camino in Spain.
2. The Michael Wyatt $500 Hospitalero Service Grant is awarded to American Pilgrims members in financial need who desire to give back to the Camino while serving as a volunteer hospitalero in Europe.
The grant helps reduce the cost of travel and requires a minimum of two weeks of service at a Camino albergue. The hospitalero assignment must be completed by the end of the calendar year following the award.

Population(s) Served
Adults

As of the end of 2019, American Pilgrims on the Camino had 61 local chapters around the United States. Chapters are led by volunteer co-cordinators and provide Camino-related activities to gather pilgrims together and provide information about the Camino.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Camino de Santiago Grant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Camino de Santiago Grant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of American Pilgrims on the Camino is: to foster the enduring tradition of the Camino by supporting its infrastructure, by gathering pilgrims together, and by providing information and encouragement to past and future pilgrims.

The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage route across Europe, culminating at the Cathedral of St. James the Apostle in the northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, where it is believed the bones of the martyred apostle are buried. First traveled by pilgrims in the Middle Ages, the Camino was little used from the time of the Reformation until about 30 years ago, when the old route was revived, and pilgrims began to walk again. A record number of pilgrims (347578) completed the Camino in 2019, including a record number of Americans (20652) or 5.94% of the total). Among modern pilgrims, some make the journey for religious or spiritual reasons, others to experience Camino history and culture, and yet others simply like the physical challenge of a long walk. Slowing your pace to that of foot travelers of centuries past servehe mission of American Pilgrims on the Camino is: to foster the enduring tradition of the Camino by supporting its infrastructure, by gathering pilgrims together, and by providing information and encouragement to past and future pilgrims.

American Pilgrims on the Camino (American Pilgrims) programs serve the community of pilgrims, which includes people who travel the Camino, those who aspire to travel the Camino, and those who help them along the way. Our intent is to foster a community that informs and supports past, current, and future pilgrims and that creates ambassadors and stewards for the route. It is our intent that by supplying opportunities for pilgrims to come together – whether in the spirit of learning about the Camino, volunteering, or visiting one of our hosted forums – American Pilgrims will be associated with quality information and service to the Camino. We are the primary U.S. organization from which prospective pilgrims gather information for their pilgrimage.

American Pilgrims supports several avenues to facilitate communication between those who have completed the pilgrimage and those who wish to. Each spring we hold a large Gathering where attendees come to share and learn about different aspects of the Camino and Camino life, including historical information, practical route information, and training advice. American Pilgrims supports official regional chapters in communities across the United States, where pilgrims exchange information and train together. As of January, 2020, there are 54 active local chapters across the United States.

The association's quarterly newsletter, La Concha, includes organizational updates and features articles, photographs, and other information submitted by members. Member submissions are a way returning pilgrims process their experiences and engage other pilgrims. The American Pilgrims-sponsored Facebook group provides information to the wider community of people interested in the Camino and is an active platform for discussions related to the route, such as local economy, history, language, food, current events, etc. As of January 2020, the group has more than 21,900 members. We also have a Facebook group for cyclists, which provides a platform for discussions relating to those who chose to travel the Camino by bicycle.

The Camino Credential, the document all pilgrims must carry to identify themselves as pilgrims, is issued to pilgrims by American Pilgrims free of charge – the only organization worldwide not to charge a fee for this document. In 2019, we provided about 7,500 credentials.

American Pilgrims pursues relationships with international organizations that promote and preserve the Camino. Joining with Camino support organizations from other countries American Pilgrims support the people who walk or cycle the Camino and the infrastructure of the Camino itself. Providing grant funding to local organizations, primarily albergues (pilgrim hostels) supports the infrastructure and helps build greater Camino community, which increases our impact and benefit to the Camino.

American Pilgrims actively supports programs and opportunities for members to participate in, whether at home or on the Camino. These include the chapters and volunteer opportunities at the Pilgrims Office in Santiago, as well as other opportunities to volunteer along the Camino, such as the Ribadiso albergue program, as well as training for people to serve as hospitaleros (hosts) at the albergues. Many members come back from their experience looking for ways to give something back to an ideal, a place, and an adventure that has affected them significantly.

American Pilgrims has been in existence since 2003. Our greatest asset is our members, including both a core of dedicated members who have been with the organization from the beginning and many new, enthusiastic members who have joined us in recent years. A Board of Directors gives hands-on direction to the organization; ours is a working Board in addition to one that sets policy. In the past two years our membership has more than doubled, including international members. Participation in our Facebook group has increased almost tenfold. Our local chapters connect with local pilgrim through meet-up groups, hosted talks, hikes, and other events that members and non-members may attend.

American Pilgrims' connections to and support of other organizations has contributed greatly to our mission of providing information and encouragement. Both a Camino documentary film and a university pilgrimage studies program received grant awards from American Pilgrims and have been strong and vocal supporters of our mission and our organization. Increased membership and donations to the organization have enabled us to award more infrastructure grants to worthy projects. These projects are tangible evidence of the difference American Pilgrims makes to the Camino, local economies, and facilities along the way, and member feedback about these projects has been positive.

Through American Pilgrims, Americans have more presence on the Camino, and in 2018 ranked among the top six nationalities of those completing the Camino, including Spaniards. The increasing number of Americans walking the Camino demonstrates that the experience of the Camino is important, and American Pilgrims has actively sought local partnerships in Spain and cultivated meaningful relationships with secular and non-secular groups to increase American participation.

Our organization has sought out and developed a range of volunteer opportunities for members. A well-established and highly developed training course prepares those wishing to serve as hospitaleros at local albergues along Camino routes. This training allows American seeking these opportunities to know what to expect and how to comport themselves in these positions. American pilgrims trainees are often praised for their abilities as hospitaleros.

Our board works with organizations in other countries to identify and support projects that are beneficial to the Camino and that may provide volunteer opportunities for our members.

The growth in popularity of the Camino is changing the environment for American Pilgrims on the Camino. In 2019, American Pilgrims is reviewing its programs to assure continued progress and to identify additional avenues for member involvement and membership growth. We will also review Board policies and procedures to assure progress in effectiveness and transparency.

Program review will include the Annual Gathering, the Chapters, Grants, Communications, and Training programs. It will also include a review of our well established relationships with international Camino support organizations like ours, which has been part of a long-term strategy to find joint projects and programs and to increase our knowledge of Camino routes that our members might travel.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICAN PILGRIMS ON THE CAMINO

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joseph Curro

American Pilgrims on the Camino

Term: 2024 - 2024

Tom Labuzienski

Ruben Mendoza

William Artz

Allison Venuto

Paula Jager

Thomas Coleman

Joseph A Curro

Rachel Ganzon

Luis Gussoni

Eryn-Ashlei Bailey

Martin Pena

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/19/2023

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.