What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is the practice of raising funds online from a large group of people for the sake of a cause, campaign, or special project.

How does crowdfunding work at Semester at Sea?

Semester at Sea has partnered with a company called Community Funded (started by Colorado State University alumni) in order to raise funds for scholarships, the annual fund, and other special initiatives. To do this, we rely upon the passion, strength, and connectedness of the Semester at Sea family.

Who can contribute to a campaign?

Anyone! Alumni, Faculty and Staff, Lifelong Learners, Parents, Friends, Corporations, Foundations Enrichment Voyagers and ISE staff have all contributed to Semester at Sea in the past – our crowdfunding platform is a new initiative that invites all past, present, and future supporters of Semester at Sea to give a gift in support of our life-changing program and to share their generosity and passions across social and email networks!

How do I contribute to a campaign?

Simply find a fund or funds that appeals to you and click on the “Make a Donation” button – from there, the donation process is quick and secure. If you or your spouse works for an employer that matches gifts, or if you’re interested in learning more about planned giving, you’ll be invited to explore those options as a part of the process as well.

Who can start a campaign?

In the initial stages of our crowdfunding platform we are focusing on our “evergreen” Semester at Sea funds – scholarships, the annual fund, and other initiatives that are considered to be the flagship funds of our program. As the crowdfunding platform continues to develop we will explore the option of launching new projects based on the passions and ideas of our Semester at Sea family.

What payment methods are accepted?

Semester at Sea crowdfunding accepts credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). If you prefer to make your gift by mail, please find the detailed instructions located on each fund page.

Is there a minimum or maximum I can give?

There is a $5.00 minimum for all gifts on the crowdfunding platform – there is no maximum amount. Please feel free to support multiple funds with your gifts – the crowdfunding platform makes it easy to spread your generosity across several different initiatives!

If I contribute, when is my credit card charged?

Immediately upon making a donation.

Is my contribution tax deductible?

Yes – all donations made to the Institute for Shipboard Education | Semester at Sea via the Semester at Sea crowdfunding platform are tax deductible. Upon the completion of your contribution a  receipt will be mailed to you that lists donation date, amount, fund(s) supported, and Semester at Sea’s tax identification number.

How is my contact information used?

Your contact information is required to process your credit card information and so that Semester at Sea can provide you with necessary tax information upon the completion of your contribution. Donor information is also retained for the sake of annual auditing, reporting, and tax purposes. If you sign up for updates for a campaign, you will also receive periodic email updates about that campaign. Semester at Sea may also use your contact information to provide you information about similar campaigns or fundraising initiatives via crowdfunding, email, and standard mail. If you have questions about your information, please contact Andrew Boesenecker, Manager for Annual Giving and Stewardship, at 800.854.0195 or aboesenecker@isevoyages.org.

Does Semester at Sea store my credit card information?

No. Semester at Sea does not store any credit card information.

Is my contribution amount publicly displayed?

Unless you indicate when making your contribution that you would like your gift to remain anonymous, your name will appear alongside other campaign supporters. Your contribution amount will not be displayed.

Can I share that I gave to a campaign through my social media accounts?

Absolutely! With Semester at Sea’s new crowdfunding platform, sharing the projects you are passionate about has never been easier. In addition to Facebook and Twitter sharing options, you can also click on “Share this Campaign” at the top of each campaign. This will allow you to copy/paste a link and embed the campaign wherever you’d like!

Can I receive a refund?

If you need a refund, please contact the Office of Advancement at 800.854.0195.

What percentage of my gift actually goes to the campaign?

100% of your contribution goes directly to the fund or funds you support with your gift!

How do I know if a campaign reaches its goal? How can I stay in the loop once I’ve made a contribution?

Signing up for project updates is a great way to stay in the loop – you’ll receive periodic emails updating you on project progress, news, and/or when a funding period ends.

If I have questions about a project or about making a gift, who do I ask?

Please contact Andrew Boesenecker (800.854.0195 or aboesenecker@isevoyages.org), Manager for Annual Giving and Stewardship, if you have any questions!