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Give to Semester at Sea


Your Gift Matters

As an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, Semester at Sea is completely dependent upon enrollment revenues and philanthropic gifts from our alumni, parents, friends, and corporate sponsors.

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Ways to Give

Your gift changes lives. Whether it’s a one-time or a monthly sustaining gift, your support means the world to us. Please take a moment and explore the giving options listed below. Making a gift in support of Semester at Sea is easy and secure. If you have any questions about making a gift or if you would like additional information, please contact us at 800.854.0195 or

Donate via Bitcoin

Why Donate Crypto Directly? Taxes!

There’s a reason high net worth individuals tend to donate property instead of cash. Donating cryptocurrency directly to a 501c3 nonprofit is more tax efficient and can save you money.

The IRS classifies cryptocurrency as property for tax purposes which means it is typically the most tax efficient way to support your favorite cause. When donating crypto, you receive a tax deduction for the fair market value of the crypto, and you avoid the capital gains tax you would have incurred if you had sold the crypto and then made a donation. That means you’re able to donate more, as well as deduct more on your tax return. The difference? Sometimes more than 30%. If you provide an email, you will automatically receive a tax receipt after donating.

  • Give Online

    Use our secure online giving form to make a gift to Semester at Sea. You can easily schedule a one-time or sustaining gift.

    For more  information (including a short video and fund description) on the various funds that our donors support, please click here. If you need assistance making a gift to Semester at Sea, please call 800.854.0195 or email

  • Give by Mail

    A check made payable to “Institute for Shipboard Education” can be mailed to our secure lockbox:

    Institute for Shipboard Education
    P.O. Box 842945
    Dallas, TX 75284-2945

    Please designate the fund(s) you would like to support with your gift.

  • Planned Giving

    Generosity comes in many forms, and it’s often the best way for you to support important causes that matter the most to you in your life. When you give to the Institute for Shipboard Education, you help us make a difference.

    Please visit our planned giving site for more information on how to name Semester at Sea as a beneficiary in your will, IRA, or life insurance policy.

  • Matching Gifts

    Want to double or triple your gift to Semester at Sea?

    Use our matching gifts portal to find out if your employer (or your spouse’s employer) is one of the 19,000 companies that generously matches gifts to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations like Semester at Sea.

  • Stocks, Bonds, & Securities

    Giving shares of appreciated stock, bonds, mutual funds, and other securities can be an excellent way to make a gift to Semester at Sea.

    Please click here for more information on making a gift of stocks, bonds, or other securities to Semester at Sea.

    If you have questions about making a securities gift, please contact Susan Sigman, Director of Philanthropy, at 800.854.0195 or

  • Gifts-in-Kind

    Whether it is an item for the Annual Shipboard Drive & Auction that takes place each voyage, supplies for the shipboard community, or services you can provide to the program, gifts-in-kind from our supporters are greatly appreciated.

    Please contact Susan Sigman, Director of Philanthropy, at 800.854.0195 or if you would like to make an in-kind donation to Semester at Sea.

  • Crowdfunding

    Leveraging the connectivity, generosity, and strength of the Semester at Sea community, our IMPACT crowdfunding platform is a new and exciting way to support scholarships, the SAS Annual Fund, and field programs at Semester at Sea.

    Visit our IMPACT site


  • Day of Giving

    What is Day of Giving? It’s an exciting time during which our Semester at Sea family is encouraged to join with our donors from across the globe in making a gift and supporting our life-changing mission: preparing students to be engaged global citizens.

    Visit our Day of Giving Site
  • Giving Tuesday

    This #GivingTuesday, your SAS Annual Fund gift will directly and immediately impact Semester at Sea students, faculty, and programs alike – helping to support the daily operating costs (fluctuating fuel prices, current events, changing weather, and student needs) while continuing to provide hands-on learning experiences for the next generation of global learners.

    Visit our #GivingTuesday site

Change the World

Global education matters now more than ever. When Semester at Sea voyagers experience new cultures, diverse religions, and vast poverty, their perspectives are shifted. Our academic partnership with Colorado State University guarantees that our students receive instruction by innovative leaders who engage students in critical thinking and problem solving.

Your gift has an immediate impact upon our ability to deliver quality education. Semester at Sea relies on private support to provide scholarships, meaningful in-country experiences, and community enhancements to support learning on the MV World Odyssey. A gift to Semester at Sea is an investment in the future and reflects your commitment to global education, peace, and better tomorrows. The world is waiting.

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