Faculty Advisor

Belz, Melissa

Faculty Advisor

Kurlanska, Courtney Brooke


This study, conducted in Monteverde, Costa Rica, examines how best to engage the tourism industry for philanthropic ventures. Our sponsor, the Monteverde Community Fund (MCF), collaborates with local businesses in collecting tourist donations, a strategy known as Traveler’s Philanthropy. However, their ability to support sustainable projects was limited by a lack of visibility to tourists and the community. To strengthen MCF’s approach to the Traveler’s Philanthropy model, we surveyed tourists and conducted interviews with local businesses and grassroots organizations. Using our data, we created various strategies to optimize MCF’s visibility and outreach efforts. We used the investigation to form a plan for MCF to develop as an organization and maximize their impact on the community.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2019

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project