Consider a “Glamping” Trip for your Next Silent or Live Auction

Glamping (glamorous camping) is all the rage all of a sudden.  Companies like have successfully raised venture funding and are doing a terrific job of providing a top notching glamping experience for their clients.   Geronimo Solutions is now able to feature several terrific glamping options for your next silent auction event and those are provided by UnderCanvas, the leader in glamping.   Consider glamping in Zion, Mt. Rushmore, Smoky Mountains or other terrific locations.

More than 300 new non-profit each month are grabbing first class promotional materials (videos, flyers, high resolution photos) and displaying those to eager donors at their live auction events.  Each non-profit is creating a free account at TravelPledge.

Non-profit fundraisers are able to promote flexible vouchers that can be applied towards glamping adventures or they can promote specific trips to specific glamping destinations.    We’ve witnessed several auctions where one supporter RAVES about their glamping experience and this helps motivate all of the other supporters in the room to increase their bids on the glamping experience.  Non-profits are encouraged to get their account at TravelPledge asap so that you have access to these great trips for your next fundraising event.


Category : Blog, Fundraising, Vacations

Vacations For Charities

donate travelEvent season is in full swing this spring and summer for non-profit organizations. It is perhaps one of the most important times of year to raise money by hosting benefit dinners, galas, and golf tournaments. Live auctions are always looking for vacations somewhere exciting and unique such as Greece, South Africa or Spain. Don’t forget to keep it in the States with a couple other vacations well suited for the silent auction such as Colorado, Hawaii or California. Don’t let this year’s fundraising event go by without vacations, which typically raise the most money.

Visit to learn more about how your non-profit organization can easily secure already donated vacations (golf and more) all over the world for its next event!

Category : Fundraising, Vacations

Supercharge Your Next Silent Auction

Silent auctions have long represented the most effective fundraisers for thousands of non-profit organizations. Recent advances in technology will help “supercharge” your event results. Easy access to quality auction items, better service, plus winning bids that soar thanks to more competition during the auction itself! This playbook will help you best consider your options, ask the right questions, find the right partners, and maximize your auction efficiency. Particular emphasis will be given to featuring vacations as they are (by far) the most popular items at fundraising events, and we’ve spent several years studying the vacation rental/ charity event marketplace.


We’ve asked hundreds of non-profit event planners to tell us about their silent auction events, and we’ve noted their priorities, identified problems, and discovered specific solutions to improve auction efficiency. We also discovered many great companies that provide technology, service and product (auction items) in support of auction events. Contunue Reading

Category : Fundraising, Nonprofits, Vacations

Holiday Vacation Time!

Are you ready for a family adventure this Holiday season? Holiday travel is right around the corner and it’s time to prepare the family.

If your children are young it may be a good idea to start talking up the trip in advance. Letting children know what to expect, and what is expected of them, will go a long way in making the trip less stressful. Including children in the planning stages will make the entire trip more memorable for the entire family.

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Category : Vacations

Time for some fun in the sun in Cabarete, Dominican Republic at the Blue Fish Condo Beach

Looking for an exotic escape? New to the Geronimo Vacation Rentals for Charity inventory is the Blue Fish Condo in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.

Built in 2007, this beautiful condo is located in the historic beach town of Cabarete. You can enjoy the beach just 100 meters away or just dive in the big pool or relax in the Jacuzzi. Rattan/banana leaf furniture gives a modern tropical feeling at the place. It will feel just like home with all the modern appliances including flat screen TV and cable.


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Category : Vacations

Vacation Rental Owners, Do You Have Spare Weeks?

We know how hard it is for vacation rental owners to fill every week.  Geronimo Solutions is helping vacation home owners and vacation providers do just that all while helping lots of great charities.  This has now been extended to include top 100 Golf Resorts as well!

Geronimo Solutions helps with those spare weeks by promoting your vacation home rental to a new audience, supporters of thousands of charities. We help to fill your vacancies, increase your rental income and help a deserving charity. What’s better than that?

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Category : Vacations

Florida Vacation Near Great Golf!

Camp Creek Golf ClubHere’s a Featured Geronimo property that is near Camp Creek Golf Club in Florida.  Terrific property with one of the best floorplans in all of Seacrest Beach.

Find details and book your stay at:

Charities– Claim this listing for your event! Remember you can print (or save and email to donors) a PDF flyer of this property (and all Geronimo properties).  Simply look for the “Print PDF” link on the property listing page!


Category : Vacations

Akumal Villas

Thank you to Akumal Villas for participating in the VacationHomesForCharity program.  Together we are helping charities around the world raise money.

Villa Nah Ha

If your idea of a dream vacation includes stunning beaches, calm turquoise waters, friendly locals and luxury accommodations, our rental villas on the Mayan Riviera are the place for you! Just an hour south of Cancun, Mexico, 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen and 20 minutes north of Tulum, Akumal is a little piece of paradise! All of our privately owned vacation rental villas are located on a 20 mile stretch of coastline that includes Akumal, South Akumal, Jade Beach, Puerto Aventuras, Soliman Bay and Tankah Bays.

When Akumal Villas posts vacation rental space for charity, it will be found at

Terms: 5 Night Stay was donated for silent auction.  Subject to availability from April 30 to November 18, 2011

Retail Value: Between $2300 – $4500

Category : Vacations

Kailua Beach Front Estate

Thank you Steven Connel & the partners at The Kalua Beach Front Estate for partnering with us to help charities raise money in our past auctions.

Rarely do luxury vacation rental opportunities of this magnitude arise—anywhere.  Located on the sun drenched shores of Oahu’s Windward coast, this spectacular 8 bedroom 8 bathroom 11,000 square foot Kailua estate commands one and a half acres of world-class beach front property.  The lush, fragrant landscaping of the Kailua Estate provides an inspiring tropical and luxurious setting, and upon entering, it becomes evident that the gardens extend far beyond the front door.  Within the “moss rock” walls, a spacious inner courtyard is brimming with life and color.  The sights and sounds of tropical birds, swaying palms and waterfalls, enhance the pool and spa area.

We hope that Steven will soon post his charitable listings to

Terms: 7 Night stay, Subject to availability February, March, September – November, excluding major holidays.

Retail Value: $65,000

Category : Vacations

Tropical Island Retreats

Thank you Tropical Island Retreats for your generously giving your homes to help raise money for charity.  We hope to see your future listings / donations posted to!

Seafore: Tyrall, Jamaica

Welcome to Tropical Island Retreats. Extraordinary Vacation Rentals – Caribbean Family Vacations. We have been Caribbean villa owners and operators since 1998. We serve a discerning travel clientele, who expect only the highest quality of service and ambiance. Please peruse our selection of villas to the menu on your left. Each home has a distinct personality. Enjoy your visit!

Participating Homes: Seafore, Softwinds, Oran Na Mara, Hummingbird Haven, Emerald Reef, Alta Loma, Woodlands Estate

Terms: 7 Day Stay, Subject to availability June – November 15, Blackout Dates: Nov. 15-31 July 4, Labor Day, Boxing Day, & Thanksgiving

Retail Value: $3,000 – $5,000

Category : Vacations

Encanto Resorts

Thank you Encanto Resorts for your generous partnership with Vacation Homes for Charity.

El Faro Resort

Sharing the comforts and intimacy of your own home with your entire family while you enjoy the best that life has to offer. Surround yourself by the luxurious and laid-back ambiance that Encanto Resorts Collection affords at any of its distinct and privileged locations in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya. All of our two and three-bedroom suites feature a fully-equipped deluxe kitchen, as well comfortable, spacious and elegantly decorated living and dining areas.

For more information please visit:

Participating properties: El Faro Resort, Corto Maltes, Paseo del Sol

Terms: 4 Night Stay, Subject to availability, Holidays Blacked Out

Retail Value: $3000

Category : Vacations

Casa Bella Vista, Costa Rica

Thank you Casa Bella Vista for generously helping charities raise money.

Casa Bella Vista

Casa Bella Vista overlooks the #2 green on a beautiful half-acre site, a few minutes from the beach, within Los Almendros Residential Community at Hacienda Pinilla. Hacienda Pinilla is in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Hacienda Pinilla is a beach resort and residential community amid an exclusive oceanfront Costa Rican ranch with Spanish Colonial influences. You can enjoy the privacy, tranquility and natural beauty in this 4500 acre authentic and environmentally sustainable property, which includes a Championship golf course, tennis, beach club and equestrian center.

For more information please visit:

Terms: 7 night stay 4 suites Sleeps 10, subject to availability, Blackout Dates: 2011: 1/1-1/9, 2/12-2/21, 3/19-4/9, 11/20-11/27, 12/17-12/31

Retail Value: $8,000

Category : Vacations

Casa Ramon, Costa Rica

Thank you Casa Ramon, Costa Rica for partnering with Vacation Homes for Charity.  For the last two years you have helped raise over $400,000 for charities.

Casa Ramon

Casa Ramon in Costa Rica is “Your Home Away From Home”. Better than just a vacation villa, our home can be yours for a week or month.

Giving you a lifetime of memories at Casa Ramon is all we want to do, while exceeding your expectations and making sure your vacation here is perfect.

At Casa Ramon we have used Eco Green Tropical Costa Rican Architecture that blends itself into the surroundings, using rustic and modern finishes with bamboo, coral stones, volcanic and river stones, tropical hardwoods and recycled glass.

In our Costa Rican villa all details, plants and art work harmonize to echo with the surroundings. The mountain of “Cabeza Del Mono” (Monkey’s Head) and the Pacific Ocean with breathtaking ocean views that boast unspoiled natural beaches are located just below Casa Ramon.  The villa is enveloped by tropical forests teaming with exotic wild life and accented by lush gardens and fountains.

Experience first hand the ultimate in tropical coastal living in Costa Rica as redefined through Casa Ramon.  Our unique property is the best way to experience Costa Rica’s culture, food and fine art, the ultimate PURA VIDA!

For more information please visit:

Terms: 7 nights / 8 days 5 bedrooms Sleeps 12, Subject to availability April – November, Holidays/spring break blacked out

Retail Value: $14,000

Category : Vacations

Casa de Golf

Thank you Casa De Golf, Costa Rica for generously partnering with Vacation Homes for Charity to help raise money for incredible causes.

Casa de Golf, Costa Rica

Casa de Golf is a two-story Costa Rica vacation villa (resort) with luxurious accommodations, stunning ocean views and abundant recreation, including full exclusivity by the 18th hole of a world class championship golf course.

For more information please visit:

Terms: 7 nights / 8 days 8 bedrooms Sleeps 16, Subject to Availability, Holidays Blacked Out, 2011 Black Out Days: 1/1-1/9, 2/12-2/21, 3/19-4/9, 11/20-11/27, 12/17-12/31

Retail Value: $20,000

Category : Vacations

Villa Balboa

Thank you Villa Balboa for generously working with Vacation Homes for Charity to help make a difference!

Villa Balboa

Traditional and contemporary design meet to create a sophisticated ambiance embracing the flavor of Puerto Vallarta and modern Mexico in an exquisite oceanfront villa.

Villa Balboa features spectacular oceanfront and city views, authentic cultural excursions, private cinema & on site spa experience. Villa Balboa is fully staffed including a private house chef, English speaking concierge, chamber maids & security.

Villa Balboa is located on the exclusive south shore beach of Playa Venado, the best option for villa rentals in Pto Vallarta.

For more information please visit: http:

Terms: 7 night stay 7 Bedrooms Sleeps 16, Subject to Availability May thru October, Major Holidays Blacked Out, No children under 8.

Retail Value: $20,000

Category : Vacations

Las Terrazas Resort, Belize

For two years in a row, Las Terrazas Resort has generously donated 10+ stays a year to charities through Vacation Homes for Charity.  Thank you!

Las Terrazas Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Las Terrazas Belize Resort is among the newest luxury Belize resorts to be built on the island of Ambergris Caye – one of the most popular tourists destinations in Belize. This new island community and resort is nestled on 4.8 acres of palm-shaded private beachfront property. All townhomes have full kitchens complete with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and are stocked with dishes, glasses, linens and towels. Every residence is fully furnished with modern amenities including flat panel televisions, hand-crafted furniture and luxurious fabrics. Guests to Las Terrazas will enjoy laid-back island vacationing, world-class scuba diving off the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere. But while the accommodations are luxurious, the atmosphere is casual.  The dress of the day is usually shorts and sandals (if you can’t handle being barefoot).

Property Terms: 5 nights / 6 days 2 bedrooms/2 bath Sleeps 4 Private beachfront
Subject to availability Holidays blacked out Available April 17 to December 15, 2011
Retail Value: $4,000 Cost: $1,100

Category : Vacations