What is the Money Pool and how is it managed?
The price you paid for this trip includes an amount from each person for
various expenses. We call this the "Money Pool". The intent is to use
this money when we do things as a group such as
- Visit a museum, castle, kabuki theatre, culture show
- Have one of the meals included in the trip price
- Charter a bus, or use taxis to get to some destination
- Have other expenses as a group
It is just practical for one person to pay for these kinds of things
rather than each person stepping up to the ticket window or paying
their own dinner bill (and having separate checks).
Money pool funds are also used to help offset the expenses of our
two trip guides - they do not get any other special compensation
and are actually personally paying for part of their trip expenses.
This fund is also used to pay for a membership in Denver Sister
Cities International (DSCI), in order to provide some insurance
coverage for the organization and the travelers. (See the page
on insurance for more information.)
Finally, this money includes a tax deductible contribution to
the Denver Takayama Sister City Committee, and will be used to
support our various exchange programs. The actual amount will
be determined on completion of the trip, and you will receive
a tax deduction receipt.
We expect this amount to be at least $300.