Donation Levels

Help us send kids on an exceptional adventure. We have several recommended donation levels for which you can donate to help make a kid’s future come true.

Although we would very much like to recognize and thank you for your contribution, if you feel strongly about giving a cash-only donation, we welcome every dollar. You can make a donation though our portal at generosity.com (the direct link to our portal will be updated when the campaign has been launched, however if you would like to pledge your commitment now, please email us at donate@americanseafarers.us so we may let you know when your donation can be made.)

 

Contributions(*) thru IndieGoGo’s philanthropy platform Generosity.com:

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$25, $50, $75 – Mindful Donation Levels

  • Thank You. Every dollar counts, please spread the word, share our cause, and ask your friends to donate as well. Everything helps!!!

Lamp Lighter Donation Levels

Thank you for helping light our way, the kids who will benefit from this are thankful. You have given them an opportunity do do something exceptional and your donation will have an immediate and visible impact on their future as they learn to step up, tackle challenges, and earn a well deserved sense of self esteem that is so crucial yet lacking in much of today’s youth.

For the gift of your donation we would like to say thanks by sending you:

  • An “I lit the way!” American Seafarer Ball Cap
  • A subscription to our members only online blog and newsletter. Your subscription will begin upon the successful initial funding of our capital project initiative.
  • Your name will be listed in the Lamp Lighters Honor Roll in the next “Captain’s Mast” the American Seafarers Year Book.

$100 – 249 – Basic Level Donor

$250 – Bronze Level Donor

In addition to the Lamp Lighter tokens of appreciation, you’ll receive:

  • An American Seafarer Embroidered Bronze Lamp Lighter Polo Shirt.

$500 – Silver Level Donor

In addition to the Lamp Lighter tokens of appreciation, you’ll receive:

  • An American Seafarer Embroidered Silver Lamp Lighter Polo Shirt.
  • An American Seafarers Coffee Mug

$750 – Gold Level Donor

In addition to the Lamp Lighter tokens of appreciation, you’ll receive:

  • An American Seafarer Embroidered Gold Lamp Lighter Polo Shirt.
  • A copy of the first annual “Captain’s Mast” the American Seafarer Year Book.
  • An American Seafarers Coffee Mug

Associate Level Donations

As our thanks, we would like to invite everyone who donates at these levels to the Launch and Christening Ceremony for Escapade, our first “designed for youth development” schooner. Additionally we’d like to send you:

  • An Embroidered American Seafarers Embroidered Ball Cap
  • An Embroidered “Associate American Seafarer” Polo Shirt Embroidered with your name
  • An invitation to join us on a cruise.
  • Your name listed as a Seafarer Sponsor in the next “Captain’s Mast” the American Seafarers Year Book.
  • A copy of the first annual “Captain’s Mast” the American Seafarer Year Book.
  • Lifetime subscription to our member and alum online blog and newsletter.
  • 1 American Seafarers Coffee Mug

$2,500 – Associate Seafarer Sponsorship

In addition to the Associate Sponsor tokens of appreciation, you’ll receive:

  • An exclusive dinner cruise aboard the Schooner Escapade for 2 (to be scheduled for September)

$7,500 – Associate Leader Sponsorship – 12 Available Donor Slots

In addition to the Associate Sponsor tokens of appreciation, you’ll receive:

  • A 3 day 2 night cruise for 2 to Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket. (to be scheduled for September)

Charter Sponsors

As our thanks, we would like to invite everyone who donates at these levels to the Launch and Christening Ceremony for Escapade, the nation’s first “designed for youth development” schooner.  Additionally we would like to recognize your significant contribution with the following:

  • A seat at the table of honor to the Captain’s left.
  • Be the first to send your kids on an American Seafarers Summer Adventure.
  • An Embroidered Charter Patron American Seafarer Polo Shirt Embroidered with your name
  • Your name listed as a Charter Patron in the next “Captain’s Mast” the American Seafarers Year Book.
  • A copy of the first annual “Captain’s Mast” the American Seafarer Year Book.
  • 1 American Seafarers Coffee Mug
  • Lifetime American Seafarer Membership and Subscription to our Seafarer news and blog website to keep up with the kids whose lives you have changed.
  • One Full Set of American Seafarers Uniform Attire for your child embroidered with your child’s name.

$15,000 – Discount Charter Seafarer Advanced Tuition – 2020 Summer Session

  • By booking your child ahead, you are helping us raise the funds we need to build Schooner Escapade, we are offering you a discount for one of the summer sessions in the year 2020. Please be sure the child you wish to send will be between the ages of 15 and 19 years old in 2020. This is not really a donation. By paying your child’s tuition ahead of time, you are allowing us to use that money sooner. I am sorry but we can only offer 2 discounted tuition placements per attendance year.

$14,000 – Discount Charter Seafarer Advanced Tuition – 2021 Summer

  • By booking your child ahead, you are helping us raise the funds we need to build Schooner Escapade, we are offering you a discount for one of the summer sessions in the year 2021. Please be sure the child you wish to send will be between the ages of 15 and 19 years old in 2021. This is not really a donation. By paying your child’s tuition ahead of time, you are allowing us to use that money sooner. I am sorry but we can only offer 2 discounted tuition placements per attendance year.

$18,000 – Charter Seafarer 2nd Session – 6 Available Donor Slots

  •  This donation guarantees a spot for one child for the second summer session of American Seafarers Summer Program.
    • We strongly feel this summer program is not appropriate for children under the age of 15. If your child is not old enough to attend in the first year, we will reserve the first available spot for which your child can attend.

$21,000 – Charter Seafarer 1st Session – 6 Available Donor Slots

  •  This donation guarantees a spot for one child for the very first American Seafarers Summer Program.
    • We strongly feel this summer program is not appropriate for children under the age of 15. If your child is not old enough to attend in the first year, we will reserve the first available spot for which your child can attend.

Founding Donors

  • In recognition for your significant contribution, your name will be entered on the Founding Patron Sponsor Honor Roll, and a solid cast bronze recognition plaque with the Founding Patron Sponsors’ names engraved will hang near the gangway as a lifetime Founding Patron sponsor
  • An Invitation to the Launching and Christening Ceremony with a seat at the Table to the Captain’s Right Hand for you and your spouse, partner or guest. You will be personally recognized for your contribution at the Christening Ceremony.
  • Join us on our shakedown cruises. An invitation for one to join us on one of our six week maiden voyages where you will be part of the crew and we will make the same planned voyage we have planned for the kids. This is also your opportunity to make an impact on our program, give feedback and make recommendations on how to improve the kids’ experiences.
  • Lifetime American Seafarer Membership and Subscription to our Seafarer news and blog website to keep up with the kids whose lives you have changed.
  • Two copies of the annual American Seafarer Year Book. Like a school year book, our yearbook will highlight the summer’s adventures, high times and challenges we faced. One copy each year for your coffee table and another for your library or archives.
  • 1 American Seafarers Coffee Mug

 $25,000 – Founding Patron Sponsorship – 6 Available Donor Slots

  • This donation level guarantees your spot for our second shakedown cruise. (Setting sail mid July)
  • One full set of Embroidered Patron Founder American Seafarer uniforms issued to you for the shakedown cruise.
    • 3 Embroidered Polo Shirts
    • 8 Crew Neck T-Shirts
    • 2 Long Sleeve Crew Neck T-Shirts
    • 2 Embroidered Hoodie Sweatshirts
    • 2 Ball Cap

$35,000 – Patron Saint Founder Sponsorship – 6 Available Donor Slots

  • This donation level guarantees your spot for our first shakedown cruise (setting sail in early June)
  • One full set of Embroidered Patron Saint Founder American Seafarer uniforms issued to you for the shakedown cruise.
    • 3 Embroidered Polo Shirts
    • 8 Crew Neck T-Shirts
    • 2 Long Sleeve Crew Neck T-Shirts
    • 2 Embroidered Hoodie Sweatshirts
    • 2 Ball Caps

 

* – We are not giving any tax advice. Please consult with your tax attorney or tax accountant before making any tax decisions about your donations and how much of the donation is deductible.

* – A Quid Pro Quo contribution is one where the donor receives a product or service in return for their contribution. This type of contribution is not fully tax deductible. The portion of your gift that can be considered a tax deductible is that which is considered in excess of the fair market value (FMV) of the product or service. However, we feel the perks that we are providing in recognition of your donation are well worth their FMV.