Fundraising FAQ

We will continue to offer online fundraising to existing Project Starters and Community. If you have questions about the fundraising feature let's talk!

Peer-funding is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the internet, to support meaningful projects or efforts started by other people or organizations. At Project Travel, peer-funding supports educational travel for individuals and groups.

Peer-funding helps you raise money for your educational travel experience. Starting a Project tells your community that you are serious about educational travel and that you would like them to support you. Did you know that peer-funding helps you build and develop skills in online communication, marketing, and fundraising? You can include a successful Project on your resume and cover letter!

Anyone raising money and support for an educational travel experience through a school or organization can be a Project Starter. Educational travel includes study abroad, volunteer, intern, teach, service-learning, language and cultural exchanges, missions, au pair, WOOFing, and many more. Our focus is students, but Project Travel is appropriate for program participants of all ages.

At this time, only US citizens and residents are able to raise money using Project Travel.

Educational travel includes domestic or international high school exchanges, educational tours, culture and language programs, study abroad, volunteer or service trips, missions, custom college visits, and more.

Vacation is great but it is unrealistic to expect others to fund your spring break. Submitting a program application is the first step in your commitment to a domestic or international education experience. Plus, if you can’t complete a program application we don’t think you’ll be serious about funding.

Nope! As long as we can verify that you have submitted a program application, your Project page will open for funding.

That’s okay! If you need to switch your program, contact your Project Advisor and update your Project to reflect the change.

Peer-funding is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the internet, to support meaningful projects or efforts started by other people or organizations. At Project Travel, peer-funding supports educational travel for individuals and groups.

Start a Project and complete your profile and account information. Setup your WePay account. Get creative on how to engage your community! Your Project Advisor and the free resources on how to peer-fund for educational travel are there to help you.

A Project Advisor is a member of the Project Travel team who has personal and professional knowledge and experience in educational travel, student advising, and fundraising. They are there to help you get started and be successful with your Project.

You can begin a Project right away. Once we confirm with your program provider that you have submitted an initial application, your Project will open for funding.

When you reach 15% of your Project goal, you get to keep whatever money you raise and apply it towards your program related expenses. If you do not reach the 15% ‘tipping point’, your supporter’s credit cards will not be charged.

Absolutely! Project Starters use every financial resource available to fund their educational travel.

Your Project will be open for funding for up to 120 days. You can request to re-open your Project for funding while you are on your program.

A never-ending Project will not help you raise more money. However, staying active with your Project within a specific period of time motivates you and your supporters to reach your Project goal. It also shows supporters you are serious about going on an educational travel experience now!

As soon as you reach 15% of your funding goal, you can access to your funds by transferring money from your WePay account and use them to pay for your educational travel related expenses.

Your community! Everyone defines their community differently but it may include friends, family, co-workers, peers, networks and associations, student clubs and organizations, local businesses, and many others!

Yes. Project Starters and supporters will receive an e-mail confirmation. You can also check the project page for instant supporter updates.

It is free to start a Project. Project Travel takes a 5.5% fee on every donation made and WePay charges a 2.9% fee + $0.30 per transaction. For example, on a $100 donation, WePay retains $3.20 and Project Travel retains $5.50.

The small fee retained by Project Travel makes it possible for us to continue to help Project Starters raise money for educational travel experiences. Our full-time staff are constantly working to improve our website, develop new features & resources, collaborate with organizations and institutional partners, and provide the one-on-one Project Advising you enjoy. WePay determines their own fees for using their secure transaction service.

It is possible to start more than one Project at separate times. (E.g. You recently returned from a study abroad program and now want to start a Project for a volunteer program next summer!) If you are participating in back-to-back programs, it is recommended to start one Project to raise money for both programs.

Giving is simple and secure. Once a Project is ready for funding, you can click the “Give” button located on their Project page and submit the requested information to complete the donation and push them a little closer to their goal.

Project Travel requires that a Project Starter submit a program application to an organization or academic institution before their Project is open for funding. If you do not see the ‘Give’ button, this means a Project is pending program verification and will be open for funding soon. Stay tuned!

Supporter credit cards will not be charged unless and until the Project Starter has reached 15% of their total funding goal. Once they reach their 15% ‘tipping point’, they will receive your gift immediately, however you may not see the transaction clear for several business days depending on your credit card company. The transaction ID will state 'WePay'.

Yes. Both parties will receive a confirmation email detailing the amount of the donation and the name of the supporter.

If you wish to donate anonymously, you can do so by not including your name on the supporter information page (or by typing ‘anonymous’ where a name is asked for). Your name will not appear on the Project Starter’s supporter section. However, a full name is required for the credit card processing section and the name of the credit card holder will be included in the confirmation email to the Project Starter.

When Project Travel is notified of a cancellation the Project page will close for funding. If the Project Starter withdraws from their program before they reach 15% of their Project goal, supporter credit cards will not be charged. If the Project Starter withdraws from their program after they reach 15% of their Project goal, it is their responsibility to return the funds to supporters, minus the applicable Project Travel and WePay fees. Legally, funds are considered a gift for the recipient.

Congratulate yourself for sharing some joy! You will receive a payment confirmation in your email.

Support a Project Starter by sharing their Project page with your friends and invite your community to also get involved in helping them reach their goal! Track the Project Starter’s progress and updates and drop them a line to encourage them in their journey.

No. Donations to Project Starters are considered a gift to an individual and are not tax deductible.

Project Travel offers peer-funding exclusively to participants going on programs through academic institutions, organizations, and non-profits. We contact you to confirm that a Project Starter has submitted an application to your organization before we open their Project for funding. Project Starters have access to funds only after they reach 15% of their total funding goal.

Project Starters work one-on-one with a Project Advisor who support them in real time to help them reach their goals. Resources on educational travel and peer-funding are also available on our homepage and emailed to Project Starters throughout the process.

Yes. Let’s talk about it. Contact us at partners@projecttravel.com to learn more.

Absolutely! However, a free or upgraded partnership allows us to work together towards mutual goals in recruitment, retention, and reporting.

You can start by donating funds to motivated Project Starters. To explore additional opportunities, contact partners@projecttravel.com to start a conversation about the benefits of organizational or corporate sponsorship.