1. Our Annual Fund: Giving the Gift of Lifelong Learning

    As a not-for-profit organization, Road Scholar lifelong learning adventures are made possible through tax-deductible donations from participants like you. Your support for our Annual Fund is critical in helping to close the gap between the tuition we charge and the actual costs of offering thousands of educational adventures in nearly every place and on almost any topic you want to explore. 

    On September 30, 2011, we close the books on our fiscal year. We look to our friends and participants who are passionate about lifelong learning to help support our cause and continue our mission through tax-deductible donations.

    This year, nearly 40,000 participants and other friends have donated to the Annual Fund. With your generous donations, we can reach our goal by September 30!


    There are several different ways to support the Annual Fund for Elderhostel and our Road Scholar programs. Find the one that works for you!

    Donate Online Now

    Support lifelong learning and make a difference with the gift of a tax-deductible donation made through our website. You can also mail in your donation or call us at (877) 426-8056. 

    Gifts in Memory/Honor

     For a more personal touch, gifts to the Annual Fund can be made as a tribute to friends or loved ones in order to commemorate significant events, express gratitude, or honor the memory of a person who has passed away. 

    Double Your Donation Through Workplace Giving & Matching Gifts

    You might be able to make your donation to Elderhostel go further! Many companies encourage employees to donate to their favorite charities by matching their contributions, sometimes dollar for dollar or more. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Click here to see a list of companies that have matched employee gifts to Elderhostel.

    Monthly Giving

    A convenient way to support lifelong learning and Elderhostel and help us reduce administrative costs is through our monthly donor plan, which affords you a flexible way to budget your annual giving and build a tax deduction. Monthly donors can choose between using their credit cards and checking accounts and are sent a year-end summary report for tax purposes.

    Annual Leadership Giving

    Help inspire others through your leadership, vision and generosity by becoming a member of Elderhostel’s leadership giving program. This distinguished group of contributors provides us with the crucial funds we need to continue our mission of lifelong learning that helps enhance the lives of over 100,000 older adults each year. Membership also includes benefits like honor roll recognition and special correspondence with Elderhostel President James Moses.


    With your support, we can continue to develop stimulating new programs, provide expert instructors, pioneer innovative learning concepts, accommodate participants with sight, hearing or mobility limitations, and above all, meet your needs for lifelong learning. Thank you to the 40,000 participants and other friends who have already supported Road Scholar education programs this year!

    For more information, please contact Ann Simanis, Associate VP of Development:

    Email: ann.simanis@elderhostel.org

    Phone: (617) 457-5429

    Mail: Elderhostel Development, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111

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