Episode 20: How Activity & Collaboration Feed Off of Each Other, with Jacob Taddy
In this episode, you will learn about non-profits in the travel and tourism industry from Jacob Taddy.
Jacob Taddy is the founder and Executive Director of Onwards, a non-profit organization connecting people through unique travel experiences that empower local entrepreneurs. After working on service projects in the Navajo Nation, Skid Row in Los Angeles, and construction sites throughout the US and the Caribbean, Onwards was born when founder Jacob Taddy recognized a need to shift how he, and others, were talking about and providing domestic and international aid. Onwards seeks to shift from short-term solutions and volunteer projects to long-term, sustainable economic development. By providing microloans and business training to local tourism based business owners, Onwards empowers local entrepreneurs to tap into the largest industry on the planet, tourism, to create jobs and direct tourism dollars into communities that need it.
What you’ll learn about in this episode:
- What the next generation of travelers is looking for
- How the idea for Jacob’s non-profit organization, Onwards, was born and how it finds ways to direct travelers to communities that need it
- How Onwards creates authentic experiences
- Onwards level of integrity behind what they do
- How Onwards top priority is providing the biggest benefit to the community
- Jacob’s biggest challenge: convincing people to go places that they’ve never heard of, and how he overcomes it
- Why Onwards puts the faces of entrepreneurs at the forefront of their organization
- How Onwards is showcasing models of community development in Haiti & the DR
- The benefit of non-profits not treating each other as competitors
- The importance of focuses on strengths in a partnership