Komoot & the government VAT relief scheme: 3% of your purchase goes to a good cause

Komoot’s mission is to help people explore more of the outdoors. As a member of komoot’s outdoor-loving community, you know why this matters. The sense of adventure when you explore somewhere new, the freedom of moving through the world under your own steam. Not to mention the calm that settles into your body when you’re breathing in fresh air and admiring a beautiful view.

Not everyone knows that feeling though. Some people have never had the chance to experience it.

As you may know, the German government has reduced the VAT on purchases for the next six months, saving you 3% on anything you buy. When it comes to komoot, that equals about 30 cents per purchase – not very much to you or us. However, collectively, these savings add up! That’s why we’ve decided to donate the difference to worthy causes, so more people can experience the joy of nature.

Six months, 12 good causes

Over the next six months, komoot will donate €10,000 each to two charities per month. We’ll be looking for charities and projects that help children and people from disadvantaged backgrounds – those who’ve been particularly hard hit by the pandemic – to get outside. 

July

NAJU Hessen – „Let ́s step – into nature!“

The NAJU project aims to bridge the gap between nature and children from impoverished urban neighborhoods. Working with local youth centers, the project takes kids into the wild to teach them sustainability habits in a fun and engaging way, while they experience the natural environment they’re learning to protect. Read more about NAJU Hessen here.

SOS-Kinderdorf Weimar – Ferienfreizeit Ostsee

The summer holidays are a time to pack the family into the car and head for the beach. But for many children from lower socio-economic backgrounds, a family holiday is a foreign concept. Holidays to them mean isolation in a small apartment while their parents work to pay the bills. This is why numerous SOS Children’s Villages offer a local holiday program, where kids are taken on excursions in nature – camping by a lake, going for a hike, or paddling on a river. For disadvantaged children, these short trips are special experiences they’ll remember for years. They learn lifelong skills like independence and teamwork, as well as getting the chance to relax and have fun with their peer group and giving them stories to share with their classmates when they return to school. Read more about the project here.

 

We’ll be updating this page with the organizations we donate to each month until December. If you have any suggestions for worthy causes, please let us know in the comments below!

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