New Global Citizens Club Engages Donors and Supports Local Non-Profits
Now in our 30th year, the World Business Academy strives to keep growing and evolving as an organization. We constantly endeavor to stay relevant and to show our appreciation and dedication to the Santa Barbara philanthropic community. Without our generous supporters, we couldn’t continue to do the good things we do and support the causes we all hold dear.
A new way we will be doing that this year is through our Global Citizens Club. Our club will give our supporters and any charitable community members a new opportunity to share their commitment to our community and the planet while partnering with local businesses that donate to human rights or charitable organizations. It’s a win-win!
The Academy’s members are the first to be enrolled in our Global Citizens Club, but other folks can join also, so please tell your friends! Global Citizens Club members will receive a card with a monthly newsletter so they can enjoy discounts and benefits from the beautiful Belmond El Encanto resort in Santa Barbara, which will host the club’s monthly membership meetings. Anyone in the community is invited to join the new Global Citizens Club by donating $300 or more annually (or $25 a month) to a non-profit organization in Santa Barbara that affiliates with the club and the Academy. Our first official affiliated non-profit is Human Rights Watch.
The Global Citizens Club offers members a chance to meet others who think of themselves as global citizens and want to improve our community. We formed this club late last year before the mudslides, and now we see the need to proactively engage our local community and help our friends. So many things we care about in California are under attack by the federal government. We need to be “self-appointed citizens of the realm,” so to speak, to ensure that our community does as well as it can considering the social and environmental challenges we face.
The Global Citizens Club will also raise donations for many important local non-profits!
The Belmond El Encanto, which is the first affiliated business, has demonstrated its commitment to the community during the recent Thomas Fire and mudslide crises by generously offering discounts of 50 percent or more off of rooms for area residents seeking shelter after being evacuated due to the fire, flooding or mudslides. Similarly, other local businesses that also give back to the community will offer discounts in the future.
Global Citizens Club members will enjoy many privileges and benefits from the resort, including 15 percent off on all food and beverages at the resort, seven days a week; a 20 percent discount on all spa services, Monday through Thursday; 20 percent off rooms, Monday through Thursday; and 20 percent off small catered events, Monday through Thursday. Belmond El Encanto will provide members with an access code to use when making guest room reservations.
Global Citizens Club members also may attend monthly meeting at the Belmond El Encanto that will feature a no-host bar and complementary appetizers as well as interesting presentations by guest speakers and local dignitaries. These monthly events will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m..
The first club meeting was Jan. 18 and featured a talk by Diane D’Arrigo, director of the Radioactive Waste Project at Nuclear Information Resource Service, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit devoted to a nuclear-free, carbon-free world. Diane will discuss a government proposal to transport high-level radioactive waste throughout California and the United States, which is likely to directly affect our communities because of our proximity to the Diablo Canyon and San Onofre Power Plants. For the month of February, the Academy and Global Citizens Club will be hosting a panel with the Clean Coalition and local policymakers on rebuilding a resilient microgrid for Montecito.
Give us a call if you’d like to join the Global Citizen’s Club at 805-892-4600 or email Lisa LaPlaca at [email protected].