Travelnitch Inc

Creating a niche for kids with the travel itch

aka Travelnitch   |   Monson, MA   |  https://travelnitch.org

Mission

We are shaping future explorers who will transform the world through cultural understanding and acceptance.

Ruling year info

2020

Founder & CEO

Ms. Amanda L Renna

Main address

P.O. Box 284

Monson, MA 01057 USA

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Formerly known as

Travelnitch Publishing

EIN

85-2099449

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

While many families embrace the opportunity to travel, it is not always within reach. Time constraints and/or financial limitations can be a burden for many, preventing kids from ever really experiencing life beyond their own backyard. Unfortunately, many communities lack the cultural diversity that exists in the modern world. As a result, these kids grow up with an insular perspective on people and places.

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?

Travelnitch.org

An online resource for parents and kids to inform & entertain through a variety of topics including book recommendations, product reviews, travel stories, hands-on learning activities, and cultural oddities.

Population(s) Served
Families
Non-adult children

Our print publishing arm seeks to increase the availability of travel content written specifically for kids—primarily children’s fiction and Young Adult (YA) travel narratives.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

This podcast series will feature short travel stories written by big kids to engage younger travelers through the magic of storytelling. A collection will also be published each year as a print anthology. We are currently awaiting funding for this program.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Our mobile bookshop will bring travel literature to kids in every community through a partnership with local libraries. Customers can support Travelnitch AND their library with our “Buy one, Gift one” book promotion. Participating libraries will also receive a free copy of our latest children’s book. We are currently awaiting funding for this program.

Population(s) Served
Families
Non-adult children

Travelnitch donors are turning dreams into reality with the gift of travel through our family grants program. These grants provide funding for families to pursue educational travel together.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

By making travel more accessible, we have the power to change how kids view the world and everyone in it. Travel is an experiential education that fosters empathy, builds confidence, and supports a more tolerant global perspective. Through a diverse range of programs, Travelnitch provides ample opportunity for families to explore the world together, on the go or at home.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We inspire kids through virtual and real-world travel. This is accomplished through a variety of programs engaging families with children under the age of 18, including: storytelling, virtual tours, a podcast, family travel grants, and travel writing workshops for kids.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our content and services are constantly being adjusted to meet the needs of those we serve. We recently hosted an in-person fundraiser whereby we collected feedback during the planning and deployment phases to ensure our ongoing communication was clear and effective. This feedback will inform future events and interactions with our constituents.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We are a fledgling nonprofit and have valued feedback from day one. I'd like to think that we have always been open to change that is grounded in honest feedback. It is about striking an appropriate balance of power, whereby decisions are made in the best interest of the organization and those we serve. Feedback is always welcome and we strive to listen with actionable intent.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, 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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Travelnitch Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Amanda Renna

Travelnitch

Term: 2020 -

Meredith Renduchintala

Foodshare

Kiera Leitner

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Dawn Ruffini

Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/14/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Disability

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