San Francisco Travel Foundation
Tourism remains San Francisco’s #1 industry, supporting more than 71,000 jobs, and we intend to keep it that way.
That’s why in May 2003, the San Francisco Travel Foundation was founded with a leadership gift from past Board of Directors chair Robert Werbe. With the vision of supporting the momentum of the hospitality industry, the Foundation’s vision is to enrich San Francisco’s youth through education and opportunity. Serving as separate, but affiliated, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation prepares future industry leaders by providing scholarships to local students enrolled in hospitality management programs at local colleges and universities, and presents visitor-industry related educational programs to the community.
The Foundation accepts tax-deductible donations from individuals, businesses, organizations, and other foundations. To make a tax-deductible contribution, fill out this form, or contact Paul Frentsos at 415.227.2608 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Total Funds Raised: $304,027+ and climbing...
Our calendars are packed each fiscal year with educational and networking opportunities for our partners. Aside from being an exclusive platform for local businesses to leverage their stake in the visitor and meetings market, we make it a point to incorporate the Foundation whenever possible. Events such as our Partner Business Exchanges and other educational seminars have contributed thousands of dollars of necessary funding to our local students.
Macy's Flower Show Breakfast
This annual networking event is likely our most colorful. Teaming up with our partners at Macy’s Union Square, partners are invited to network with other like-minded businesses during an exclusive preview of Macy’s famous Flower Show. Paired with a silent auction, the event has generated more than $10,000 to the Foundation.
Visitor Industry Outlook & Marketing Conference
Our most anticipated conference of the year provides our partners with an education on the current state of the industry, trends and forecasts for the future of San Francisco, and much more. Our largest contributor to the Foundation, this conference has raised more than $113,000. In addition, each year we provide free registration to a group of hospitality students and staff from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco so they can learn and be inspired as well.
Our largest event of the year has not only raised more than $20,600 for the Foundation, but it’s also where we award our annual John A. Marks Scholarship recipient (in front of the city’s most influential industry leaders).
Staff Education Hours
We’ve been fortunate enough to receive education and experience in the hospitality industry, so that’s why we make a point to contribute time to pass our knowledge along to our city’s youth. Throughout the year, San Francisco Travel staff visits hospitality classes at San Francisco State, University of San Francisco, and City College aiming to educate, inspire and motivate students.
We’re not the only ones who see the value in our youth. Thanks to generous contributions, the Foundation has received more than $58,000 in valuable support.
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Meet Our 2013 Scholarship Recipient
Finding and encouraging tomorrow’s leaders is the key objective of the San Francisco Travel Foundation. That’s why we join forces with the Hotel & Restaurant Foundation to award scholarships to students interested in careers in hospitality industry management.
When John Marks, longtime president and CEO of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (now known as San Francisco Travel Association) retired in 2006 after almost 19 years of leading the association, we thought it would be fitting to honor his legacy and support an outstanding student each fiscal year by creating the John A. Marks Scholarship.
In selecting a candidate for the seventh year of this scholarship, we looked for a bright, energetic student who is active in one or more hospitality-related campus activities or associations, and who showcases strong leadership potential.
The recipient of the 2013 John A. Marks Scholarship is Elena Quach. Elena graduates in May 2014 with a double major in Hospitality Management and Accounting, and has already had a variety of experience in the industry. She has completed internships at the Left Bank Restaurant Group on Santana Row, in the payroll department at the Westin St. Francis, and most recently completed an internship in Revenue Management at the St. Regis San Francisco. As one of the field’s rising stars, Elena has demonstrated leadership, passion and energy for the industry.
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