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Bus rentals for non-profits and charities

Bus.com makes renting a bus quick and easy

The transportation needs of non-profits and charities are abundant. At Bus.com, we understand that often group organizers are trying to make magic happen. While we may not be able to cast a spell, we can remove much of the hassle from your trip-planning strategy by offering a streamlined booking system, a comprehensive pricing tool, and an amazing customer support team that is as excited about your cause as you are. 

Why Bus.com?
Safety measures for all trips
In order to better protect our customers and our bus partners, we have implemented new measures such as the disinfecting of buses between trips
Making a change? No problem
Bus.com customers benefit from a flexible change and cancellation policy, including no-fee changes and cancellations for most trips
Here for you 24/7
Our award-winning team of bus experts can offer custom solutions for you and your team — and our support team is can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Why do non-profits love Bus.com?
Budget-friendly travel
Group trips shouldn’t come at a high price — we are committed to finding the best value in your area
Flexibility from start to finish
Plans change, and you shouldn’t be penalized for that. Our flexible policies move with you
Book now, pay later
Secure your trip today and don’t pay anything until 21 days before your trip start date

Frequently asked questions for non-profit organizations

Does my bus rental come with a driver?

Yes, most buses chartered through Bus.com comes with a vetted, professional driver. However, it is possible to rent a sprinter van that can be driven by a member of your group. Visit the sprinter van without driver page for more details.

When should I book my non-profit bus rental?

Ideally, we recommend that bus charters be rented six months in advance. However, we know that this is not always possible! Our booking system can also find you the perfect bus options for trips that are happening sooner. Our online booking system can accommodate last-minute bookings in certain markets — if you do not see any options listed for your list-minute trip, please contact us.

Do your buses have restrooms?

While all coach bus rentals come equipped with a restroom, it is not the norm among any other vehicle type.

Can your bus accommodate my group's luggage?

Yes! Our coach buses are quite spacious, with room for bags underneath the bus as well as occasionally in the overhead compartments. For school buses, storage space can be more limited, although in some cases there is luggage space under the bus as well.

I have a question that has not been answered here. Who can I talk to?

Bus.com’s support team is there for you 24/7. Please reach out by calling us 1-855-428-7266 or emailing us at info@bus.com. Also, don’t forget to check out our full FAQ to see if your question is answered there.

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Public charities vs. charitable foundations

Based on the way that funds are generated, all tax-exempt charitable organizations are categorized into either foundations or public charities. A foundation is a charitable non-profit entity created and funded by a business or an individual.

 

Charities exist to support the advancement of science, public health, disaster relief, environmental protection, community education, animal welfare, human rights advocacy, and more. Operating private foundations often distribute money to their charitable programs.

 

Non-profit types by mission and model

Voluntary Association

A Voluntary Association is any group or union of individuals that enter an agreement and form an entity for a specific purpose (for example helping a retirees’ community, a school, protecting local historical sites, or improving night safety).

Veterans Organization

A Veterans Organization (also ex-service organization) is an organization either composed of or dedicated to those who served in the country’s armed forces or participated in armed conflicts. Some examples are The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), and Veterans Affairs Canada.

Social Advocacy Organization

A Social Advocacy Organization (or an advocacy group) is a non-profit or volunteer association influencing public opinion and policies to promote social justice or solve community issues. Some well-known US advocacy groups include the American Civil Liberties Union, TASH, Human Rights Campaign, and Human Rights Watch.

What is fundraising?

For every non-profit that relies on the public to fund its activities, fundraising is the most critical operation of all. Universities and colleges are known for their significant fundraising efforts (fund appeals, advancement programs, and more). For public charities, fundraising events are the fastest way to accumulate much-needed money for their programs, raise community awareness about the cause, or to recruit volunteers.

Fundraising ideas

  • Fun run or walk
  • Marches
  • “Something”-a-thon (knit-a-thon, bake-a-thon, etc)
  • Competition
  • Auction
  • Direct collecting
  • Sale of a service 
  • Thematic picnic
  • Pledge drive 
  • Fundraising shuttle (driving a bus around town with your logo — something that Bus.com can help you with)
  • Gala

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