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Join the Spirit of Caring

With more than 4,500 hotels in nearly 100 countries, Best Western® serves countless guests every day. It's that same spirit of caring that drives us to support numerous charitable efforts around the world. Through Best Western For A Better World's unique charitable partnerships, we assist families and children in need providing them with the essential resources we often take for granted.

Better World Fund

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The Better World Fund is the surest way to see that no need goes unmet. This resource supports all of Best Western's charitable initiatives and is allocated to programs with the most critical need. Through your support, the Better World Fund can be a first responder where help is most needed.

The Better World Fund is administered by an advisory committee and the Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Board of Directors. Together, they ensure the proper distribution of resources to initiatives most in need of funding. Donations support efforts throughout all of the Best Western For A Better World charitable programs.

How We Help

Poverty can deprive people of basic necessities like shelter, nutrition and good health. We draw from our experience in the field of hospitality and team with networks like Kiva to help provide families and children with the vital tools they need to thrive.

Microfinancing is a proven solution that jumpstarts small businesses in impoverished countries. Kiva is our partner for U.S. donors. Kiva is currently responsible for over $470 million in micro loans around the world and boasts over a 99% loan repayment rate. With your support, Best Western For A Better World will be able to continue helping entrepreneurs in developing nations.

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With more than 4,500 hotels in nearly 100 countries, Best Western is a devoted member in thousands of local communities around the world. We feel a deep commitment to assist our neighbors whose lives are affected by disaster.

Best Western partners with the Red Cross® of Canada as well as the American Red Cross® to be a first responder in public emergencies. Through the generous support of Best Western employees, hoteliers and Best Western Rewards® members, Best Western For A Better World has provided aid in the aftermath of devastating disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the California wildfires and the Boston Marathon bombing. Through its partnership with The Red Cross of Canada, Best Western For A Better World provides vital resources to assist disaster relief efforts inside and outside of Canadian borders, including the Lac-Mégantic disaster in Quebec, floods in Alberta and the Fort McMurray fire.

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Best Western believes in the power of education to change lives and improve circumstances. By helping to fund higher education, Best Western aims to empower young people and provide for the future of the hospitality industry.

As a demonstration of our commitment to educating youth, Best Western has partnered with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational foundation to provide scholarships to students studying for a career in hospitality who exemplify Best Western values of community service and high marks in academics.

Student Profiles

Best Western has supported numerous students through the years to help build the next generation of hospitality leaders and to help make their dream of higher education a reality. Here are spotlights on just a few past scholarship recipients.


Kayla H, Nothern Arizona University - Scholarship Recipient

"It means so much to me to receive this scholarship. My goal since deciding to attend college was to do whatever I could to pay my own way and not put the burden on my parents or come out of college too far in debt."


Roberta B, Arizona State University - Scholarship Recipient

"Being selected as a recipient of this scholarship means a lot to me because it allows me to further my education and pursue my professional goals... I have worked with dedication to achieve my goals so far, and getting the scholarship shows that I have succeeded..."


Sarah, Thompson Rivers University - Scholarship Recipient

"I am so honored to be receiving this scholarship... I have literally been raised behind the desk. Our customers became part of my 'family.' The example that my parents have shown me as owners/managers has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my experience in the hospitality industry."

Donate Today

U.S.  and Canada donations are processed by the Arizona Community Foundation

Best Western Rewards members can donate Rewards points.

Donations of all sizes are appreciated, and you may even contribute by making a one-time or recurring donation. All donations are tax deductible. Donors will receive an e-receipt for donations.