CREST fiscally sponsors three impactful programs based in the Americas: CARE for the Cape & Islands, the Destination Stewardship Center, and the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund. We are proud to support these projects working hard to protect precious natural and cultural resources in destinations. If you would like to support any of these programs, you may donate directly online via the links below or send a check made out to CREST, with the program name in the memo line, to 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005.
CARE for the Cape & Islands was founded in 2012 by Jill Talladay as a grassroots organization to engage visitors and residents in ways to help preserve and protect the natural environment, cultural, and historical treasures of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.
CARE provides annual grants to fund projects that include historical trail development such as a Pilgrim trail and Sea Captains Row that share stories of early settlers, food forest and pollinator demonstration gardens, marine debris education, and water bottle filling stations to help reduce single use plastic. To date CARE has awarded more than $65,000 to fund over 50 projects through its grant program, generated more than 7000 hours of volunteer labor, and engaged more than 70 companies and organizations in the Cape Cod Stewardship Collaborative.
The Destination Stewardship Center’s mission is to help protect the world’s distinctive places by supporting wisely managed tourism and enlightened destination stewardship. The program’s goal is to help people find the resources they need to achieve that mission. The DSC's website provides information on the ways tourism can help – or hurt – distinctive places around the world.
The DSC was founded in 2011 by Jonathan Tourtellot, continuing a program he founded and directed at National Geographic. Jonathan originated the concept of geotourism, defined via National Geographic as “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place – its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.” This approach informs the DSC’s strategy. The DSC works closely with CREST and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council on matters of destination management and sustainability.
The Torres del Paine Legacy Fund, which became a fiscally sponsored program of CREST in June 2020, is an initiative dedicated to enhancing the long-term health of Torres del Paine National Park and its surrounding communities. Launched in 2014 in response to challenges posed by rapidly increasing visitation to this iconic yet fragile landscape, the Legacy Fund mobilizes and implements collective stewardship of one of the world’s most cherished and spectacular natural wonders. It partners with local and international businesses, municipalities, park authorities, and visitors to collaboratively raise funds, awareness, and execute local sustainability projects that: