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Make an IMPACT on Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Birthday

Semester at Sea is pleased to announce the launch of a new crowdfunding platform, IMPACT. Now through October 8, Semester at Sea will be celebrating the birthday of Board of Trustee Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu through the new IMPACT platform.

Crowdfunding puts the power to make a lasting impact in the hands of Semester at Sea’s community ‚Äì and there are few groups as passionate and involved as Semester at Sea. Through Semester at Sea’s new crowdfunding platform supporters of SAS can safely and securely:

  • Explore the multitude of funds and initiatives that provide for life-changing voyages for exceptional students.
  • Share your support of a fund or funds via your social networks and/or email ‚Äì you can also easily embed a fund inside an existing webpage!
  • Make a tax-deductible gift and then invite your network to do the same!
  • Receive updates on projects, campaigns and other initiatives.
Nancy Tietge with the Archbishop during the Fall 2010 Voyage.

Leading up to the Archbishop’s birthday on October 7, and for one day after, Semester at Sea alumnus Nancy Tietge will be matching up to $7,000 in contributions to the Archbishop Desmond Tutu “Ubuntu” Scholarship Fund. The “Ubuntu” scholarship supports students who were born on the continent of Africa and are sailing on a full semester voyage.

‚ÄúI come from a family where education, service, and diversity are honored,‚Äù said Tietge, a Fall 2010 and Summer 2014 Lifelong Learner. “My experience was amazing¬†‚Älife-changing in many ways. ‘The Arch’ was a presence throughout our voyage‚Äîboth light-hearted (a great laugh!) and a soothing soul in our time of sadness. More than that, his influence on 600 college age students impressed me profoundly. He and I were among those invited to sit on a panel to share our ‘wisdom’ for a class on aging. His confession/realization about post-apartheid South Africa has stayed with me: ‘It is easy to tear something down; far more difficult and time-consuming to create something new and better.‚Äô So I wanted to create something new to honor ‘The Arch’ and his wisdom but also to grow the African student community for the annual ‚ÄòAround the World‚Äô voyage. Ubuntu seemed fitting. As it turns out, it honors my family as well.‚Äù

To learn more about “Ubuntu” and explore the new IMPACT platform, click here. For questions about the new crowdfunding platform,¬†please contact Andrew Boesenecker, Manager for Annual Giving & Stewardship at 800.854.0195 or

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