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Stacey St. John

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AUGUST 22, 2023

#42: Unlocking the Power of Generosity: Debbie Todd’s Revolutionary Approach to Short-Term Rentals

Ever wondered how the heartbeat of a business can resonate so deeply with purpose? Let me introduce you to Debbie Todd. Not just the owner of The Woodlands at Hocking Hills, but a beacon of hope in the realm of short-term rentals.

Debbie isn’t just the “Airbnb biz” – she’s on a heart-driven mission. In this cozy chat, we peel back the layers of her journey—from her humble beginnings to becoming an influential force for good. 🌟

You see, Debbie’s crafted a magic formula. A way to merge passion with philanthropy, creating ripples that transform countless lives. We dive deep into how she handpicks charitable organizations that vibrate on the same frequency as her soul.

But here’s the most heartwarming twist: If you’ve ever been a guest at her place, chances are, you’ve been a part of this beautiful tapestry she’s weaving. Yes, each visitor gets to sprinkle a little bit of magic, as Debbie seamlessly weaves her giveback initiative into their stay, cultivating a bond of shared dreams and aspirations.

So, pull up a chair, grab your favorite beverage, and let Debbie’s tale warm your heart. Whether you wear the hat of an entrepreneur, are a wanderlust-filled traveler, or just someone who loves feel-good stories, this episode promises a sprinkle of inspiration, a dash of hope, and a whole lot of love.

Join us and celebrate the beautiful symphony of purpose meeting business. 🌍❤️

Highlights and Key Points:


[02:04] A quick bio of our guest; Debbie Todd

[03:04] How she got started in short-term rentals

[05:07 What inspired Debbie to start giving back to the community, and how did she select the charities she is donating to?

[06:57] The formula she uses to allocate the amount for donations

[13:29] How the donations are made to the charities

[15:04] How she involves the guests in the donation and their reaction to the giveback program

[17:47] How Debbie engaged her community in giving back

[20:11] The amount of time she dedicates to the giveback program

[23:00] Debbie’s advice to anyone who would want to implement a giveback program within their STR business

Golden Nuggets


  • “When you invest time and energy upfront, it pays off in dividends.”

  • “Short-term rentals are not passive income.”



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